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February 11, 2003

USTTI Holds First Annual Pacific Telehealth Seminar
With active support from Senator Daniel K. Inouye's (D-HI) office, the USTTI has successfully concluded its first annual Hawaii-USTTI Telehealth Seminar. The Seminar, which took place in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 27-30, 2003, provided a forum where leading experts from the University of Hawaii, University of Virginia and the University of Guam were able to meet and discuss important telehealth innovations. The Seminar included Telehealth professionals from Hawaii and other Pacific Rim countries such as Fiji, Guam, and the Marshall Islands. The USTTI hopes to make this an annual event - so stay tuned for more information on how you can participate in the 2004 Seminar!


Memo of Understanding Signed by USTTI and ITU
We were overwhelmed by the impressive turnout of USTTI alumni and friends at the October 9th ceremony during the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where the USTTI and ITU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Nearly 60 USTTI alumni joined USTTI Board Member, U.S. Ambassador David Gross, ITU Develoment Bureau Director, Hamadoun Toure, and other ITU officials as Secretary General Utsumi and Ambassador Michael R. Gardner signed the MoU that formalized a long-standing training partnership for telecommunications-IT professionals from the developing world.


USTTI Board of Directors Hosts Alumni Reception in Marrakech
Following the MoU signing ceremony, several hundred USTTI alumni, ITU officials and U.S. Delegation members gathered for a luncheon reception commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the USTTI's founding at the 1982 Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. We were delighted by the exceptional turnout of all of our alumni who were in attendance at the ITU conference as part of their countries' delegations. It is always great to meet our former graduates at international conferences, and we look forward to the next opportunity for such an event! We thank our corporate Board members who provided a special contribution to 2002's alumni reception: AT&T Wireless, BellSouth, Boeing, Cable & Wireless, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Intelsat, PanAmSat, and Verizon.


Afghanistan Becomes the USTTI's 163rd Country Served
This past November, the USTTI welcomed four senior-level officials from the Afghan Ministry of Communications to participate in a special one-week radio spectrum monitoring and enforcement course presented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at their Columbia, Maryland facilities. These officials are working within the Ministry to help rebuild their country's devastated communications infrastructure in order to increase the variety and accessibility of important communications services for Afghan citizens. They are the first graduates from Afghanistan since the USTTI was founded in 1982, bringing the total number of countries served to 163. Link here for a complete listing.


USTTI Hosts Seminar for Northern Iraqi Broadcasters
Last month, the USTTI hosted five Northern Iraqi broadcasters, who are here in the United States as part of the State Department's International Visitors' Program. The goal of this program is to acquaint the participants with the way television broadcasting in the United States provides news, information, entertainment, education, and public access so as to promote democratic pluralism, communal harmony, and civic culture. The two-day seminar included presentations by USTTI experts from WRC-TV NBC 4, Voice of America, PanAmSat Corporation, The George Washington University, and the FCC. Howard University's WHUT-TV also hosted the group for a tour and information session on the important functions of public television. The USTTI's seminar received excellent feedback from these Northern Iraqi Broadcasters, and we thank all of the presenters and speakers for their support of the USTTI in this important outreach opportunity!


AT&T Rejoins USTTI Board of Directors in 2003
The USTTI welcomes Ms. Barbara Evans, AT&T's Vice President of International Government Affairs to the USTTI Board of Directors. AT&T, one of the corporations that helped found the USTTI in 1982, has offered 26 tuition-free training programs and graduated 363 women and men from throughout the developing world. We are pleased to have AT&T rejoin the USTTI family as a Board member corporation, and encourage those interested to apply for AT&T's 2003 training programs: M3-210, "Marketing Global Telecommunication Services," and M3-327, "Internet Governance Issues and ICANN."


Verizon's Kathryn Brown Joins the USTTI Board
The USTTI Board of Directors welcomes Ms. Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Development and International Government Affairs. Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic, has been represented on the USTTI Board since 1995 and has offered a total of 17 tuition-free communications and distance learning training programs. We look forward to working with Ms. Brown and Verizon in 2003!


A Fond Farewell!
The USTTI sadly bid farewell to two of its senior staff members at the end of 2002. Ms. Dixie McDaniel de Andrade, Senior Curriculum Coordinator and Funding Outreach Specialist, left the USTTI and the Washington, DC area this past November for sunny Miami, Florida. Ms. Renee Mantei, Senior Curriculum Coordinator and Special Projects Manager, who worked with the USTTI for more than five years, has moved on to a new job in Alexandria, Virginia. We wish both of them the best of luck in their new endeavors! New Curriculum Coordinator, Brian McCloskey, has tough shoes to fill!


2003 Course Applications Streaming In!
The 2003 Course Catalog has been circulating around the world for only a few weeks now, and we have already received 2,010 applications from 70 developing countries. Most of our applications have been submitted through the online application form - and we encourage you check it out. Link here for a complete listing of our 88 tuition-free training programs in 2003 and apply today! USTTI 2003 Course Listings


ALUMNI - Keep the USTTI Up to Date!
USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Kelly O'Keefe (kokeefe@ustti.org), will be sending the USTTI alumni regular emails throughout the year concerning important USTTI activities and events. Please be sure to keep us up to date with your correct e-mail address and other contact information so that we can be sure that you get the latest information about the USTTI. As always, we would like to hear from you about how you are doing and about any recent developments in your countries' communications sectors. Do not hesitate to keep in touch with the USTTI family!

 

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