USTTI February Update
February 1, 2015
2015 Training Numbers and Call for Applications
In December, the USTTI posted the 81-course curriculum for 2015. To date, we have received 4,519 applications from ICT officials and entrepreneurs in 82 countries.
Course sponsors are already reviewing applications for popular first trimester courses. Applications for these courses should be submitted as soon as possible. Critical ICT subjects covered in the first and second trimester include Spectrum Management, Cybersecurity and IT Policy, Mobile Broadband, Radio Spectrum Monitoring, Utility Regulation, Rule of Law, Internet Architecture, Management, Broadcast Technology, Television Broadcasting, and Distance Learning.
Applying as early as possible will ensure that your application receives full consideration for acceptance and funding assistance. We encourage you to pay close attention to the "Applicant Training Goals" and "Experience" sections of the application as they are critical elements to the selection process.
USTTI in the News
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Cisco Systems, Inc. participated in the release of the 2014 Global Talent Competitiveness Index. As part of the report USTTI Board Member Dr. Robert Pepper joined with Cisco colleagues Tae Yoo and John Garrity to author a chapter entitled "Talent Growth as an Equalizer: A View from the ICT Industry." As part of the chapter the authors highlighted the USTTI as a model for global communications training to address the growing skills gap of IP networking professionals. See it here.
Additionally, Chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler discussed the role the USTTI plays in training policy makers around the world during an interview at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. We encourage you to view Chairman Wheeler's full comments on independent regulators at the intersection of new technology and policy regarding matters such as open internet, spectrum auction and more. See it here.
New Curriculum Coordinator
The USTTI is pleased to welcome our newest Curriculum Coordinator, Patrick Sutter, to the team. Pat is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in history with a minor in German. A native of Buffalo, New York, Pat interned at the USTTI during the summer of 2011. During his time as an intern at the USTTI, Pat exhibited a great work ethic that will serve him well as he assumes the role of Curriculum Coordinator and begins working with USTTI scholars.
USTTI Alumni Survey
As part of the USTTI's continuous efforts to ensure that our courses are addressing the needs of officials who are designing, regulating and overseeing the world's communications infrastructures we will be conducting a survey of our Alumni to determine the impact and effectiveness of the training they received with the USTTI.
In the coming weeks USTTI Alumni from 2011, 2012 and 2013 will receive an email and survey asking for their feedback on the training they received and the impact it had on their work when they returned home. This information will be gathered and used by the USTTI to help us in evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum and for planning future courses.
Any alumni with specific questions about the survey or its purpose should contact USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Pat Sutter (firstname.lastname@example.org )
USTTI at the GSMA Ministerial Programme
Executive Director Jim O'Connor will represent the USTTI at the upcoming GSMA Ministerial Programme in Barcelona from March 2 to March 5. The event, coordinated and hosted by USTTI Board Member GSMA, is a forum for officials from all regions to discuss challenges and opportunities affecting mobile communications.
USTTI Alumni attending the Ministerial event should contact Jim (email@example.com) to ensure they have the opportunity to meet and discuss the USTTI's 2015 curriculum.