2018 was a challenging yet rewarding year for the USTTI. In 2018, the USTTI staff worked tenaciously to graduate 200 women and men from 58 developing countries bringing the total number of graduates, since the USTTI was launched, in Nairobi in 1982, to 9,815.
2018 was also a special year in that Doreen Bogdan-Martin, a longtime friend of the USTTI, was elected to be the ITU’s Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Ms. Bogdan-Martin will hopefully be able to utilize a 2002 MOU between the USTTI and the ITU, to collaborate on our mutual goal of empowering as many women and men working in the global ICT marketplace.
I want to extend a sincere thanks to the USTTI Board of Directors, both federal and private sector members, for their unequivocal commitment to aggressively continue the USTTI’s 37-year history of sharing important knowledge with women and men who are well-positioned to make affordable and assessable modern communications a reality for their fellow countrymen. I also want to congratulate USTTI President James O’Connor for his superb job during this challenging year. Special thanks also go to the scores of ICT officials and business leaders who volunteer their expertise by conducting training each year for our USTTI scholars.
Michael R. Gardner