New York, March 8, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, the Georgetown University Master's in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program has been named “PR Education Program of the Year” by PRWeek’s annual awards program.
The program received top honors at the 2013 PRWeek Awards ceremony held March 7 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. The event honored 35 categories of excellence in the practice of public relations and communications, including naming the top education program.
"We are thrilled to be recognized by the industry,” said Denise Keyes, the senior associate dean of the university’s Division of Professional Communication, which includes the master’s programs in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, and Journalism. “We are also grateful to our faculty for bringing their expertise into the classroom, and to our students and alumni who make us proud each day."
A PRWeek Awards judge called the program “fresh and progressive,” with “an emphasis on real-world experience.” The program is uniquely structured to embrace the myriad practices and experiences that today’s professionals must have, said Keyes, the founding dean of the program, launched in 2007.
In 2011, the program was redesigned to offer students more hybrid learning experiences across multiple disciplines. This included creating closer ties between the Public Relations and Corporate Communications program, and the Journalism program, for example, and immersing students in more diversified learning environments to meet the need for more cross-functional professionals.
“Our program is platform agnostic on purpose to map to the realities of communications practices today,” Keyes said. “The program also places great importance on continuous learning and critical thinking. You’ve got to be always learning if you want to stay in this business.”