Blantyre International University Bachelor of Journalism

Blantyre International University Bachelor of Journalism

Information about the Blantyre International University BIU Bachelor of Journalism for this Academic year. Applicants can find valuable insights regarding the subject on this page. Welcome to The above is information will assist you to make an informed decision.

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Brief History; Blantyre International University BIU) was established in 2008 to provide high quality university education for this century. This is predicated on its belief that education must be life-long – that education is not a spatial monopoly of something called the school and college; not a time-bound learning experience; there is no such thing as childhood education, adolescent education, youth education, or adult education.

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The journalism programme at Blantyre International University (BIU) has been running for the past five years. The document is a proposal following the review of the current journalism curriculum. The proposed curriculum is modular for incremental learning and it is modelled after the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. It is aimed at producing a graduate who would work in any journalistic set up and other related fields at the domestic and international level with professional competence.

Journalism is a fast growing industry in Africa today. With issues of globalisation, Malawi and the region have to make sure that they do not lag behind. Today, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region in general and the country in particular, has witnessed the proliferation of media houses that require trained journalists. BIU intends to contribute to journalism education by filling the present human resource gap in the industry and fulfil the requirements of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). The journalism field has recently changed with the coming of the Internet, social media, satellite technology and modern printing technologies. These developments require new approaches to journalism training, hence the reviewed curriculum. The curriculum has taken into consideration the use of modern technologies and foreseeable developments socially, politically and economically. Issues of cultural and media imperialism, human rights, national and international policies have also been reflected in the curriculum.

Aim of the Programme

The Journalism programme at BIU aims at developing professional media personnel that understand the dynamics of the industry. They should also be able to lead their organisations in adapting to the changes in their environment for them to survive and continue providing quality service to their clients.

Objectives of the Programme

By the end of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Perform any media function or job ethically.
  • Guide their organisations to higher levels despite changes in environment
  • Contribute meaningfully to the journalistic and media field
  • Perform other media related jobs like Public Relations, Advertising, Human Resources, Training, Management and Development Communication
  • Establish own media houses
  • Conduct both academic and professional research

Entry Requirements

Applicants for admission into the undergraduate programmes will be subject to selective screening based on academic achievement at the secondary level. The table below shows the standards for evaluating secondary school’s credentials for undergraduate admission.

Examination Minimum Requirement

Malawi School Certificate of Education [ MSCE ] or IGSCE/GSCE A full certificate with at least six credit passes including the following subjects:

  • English/English Literature
  • History/Geography
  • Social and Development Studies/Life Skills/Bible Knowledge/Religious studies

A-Level               :  One ‘A’ level pass
IB                          :  One upper level pass
Mature Entry  :  Work or Business Experience of three years or more

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