In September 2019 – the USTTI’s 37th year of aggressively providing tuition-free training for ICT leaders throughout the developing world, the USTTI marked a momentous achievement when we honored our 10,000 graduate Ms. Irene Ogake, an engineer at Kenya’s Regulatory Commission.
During 2019, the USTTI maintained its core courses like spectrum management while also expanding our training in the evolving fields of cybersecurity, 5G technology and satellite applications. We also continued to offer critical training in niche fields like Disaster Communications training – training that included numerous officials from the hurricane ravaged Bahamas.
In 2019, the private sector expanded their presence on the USTTI Board of Directors while our three federal board members from the US Department of State, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information provided additional training and expanded financial support. Congressional leaders also recognized the importance of the USTTI’s training in the developing world and their support ensured that many promising but impoverished applicants could attend this year’s training.
During this exciting year, USTTI President and CEO Jim O’Connor provided creative, energetic and enthusiastic support as he led the USTTI through its highly successful 37th year.
On behalf of the USTTI Board of Directors, I want to especially thank those women and men who in 2019 volunteered their expert training for 313 USTTI scholars. These generous ICT leaders who conducted the USTTI training continue to be the backbone of the USTTI’s successful, global outreach.
Michael R. Gardner