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USTTI January Update
January 1, 2012

2011 Training Year Statistics
2011 was a very successful year for the USTTI. We conducted a total of 64 tuition-free courses from March - November, graduating a total of 330 women and men from 67 developing countries. Moreover, the USTTI program was as popular as ever, with 2,784 officials and entrepreneurs from 126 countries submitting a total of 11,115 applications. These 2011 numbers bring our total number of graduates since 1982 to 8,554 from 170 developing countries. Importantly, in 2011, we trained our first graduates from Angola and South Sudan, and we hope to expand our list of countries served as we head into 2012.

2012 Applications
We are already accepting applications for our 2012 courses, and we look forward to another strong year. As of January 12, we have already received 2,512 applications from women and men in 57 developing countries. There is still plenty of time to apply for first, second and third trimester courses, so please visit the USTTI website (http://ustti.org/courses/apply.php) to submit an online application. If you do plan to apply for first trimester courses, we encourage you to do so soon, as some of our first trimester sponsors are already reviewing applications.

2012 Training Year New Courses
By now you have hopefully visited our website and found our 2012 80-course training curriculum. In addition to continuing our bedrock training sequences, we are pleased to announce brand-new courses addressing Best Practices for Establishing Mobile Banking Systems, sponsored by USAID; Introduction to Rule of Law and Best Practices in Telecommunication Regulation, sponsored by the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; Cybersecurity, sponsored by corporate Board members AT&T, IBM, Intel Corporation and News Corporation; and Best Practices for Universal Service Fund Programs, sponsored by Intel Corporation.

New USTTI Board Members: Comcast and Google
We would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome the two newest members of the USTTI Board of Directors: Comcast Corporation and Google. The additions of Comcast and Google will greatly enhance the already strong USTTI program as we continue working to empower our USTTI scholars.

USTTI's Online Cybersecurity Training
Membership and subscriptions to USTTI 2.0 are increasing and we are hopeful that many of you will take the opportunity to benefit from the USTTI's first-ever online training course, "Cybersecurity Awareness Raising and Capacity Building." This eight-hour interactive training course is a must for government and private sector leaders who need to ensure the security of their personal, financial, corporate and government data online.
We encourage you to visit the USTTI homepage (http://ustti.org) and follow the link for USTTI 2.0 to create your own USTTI 2.0 username and password. Not only will you be able to subscribe to the online Cybersecurity course, but you will also have access to the new USTTI 2.0 online community, complete with interactive discussions, USTTI announcements and more!
We are also looking to work with organizations to establish greater access and increased enrolment in the USTTI 2.0 online community. For details on how your organization can team up with the USTTI to facilitate participation in USTTI 2.0, please contact USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Mike Beirne (mbeirne@ustti.org).

USTTI Alumni Reception at WRC-12
For USTTI alumni attending the WRC-12 in Geneva, the USTTI will host a luncheon reception for alumni and friends of the USTTI on Tuesday, January 24. Please let us know if you will be in Geneva and able to attend this event marking the USTTI's 30th year of tuition-free ICT training ' training that has empowered 8,554 graduates from 170 developing countries. Once we receive your email confirming your participation at WRC-12, we will provide you the specific time and place of the reception. Please respond to USTTI Executive Director Jim O'Connor at joconnor@ustti.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
On Monday January 16, 2012, the USTTI office will be closed for a national holiday honoring the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every year on the third Monday in January, the U.S. celebrates the achievements of Dr. King, who was a major advocate in promoting equal civil rights for all Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. Dr. King preached a campaign of nonviolence as the only way for racial equality to be fully realized. His work was a major factor behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made racial discrimination in public places illegal, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which reduced racial discrimination in voting. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work promoting racial equality, however on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. This national holiday was commissioned after his death to celebrate his life's achievements and to remind Americans of the importance of racial equality.

Alumni Success
Adamu Magaji, Nigeria: We are pleased to announce that, after attending the USTTI's Broadband and Wireless sequence, Mr. Adamu Magaji was promoted to the position of Transmission Access Planning Team Lead for MTN Nigeria. We wish Mr. Magaji all the best in his exciting new position and look forward to hearing of his further success.
In that regard, we always want to hear from our graduates whenever you have an alumni success story. Whether it is a recent promotion or a new project you have been tasked with implementing, please keep us updated as you enjoy success after your USTTI training. Please send all alumni success stories to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Mike Beirne at mbeirne@ustti.org.

 

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