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Important Announcements
March 20, 2003

New Visa Requirements
In response to new Visa requirements, the USTTI staff is working with all course sponsors to make certain that course acceptance notices are sent at least 8-10 weeks prior to the training dates. In order to assist the USTTI, please send us your applications for training as soon as possible to ensure that they are processed and reviewed in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all work together to make 2003 another successful training year for the USTTI!


Important Announcement: Changes in Course Dates
In view of new Visa requirements affecting USTTI applicants, the USTTI has rescheduled several of its 2003 training courses to provide those accepted to our training with sufficient time to secure a Visa for travel to the U.S. These new course dates will ensure that the USTTI's 2003 tuition-free training opportunities remain available to as many applicants as possible throughout this year.

If you have already applied to the courses listed below, you do not need to reapply. If accepted, you will receive notification at least 10 weeks prior to the new course dates.

M3-103: "Radio Frequency Spectrum Management"
Orientation: September 5
Training: September 8 – 19

M3-105: "Adopting New Information & Communication Technologies: Strategies for Success"
Orientation: October 29
Training October 30

M3-106: "Internet Regulatory and Trade Policy"
Orientation: October 29 Training: October 31

M3-107: "Internet Service Provider Design Seminar & Backbone Routing Protocol Workshop"
Orientation: October 29 Training: November 3 –14

M3-108: "Spectrum Management in the Civil Sector"
Orientation: July 11
Training: July 14 – 25

M3-109: "Network Security Workshop"
Orientation: October 29 Training: November 17 – 21


M3-110: "Radio Spectrum Monitoring & Measuring"
Training: July 28 – August 1

M3-113: "Practical Applications of Spectrum Management & Spectrum Monitoring"
Orientation: August 1
Training: August 4 – 8

M3-206: "Seminar in Competition Policy"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-207: "Everything a Telecommunications Regulator Ought to Know About Anti-trust Law"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-208: "Information Literacy: An Empowering Strategy for Regulatory Effectiveness"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-211: "Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications"
Orientation: TBA
Training: November 3 – 7

M3-212: "e-Government for Developing Nations"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-213: "Industry & Government Relations in the Telecom Sector"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-215: "Regulatory Framework & Privatization Issues in Telecommunications - From Policies to Action"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

M3-218: "Regulatory Framework & Privatization Issues"
Orientation: TBA
Training: TBA

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact the USTTI via email - train@ustti.org, telephone +1-202-785-7373, or fax +1-202-785-1930. For more information on the new Visa procedures, please visit the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) website at www.immigration.gov.

A Message to USTTI Applicants
USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Gardner, would like all of our USTTI graduates and friends throughout the globe to know that during these challenging times, the USTTI remains steadfast in its commitment to maximize the free-flow of information throughout the developing world. Now, more than ever, the USTTI and its family of sponsors are determined to promote our common goal of global growth through communications sharing.

Funding Opportunity Reminder
For those applicants seeking subsistence funding assistance to attend USTTI training this year, we encourage you to contact the ITU for information on Fellowship opportunities pertaining to USTTI tuition-free training. Link here for more information regarding the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the USTTI and ITU at the 2002 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Marrakech.


USTTI UPDATES:

USTTI Chairman Wins Award
Ambassador Gardner's book, Harry S. Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Risks, was awarded the 2003 Henry Adams Prize by the Society for History in the Federal Government. For more information on this prestigious achievement, visit the Society’s website at www.shfg.org.

Eighth International Journalism Summer School on Media and Elections
USTTI Graduate (97-115, 97-134), Dimitry A. Ruschin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Head of the International Dept. at the School of Journalism in St. Petersburg University, Russia, would like to let our alumni know about an important training opportunity this summer. The Mass Media Center of the School of Journalism at St. Petersburg State University is inviting journalists, scholars, educators, students, and communication specialists from around the world to take part in the Eighth Annual International Journalism Summer School beginning on June 24. It is an excellent opportunity to widen the view on media studies studying Russian media and journalism in the political, social, economic, legal, ethnic, and cultural perspective. Registration is until June 1, 2003. Email mmc@DR2709.spb.edu for more information or visit www.spbu.ru or www.jf.pu.ru.

March Madness!!!
It's that time of year again! Time for the very best U.S. University basketball teams to compete in the Annual NCAA Tournament to crown a champion. Everyone in the U.S., and many around the world, will be closely following their favorite teams and hoping to win the office "pool." The first games are Thursday March 20, 2003. Keep up to date on the games by visiting: www.espn.com

Personal Updates
USTTI graduates often email information on promotions as well as significant communications or regulatory progress in their country. We enjoy receiving these updates and share them with our friends as "success stories." If you have any success stories, please email them to us at success@ustti.org.

 

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