USTTI June Update
June 23, 2015
2015 Training Numbers
To date during 2015 the USTTI graduated 92 scholars from 41 developing countries. Subject matter experts for government and industry have conducted USTTI's tuition free training on critical ICT topics including Spectrum Management, Cybersecurity, ICT Policy, and Mobile Broadband. USTTI Board Members (AT&T, Cisco Systems Inc., Ericsson, FCC, GSM Association, IBM, Intel Corporation, Internet Society, Microsoft Corporation, NTIA, QUALCOMM Incorporated, TCI International Incorporated, and Verizon) have conducted 20 courses during our first trimester, growing our alumni network to 9,259 scholars and 171 developing countries.
Course sponsors are currently reviewing applications for third trimester courses which will begin in early September. The third trimester features courses addressing Cybersecurity and ICT Policy, Spectrum Management, Spectrum Monitoring, Telehealth, and Emergency Communications. We encourage officials seeking acceptance to these highly popular courses to apply immediately.
USTTI - African Union Lecture Series
On June 4th, in collaboration with Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the US, the USTTI began a lecture series for Embassy officials of African countries based in Washington. During this first session the USTTI introduced key subjects such as cybersecurity, internet governance, and broadband deployment to DC based diplomats from Zambia, The Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Madagascar, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon, Namibia, The Republic of The Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Liberia, Gabon, and Kenya. The lectures were conducted by subject matter experts from IBM, Intel, and the NTIA and provided the foundation for these Embassy officials to better understand key ICT issues being addressed in their home country.
2015 USTTI Chairman's Award
Congratulations to Donna Gregg, recipient of the 2015 USTTI Chairman's Award. On an annual basis USTTI Chairman Michael R. Gardner presents the award to one of the hundreds of USTTI volunteer professors who display extraordinary service to USTTI scholars. Donna Gregg is the lead instructor of the course "The Rule of Law and Best Practices in Telecommunications Regulation." Through this important course, she has empowered 69 women and men from 23 developing countries to strengthen the rule of law in their home country.
New Curriculum Coordinator
The USTTI is pleased to welcome our newest Curriculum Coordinator Yevin Jayatilake. Yevin graduated from American University in three years while majoring in International Relations. Yevin, a Rockville, Maryland Native, brings a strong work with diverse experience which will be useful in working with scholars from around the globe.
Please note that USTTI course 15-240 "Radio Spectrum Monitoring Techniques and Procedures" sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission and Keysight Technologies has been rescheduled to now take place from August 3 to August 7. Anyone requiring information about the highly technical hands-on course should contact USTTI Executive Director Jim O'Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org).