Preparatory to its official take-off as a specialised training institute for communication studies, the premises of Timex School of Communication (TsC) will be hosting a curriculum drafting session on Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Owned and managed by the communications specialist and Chief Executive Officer of Timex Communications Nigeria Limited, Abuja-based Public Relations consultancy firm, Malam Kabir Dangogo, the school is situated on Cibi Road, Kurmin Mashi Industrial Layout, by new Panteka and National Eye Centre, Kaduna.
Indeed, virtually all facilities needed to pursue its mandate efficiently are ready: Two sets of classroom blocks; two radio and TV programme production studios; a massive conference centre and restaurant; teaching staff offices; guest houses for trainers invited for periodical and specialised teaching; a massive storey building which will serve as the headquarters of Timex Communications; and eight shopping apartments to provide auxiliary services to students.
During a visit to the school premises recently, Dangogo expressed satisfaction that the dream he nursed ten years ago is about to become a reality. According to him, the school will be handling teaching and researching communication trends; financial communication skills acquisition, corporate reputation management strategies; strategic Public Relations management; Social media and online communication; crisis management and employee communications; government information management techniques; developing and managing corporate brands; radio and TV production techniques among others.
The location in Kaduna, Dangogo stressed, is strategic in order for easy accessibility to potential clients who are scattered all over Nigeria. Dangogo also informed that there would be provision for mobile training service for any client in any part of the country. He disclosed that the school management is in the process of applying for a campus radio licence from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
At the start, the school, he said, would be offering professional and specialised training in consonance with need of the trainees, while efforts will be made later to secure the endorsement of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in order for the school to offer certificate and diploma courses.
Part of the vision, he noted, is to affiliate the school to renowned communication studies centres within and outside the country. The school is also planning to organise a forum on political communication to chart a way forward for Nigerian politicians to communicate better with their stakeholders against the forthcoming 2011 elections.