MIP: Government Communications Reform Provides for Introducing New Subject Area of Communication Studies
On November 2, an expert meeting titled “Introducing the Communication Studies Subject Area in Ukraine” was held at the Government Communication Centre.
According to Oleksii Tarabukin, Head of MIP’s Sector for Strategic Communications, in order to reform the government communications field, it is first of all necessary to ensure high-quality education for communication specialists.
“MIP proposes introducing the Communication Studies subject area, which will help train high-quality specialists to communicate and elucidate information to people in a professional way.”
Oleh Sharov, Head of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, noted that the draft decree by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine providing for the appropriate renaming of the subject area and specialty had been brought up for public discussion.
“We support those changes, which have been worked out by the public together with the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.”
Serhiy Danylenko, Chairman of the Board of the Souspilnist Foundation and Doctor of Political Sciences, briefed on the history of the issue and the efforts by the expert and academic community to introduce the necessary subject area.
“In our book, such a decision will promote journalism itself, which will evade unnatural ‘responsibility’ for such specialties as public relations, advertising, the publishing, government communications, and so on, ‘embodied’ today in subject area 06 'Journalism'.
“In addition, this will be an adequate response to the needs of the labour market waiting for specialists in a broad range of communication fields.”
Chairman of the Board of Academics of the National Academy of Communication Sciences, Professor Leonid Novohatko pointed out the urgent need not to delay the procedure of the agreement of the draft decree by government institutions and its submission to the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, since this would affect the correction of the educational process in many Ukrainian universities and, subsequently, the university admission process.
Olena Dobrzhanska, Director of the Communications Centre of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Ph.D. in Political Sciences, spoke about European and world experience, in particular, the activity of communication specialists in NATO structures and other international organizations, which attests to the urgent need to train such specialists in Ukraine.
Representatives from Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Kharkiv, and Chernihiv attended the event via video conference.
The participants of the meeting included representatives of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the Government Reforms Office, experts and members of public organizations and associations from Ukrainian regions: Oleksii Tarabukin, Head of the Sector for Strategic Communications of MIP; Maryna Sobotyuk, Head of the Sector for Media Relations; Olena Dobrzhanska, Director of the Communications Centre of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ph.D. in Political Sciences; Serhiy Danylenko, Chairman of the Board of the Souspilnist Foundation, Doctor of Political Sciences; and members of the public from Ukrainian regions via video conference.
It should be recalled that the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, taking care of information security, where high-quality education is at the core, has submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine the proposals for amendments to the respective decree of the CMU in order to introduce the Communication Studies specialty in the list of subject areas and specialties.
The move, supported by the Ministry of Education, would enable the training of high-quality communication specialists.
Earlier, on 20 December 2016, the renaming of subject area 06 ‘Journalism’ as 06 ‘Communication Studies’ was discussed at the Ukrinform news agency. The event was attended by heads of dedicated institutions of leading Ukrainian universities, public activists and MIP’s representatives.
The participants agreed on the feasibility to rename 06 ‘Journalism’ as 06 ‘Communication Studies’ and expressed their readiness to support the initiative.
In order to carry out the aforementioned change, it is proposed to carry out a purely editorial amendment to the List in terms of renaming subject area 06 ‘Journalism’ as 06 ‘Communication Studies’ and specialty 061 ‘Journalism’ as 061 ‘Communications and Journalism’.