The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) has given its special AMIC Asia Communication Award 2015 to three long-time partners that have consistently supported the organization since its birth in 1971. 

Awarded were the Government of the Republic of Singapore, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). 

The AMIC Asia Communication Award is a yearly award given to outstanding personalities in Asian media and communication. Awardees are chosen based on a decision of a jury of AMIC Board members. 

By contributing to AMIC’s growth as an organization,the three institutions have promoted the cause of Asian media and communication. 

The award was given on June 10, 2015 during the gala dinner for the 24th AMIC International Conference hosted by the American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Founded in 1971, AMIC established its first headquarters office in Singapore, with support from various partners, including the Government of Singapore, FES and NTU. AMIC remained in Singapore until 2014. 

The Singaporean government provided AMIC with its first research, administration, and library facility at #39 Newton Road. It also subsequently sustained its logistical and financial support to enable AMIC develop its activities and programs. 

Meanwhile, since 1971, FES actively fundedAMIC’s activities, including conferences, research, publishing, education, and project implementation. 

FES funded AMIC’s journals, monographs, and conference programs for 40 more years. It also provided full-time senior research staff, visiting scholars, and specialists to help AMIC develop its regional membership base. 

It has consistently provided AMIC with vital intellectual and infrastructural capacity over an extended period, and remains committed to AMIC as an international collaborator. 

FES is a non-profit German political foundation that advances the basic values of social democracy through education, research, and international cooperation. 

FES was founded in 1925. It is named after Friedrich Ebert, Germany’s first democratically elected president. 

For nearly 20 years, the NTUhas hosted the AMIC’s regional headquarters within its Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). The University made available extensive office, library, and seminar facilities for AMIC’s operations. 

With its generous annual grant, NTU enabled AMIC to recruit and retain staff members from Singapore and the international community. It expanded with in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond with its programs, projects, publications, and recruitment of members.    

AMIC and NTU’s WKWSCI also jointly published peer-reviewed journals and monographs. As partners, AMIC opened its extensive Asian Media Resource Library to the WKWSCI. 

With assistance from the Singaporean government, FES, NTU and other collaborators, AMIC evolved as an international, not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization that is now a regional research hub for media and communication studies. 

AMIC encourages ethical practices and social responsibility in media and communication. It promotes democratic access and participation in media development and production by empowering disadvantaged sectors in Asia’s developing countries.