Since its formation in The Philippines in 2005, the universities that are part of the network have been carrying exchanges and programmes that enhance their position of leadership in academic studies focusing on communication for development and social change. The Consortium has issued regular bulletins, distributed through the network, to account for the meetings, publications and other activities that each member develops. We pay especial attention to collaboration between universities from the network. All back issues of the University Network News are now available here for consultation by any visitor.
While hundreds of universities in the world offer programmes to study journalism, particularly focusing on print, television, radio, advertising and public relations, only a handful of universities in the world specialize in communication for development an social change. These are part of the University Network facilitated by the Communication for Social Change Consortium. From the Philippines to Colombia, these academic programmes offer potential students a different perspective of communication studies, emphasizing participation and dialogue in development and social change. Find information on academic programmes on communication for development and social change offered by the universities that are members of the University Network.
The first seminal meeting of the University Network took place in The Philippines, hosted by the College of Development Communication of the University of The Philippines at Los Baños, outside Manila. The College of Development Communication has been a pioneer worldwide in proposing an approach to communication that takes communities into consideration, and conceives development as a process of participation and dialogue among all stakeholders. After our first meeting of constitution, smaller meetings have taken place between universities that are part of the network, as well as visits from Consortium staff to the academic institutions. The information is now available online.