Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC)
Many leading communications and media professionals in Kenya and East Africa gained their skills at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC).
The institution falls under the Ministry of Information and Communication. The college’s predecessor was established in 1961 as an electronics engineering college to train technicians to be posted to the then Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
In 1967, it became a mass communications college to meet the need to train qualified journalists, announcers, programme producers and other professionals in the mass communication field.
The institution has since expanded to offer diversified training programmes – from production studies introduced in 1969 to information trainees’ course in 1970, and on to both print journalism and broadcast training in 1975.
KIMC is working towards attaining a semi-autonomous status as it seeks to become a university. It is currently offering bachelors and master’s degree studies in journalism and communications studies in collaboration with the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism.
The minimum admission requirement for a certificate programme is C-minus in KCSE and C for a diploma course.
The school’s certificate courses are in broadcast journalism, presentation skills, film production, computer applications, and computer servicing and maintenance.
To qualify for a postgraduate diploma in mass communication, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is necessary.
KIMC has the following training departments: Information (which offers diplomas in print and broadcast journalism), Television and Radio Programme Production, Film and Video Production, Engineering, and Postgraduate Training and Research.
It also offers studies in electronics and telecommunication engineering. KIMC has two television studios, one film studio, a media production centre, and a radio station called “ECN 104.7 FM”. ECN stands for Education Communication Network.