Name: Ronald Kitanda
Course taken: MA Development Studies (completed 1999)
Current work title / position: Social Development Consultant/ Facilitator
“I am yet to still find such an enriching learning experience as was my time at Kimmage! The numbers of students were small and we received such attention and support from the lecturers, which was invaluable for us in strengthening our competencies.
Besides the course content, the interaction with the lecturers and entire staff was so cordial and supportive that it was a home away from home experience. To date, I jokingly refer to my lecturers and Kimmage staff, with whom I am still in constant touch 10 years after leaving Kimmage, as “my master and my friend”… Rarely do you find a master who is a friend to a servant! Not that it was a master servant situation, but its only way I can reflect how unique and special they are! The spirit of the learning was good and the lecturer and student interaction was so enriching that I still cherish my time at Kimmage and in Ireland!
When I went to Kimmage, I already had a dream of being a private practitioner as a social development facilitator. The foundation from Kimmage has enabled me to catch hold of my dream!
The facilitation skills, the confidence in managing and balancing various working relationships of a multicultural and diverse nature; from local and small community groups to large, complex organizations and international settings, is one of the aspects I profoundly value from my time in Kimmage!“News update: Ronald attended the 11th Symposium of the Forum for Media and Development, which was held from 1-2 October 2015 at Deutsche Welle, in Bonn, as a panellist in the opening discussion on the theme Focus on Comprehensive Project Designs: Towards better quality and sustainability in Media Development. A sound recording of the panel discussion, as well as other speakers at the conference, is available.