About the School of Media and Communication
The School of Media and Communication has evolved directly from the Centre for Media and Communication. The CMC was instituted in 2006 by the Pan-African University Council (now known as the Pan-Atlantic University Council) in recognition of the critical role of this sector in shaping societal values and cultural life. No less important, the contribution of the creative industries to economic growth and the GDP is gaining recognition as well.
Specifically, the establishment of the School of Media and Communication is informed by the aspiration to train professionals in this area of culture who would uphold the highest intellectual, ethical and professional values that promote creativity, critical knowledge, technical perfection, social responsibility, and the spirit of enterprise. The School’s programmes will prepare students for careers in the creative industries, in business generally, and in various public and private domains.
The primary goal of the School of Media and Communication is the formation of media and communication professionals, to enable them pursue their calling of service to human cultures with a sense of creativity, skill, knowledge and values. We wish to contribute through our expertise to the professional excellence of the creative industries in our country and the continent of Africa.
The vision of the School is to be internationally recognized as a prestigious institution offering high quality education in communication and media; to be a reference point for research in Africa, and to be a leading centre of learning globally. It is expected that the level and high standard of the School will influence positively all other faculties of its nature across the country and the African continent.
SMC and Opus Dei
The operations of the School of Media and Communication (SMC) are guided by the Christian identity of the Pan-Atlantic University. The University, in turn, draws its inspirations from the teachings of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. In its teaching and research, therefore, the SMC strives to ensure that due emphasis is given to the Christian conception of the human person and society. Towards this end, SMC strives to recognise the dignity of every person and to contribute to the good of the society. This is of particular importance in SMC’s mission of training media professionals that will uphold the highest intellectual, ethical and professional values while contributing to societal development.
To guarantee its adherence to its Christian identity, SMC, like the rest of the University, benefits from the role played by the Prelature of Opus Dei. The Prelature of Opus helps the University ensure that all its activities are informed by the Christian view of the person, the world and society. This view upholds the virtues that promote, among others, the dignity of work, unity of life and freedom in line with responsibility. It is further reflected in SMC’s openness to people of all creeds, races, and social conditions and the respect that it shows for the freedom of individual consciences. This love for freedom is inspired very much by the teachings of Saint Josemaría.
St Josemaría Escrivá (1902 – 1975)
Saint Josemaría founded Opus Dei on 2 October, 1928, in Madrid, Spain. From that day till his death on 26 June, 1975, he dedicated himself to both the foundational work of Opus Dei and subsequently to the government and expansion of Opus Dei globally. At the time of his death Opus Dei was active in over 60 countries on five continents. Among other things, St Josemaría expressed a passion for truth and a love for freedom.
The Mission of Opus Dei
Opus Dei was founded to spread the message of the universal call to holiness. According to this message, holiness is not restricted to a privileged few; rather, everyone is called to seek holiness in and through their everyday activities. Since its inception, Opus Dei has received the support of the Church’s hierarchy. Pope John Paul II erected it as a personal prelature in 1982. Personal prelatures are institutions in the Catholic Church established to fulfil specific pastoral tasks.
Members of Opus Dei are men and women drawn from all walks of life. The vast majority are lay men and women, both married and single. A small minority are priests. Persons who ask to join Opus Dei do so on the basis of having received a divine call. This is in accordance with Catholic theology.
You can find out more about Opus Dei on: www.opusdei.ng