Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Empowers Emerging Young Media Leaders of the UAE

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Empowers Emerging Young Media Leaders of the UAE

Abu Dhabi – April 20, 2018: Zayed University College of Communication & Media Sciences has recently hosted an interactive forum held in partnership with Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and in association with Total.

The ‘Media Ethics In The Digital World’ Forum, which was held at the university’s ‘du Multimedia Lab’ in Abu Dhabi, came from ADMAF’s longest running professional educational programme, Young Media Leaders (YML). Marking more than a decade of successfully empowering young people to develop their passion, skills and knowledge of the media industry, the programme celebrated the pioneering talents that have graduated from the innovative platform. It also welcomed industry leaders and media professionals to connect with Zayed University students and the YML alumni through a panel discussion, as well as through networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Dr. Jan Leach, Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent State University, held a workshop on “Evolution of Journalism Ethics: A Professional Perspective”. Dr. Ali Khalil, Moderator, College of Communication and Media Sciences, led a panel discussion on ‘Fact checking in a Digital World’ which was attended by Ruth Hetherington, Producer, Connect the World, CNN, and Ghaleb Zeidan, Managing Director, Weber Shandwick

Dr. Owen Bennett-Jones, College of Communication and Media Sciences, presented his speech around ‘Student Media Ethics: Case Studies’.


Patron: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance

ADMAF is among the oldest, non-profit cultural organisations in the Arabian Gulf.  Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, of development, of culture and of creativity. Over those last 20 years, ADMAF has pioneered new practices and new works, it has supported Middle Eastern debuts and nurtured the careers of gifted young professionals throughout the Arab world.

Today, ADMAF reaches nearly 40,000 children, young people and adults annually through arts-education and community-outreach programmes as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival. The annual multidisciplinary Festival is the largest cultural celebration in the entire region and reaches across the world through co-commissions and the international presentation of innovative Arab creativity. Each year, the Festival Awards honour outstanding individual contributions to arts and culture with previous recipients including Plácido Domingo and Amin Maalouf. In essence, the Abu Dhabi Festival strives to deepen global cross-cultural dialogue whilst inspiring a deeper interest in the cultures of the Arab world.

The diversity of ADMAF’s programmes has been astonishing and seminal, including pioneering music in hospitals; embedding best practice for art therapy among PMLD and SEND children; co-commissioning with international cultural organisations, such as the Zaha Hadid JS Bach Chamber Music Hall (with Manchester International & Holland Festivals); City of Light: Ravel’s Mother Goose with Installation (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic); presenting the Arab world debuts of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Valery Gergiev, The London Symphony Orchestra and The Bolshoi; fostering innovation through initiatives such The Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award; and nurturing contemporary cultural expression among musicians such Naseer Shamma and composers Mohammed Fairouz.

For more information please visit our website at: http://www.admaf.org/en

About Zayed University

Zayed University is a national and regional leader in educational innovation. Founded in 1998 and proudly bearing the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this flagship institution has met the President’s high expectations. Today, Zayed University has two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that welcome both national and international students.

Globally recognized as the leading university in the region for excellence in educational innovation, research, and student leadership development that serves the changing needs of the nation in economic, social and cultural advancements.

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