By Barbara Legaspi
An examination of the problems of media reportage in war zones is just one of the projects that earned Monash University’s Communications and Media Studies department Australia’s highest international ranking.
The department’s research program earned five stars in the QS World University Rankings last month, earning 19th place overall, three places ahead of Melbourne University.
The department is also conducting research on media audiences, nationalism and multiculturalism in South Korea, popular music and cultural policy, environmental conflict and the media and digital media and sport.
Monash University was also successful in the last round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and has been given funding for a number of projects.
A Future Fellowship project is lead by Associate Professor Brett Hutchins on mobile media and sport, a Discovery project granted to Dr Tony Moore and Associate Professor Mark Gibson to examine Australian culture and innovation.
Dr John Tebbutt has bought an ARC discovery project examining Radio National and public broadcasting and Professor Justin O’Connor is examining the success of the Museum of Old and New Art and it’s effect on the Tasmanian economy, under an ARC grant.
Associate Professor and Head of Communications and Media Studies, Shane Homan, said Monash would continue to build on the high standards set by the department.
“I’d like to think it’s a small reward for sustained excellence in research-led teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and where we are increasingly sharing our expertise with governments, interested communities and key academic groups globally,” Associate Prof Homan said.
“In terms of research, the list of imminent books and current research grants speaks well to our core knowledge and expertise on a whole range of national and global media debates.”
“In terms of teaching, we will continue to build on the excellent links forged by Professor Justin O’Connor with Jiao Tong University, Shanghai which includes a Cultural Economy Summer School and a Masters unit, Shanghai City Lab.”
Monash Univserity’s Masters of Communications and Media is the most popular Master course in the Arts Faculty.
The Master of Culture Economy is “Australia’s most innovative postgraduate program” which combines the areas of culture, economy, government and policy. It is a new course offered in 2014.
In the university rankings, Melbourne University came in at 22, the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sydney at 26, 27 and 39, respectively.
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