June 2013

AMIC  Newsletter: June 2013

Grand Opening Planned for AMIC 2013 in Yogyakarta      

Ministerial  presentations and the AMIC Distinguished  Forum will ensure an exciting official launch for AMIC’s 22nd international  conference in Yogyakarta.
       
Indonesia’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Roy Suryo Notodiprodjo, and the  Minister of Information and Communication, Hon. Tifatul Sembiring, will be  honoured guests at the conference inaugural session on Thursday 4th July. They  will provide both a special message to conference delegates and a keynote  address.

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The Ministers will be  joined in the opening session by Dr. Pratikno, Rector of Universitas Gadjah  Mada, the host for the conference, and AMIC Chairman Dr. Ang Peng Hwa from  Singapore.

 

Some of Indonesia’s    most influential media leaders and experts then take to the stage for the AMIC    Distinguished Forum, a session    in which leading CEO’s from the Indonesian radio, television, print    and telecommunications sectors will highlight the remarkable transformation    of Indonesia’s media in recent years.

Founder and Commissioner of Trans TV, Ishadi S.K., legendary Kompas    Gramedia Group CEO, Jakob Oetama, Radio Republik Indonesia President, Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, Director of Planning with PT Telkomsel,    Edward Ying, and renowned Universitas Gadjah Mada academic, Dr.    Kuskridho Ambardi, will give their views on the Transformation of    Indonesian Media: challenges and opportunities.   



Selamat Datang

Welcome  to Indonesia! That’s the call from Universitas Gadjah Mada, hosts for this  year’s AMIC international conference in Yogyakarta.
       
Under the  guidance of UGM Rector, Professor Pratikno, the conference team from the  Faculty of Social and Political Sciences has worked strenuously to ensure that  every aspect of the AMIC conference will proceed smoothly and effortlessly. Bollywood and Globalization.jpg UGM conference team leader, Dr. Hermin Indah Wahyuni, has assured participants  that they will enjoy a truly rich intellectual and cultural experience over the  four days of the conference.
       
AMIC conference co-ordinator, Associate Professor Rachel Khan, has recently  returned from a visit to Yogyakarta and is impressed with arrangements.
 
"The hotel venue is splendid and all other conference planning is well  advanced", she said. "The opening and closing ceremonies will be held  in the Amarta Ballroom, with parallel sessions in rooms close to each other  elsewhere in the hotel".
       
Logistical information has now been forwarded to all conference delegates and  AMIC members. It gives useful airport arrival and departure details, as well as  visa advice, taxi travel, hotel arrangements and conference matters. The  information letter is available here.



Malaysian Students Visit AMIC

Bollywood and Globalization.jpgResearch development and AMIC’s operations have  been studied by a party of some 30 communication and media studies students  from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Malaysia

 

Led by AMIC member and UiTM Faculty,  Associate Professor Dr. Kiranjit Kaur, the group visited AMIC in Singapore and heard  about AMIC’s work and publications activities.


The UiTM students also visited the NTU  Media Library and the WAN-IFRA Newsplex complex. Both facilities are located  within the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the NTU,  AMIC’s host organization.

 

 



AMIC Books Displayed in Mumbai

Bollywood and Globalization.jpgA set of AMIC  publications is now available for use by students and staff of the S.N.D.T  Women’s University in Mumbai, India.

 

The books, currently  on display in the university’s Jumu campus library, were provided by AMIC Board  member, Dr. Binod C. Agrawal, and joint AMIC Country Representative, Prof.  Chandrabhanu Pattanayak.

 

S.N.D.T Women’s  University was established in 1916 and is recognized as the first women’s  university in India. University Faculty member and joint AMIC Country  Representative, Dr. Mira Desai, has said that she is  discussing with library staff the possibility of creating a media resource  centre which would have a dedicated AMIC corner.

 

      



Passing of Renowned Indonesian Communicator

Veteran  Indonesian journalist and educator, Dr. Djafar Assegaff, has passed away. He  was 83 years of age.

Bollywood and Globalization.jpgAMIC  Indonesia Country Representative, Dr. Zulkarimein Nasution, said that Dr.  Assegaff, formerly a Faculty member of the communication department at  Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta, had been ill for some time.

 

Philippines  media identity, Professor Crispin Maslog, recalled that he and Dr. Assegaff  were founding members of AMIC in the 1970s. In particular, he remembered the  first AMIC Travelling Seminar which took them both, along with other Asian  educators, to eleven Asian countries in 1971.

 

In subsequent  trips to Indonesia, Professor Maslog said he met Dr. Assegaff when he was  assistant editor of the newspaper Merdeka and, later, as Managing Director of the ANTARA News Agency.

 

“To Djafar,  goodbye my friend” said a saddened Professor Maslog. “I had hoped we would meet  one more time in Indonesia next month. But such is life.”



  

 

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