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171 Countries Served by the USTTI
November 6, 2012

During the recently completed Cybersecurity and ICT Policy training sequence the USTTI increased the number of countries with officials we have trained to 171 developing countries. Mr. Alla Basim, Information security officer from Information security Department of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics of Libya, became the first Libyan ever to participate in USTTI training.

During his two weeks in training Mr. Basim attended courses sponsored by IBM, the US Department of Homeland Security, Alcatel-Lucent, Verisign and the Internet Society. In the coming months and years the USTTI looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Basim and his colleagues in Libya as they work to build their ICT infrastructure and empower the women and men of that country.


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USTTI Executive Director Jim O'Connor congratulates Mr. Alla Basim of Libya on becoming the first USTTI graduate from Libya. During his time in training Mr. Basim attended courses sponsored by IBM, the US Department of Homeland Security, Alcatel-Lucent, Verisign and the Internet Society



2012 Training Year Update
To date, the USTTI has received 10,948 applications from 2,524 individuals in 127 developing countries. So far, during 2012, the USTTI's tuition-free training has empowered 308 graduates from 64 countries. With the addition of these scholars to the ranks of USTTI alumni, the USTTI has trained 8,774 officials from 171 developing countries over the past 30 years.

Please note, the USTTI staff and our volunteer trainers are in the process of finalizing the curriculum for the USTTI's 31st year of tuition-free training in 2013. Course offerings will be available on our website (www.ustti.org) in the middle of December. We encourage all applicants to apply online as soon as they have identified the training that best-suits their professional responsibilities. Accepted individuals should expect responses ten to twelve weeks prior to the start of training.

USTTI 30th Anniversary Celebration
On Wednesday December 5th, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai the USTTI will host a reception to celebrate our 30th Anniversary of tuition free training. The reception will take place in Dubai at the Novotel Hotel from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

The celebration will highlight USTTI's 30 years of empowering the women and men of the developing world whose tenacious leadership has brought modern communications to their fellow countrymen.

The event will be hosted by USTTI Chairman Ambassador Michael Gardner and Ambassador Terry Kramer, Head of the US Delegation at the WCIT-12 in Dubai. USTTI Alumni attending the WCIT should confirm their attendance at the reception by emailing USTTI Executive Director Jim O'Connor (joconnor@ustti.org ) by Monday, November 19th.

Congratulations Professor Mellor
Congratulations to USTTI volunteer trainer and Chairman of the UKTA, Professor David Mellor OBE. Earlier this month Professor Mellor was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by the Open University of Tanzania, for his continued contribution to the law faculty. On hand to congratulate Professor Mellor was the Prime Minister of Tanzania and the Minister of Education. Over the years, UKTA and Mr. Mellor have conducted the training course 'Purpose and Impact of European Regulation of Communications' which discusses an overview of the European regulatory model for USTTI scholars.

2012 Presidential Election
Today, the United States will conduct our 57th presidential election. Every four years, on the first Tuesday of November, American citizens over the age of 18 have the chance to cast their ballot for the presidential candidate they support.

This year, Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama faces Republican and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The winner will be elected by votes from the Electoral College, a system that allocates a particular number of electoral votes to each of the 50 states, based on the size of their population. This differs from the popular vote, which simply tallies the overall total of individual votes for each candidate nationwide. The candidate with the most Electoral votes will be the winner regardless of the results from the popular vote. In order to be declared the winner, the candidate must gain 270 (half plus one vote) of the 538 total Electoral College Votes. Since 1900, the Democratic Party has won 13 presidential elections and the Republican Party has won 15 of these contests.

Also up for election are 33 seats in the United States Senate and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

 

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