Dorji Wangchuk, a PhD student from the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), recently received the Top Student Paper Award at the 103rd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) held in Dallas, Texas, United States. The award was conferred by the Religious Communication Association (RCA), an affiliate organisation of the NCA.

The award-winning paper, titled ‘Buddhism and its Influence on Communication in Bhutan: Search for the Middle Path in the Age of Social Media’, explores the influence of Buddhism in communication behaviours in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The paper has been recognised for its ‘contribution to the study of religious communication’ by the association.

The Religious Communication Association (RCA) is an academic society founded in 1973 for scholars, teachers, students, clergy, journalists, and others who share an interest in religious speech, rhetoric, media, and performance. The National Communication Association was founded in 1915 with a mission to advance communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communications through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. Its 103rd annual convention attracted about 4,000 scholars, researchers, and educators from around the globe.

澳門大學社會科學學院傳播系博士生Dorji Wangchuk日前於美國國家傳播學會(National Communication Association)第103屆年會獲頒最佳學生論文獎,獎項由該學會附屬機構宗教傳播學會(Religious Communication Association)頒發。

獲獎的論文題為“佛教及其對不丹傳播行為的影響:在社交媒體年代尋找中間路線"(Buddhism and its Influence on Communication in Bhutan: Search for the Middle Path in the Age of Social Media),內容主要探討佛教如何影響不丹王國國內的傳播行為。該論文獲學會讚揚對宗教傳播學作出重要貢獻。