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December 12, 2003

2004 Course Curriculum Now Online
The USTTI is pleased to announce that our 2004 course curriculum is now available online, and we are accepting applications! We are offering 83 tuition-free courses, with expanded training in wireless Internet, 3G wireless, satellite communications and Internet technology and policy. Due to changes in US visa requirements, we encourage all interested persons to apply as soon as possible. Review the curriculum and apply today!

QUALCOMM Incorporated Joins the USTTI Board
The USTTI welcomes QUALCOMM Incorporated as the latest company to join the USTTI Board of Directors. QUALCOMM, a global wireless technology corporation, will be offering 4 tuition-free training courses in 2004 – “3G Wireless Broadband” and “Wireless Technologies: Advantages and Concepts.” Both courses will be offered in the first and third trimesters. Qualcomm will be represented on the USTTI Board by Sean Murphy, Senior Director of International Trade and Technology Policy. Click here for a complete list of the USTTI Board of Directors.

2003 – Another Successful Year!
Despite the challenges of the economy, the Iraq War, and changing visa requirements, the USTTI concluded its 21st training year having provided 72 tuition-free training courses for 256 women and men from 72 developing countries. Since 1982, the USTTI has graduated 6,504 communications/IT professionals from 164 countries throughout the world. We thank our Board and sponsoring companies, government agencies and organizations and look forward to another great year!

2004 Pacific Telehealth Seminar
The USTTI’s 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar will be held January 26 – 29, 2004 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The seminar, being coordinated by the USTTI under the guidance of Rich Settimo, Deputy Director of the Office of Telemedicine for the University of Virginia Health System, is designed to offer women and men from the Pacific Rim an opportunity to network with telehealth professionals, learn about existing telehealth projects and how to become involved, and see innovative approaches to supporting telehealth programs. Presentations will be conducted by leading telehealth officials from Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Tripler Army Medical Center, University of Hawaii, Shriners Hospital for Children, Hawaii State Department of Health, Kapiolani Medical Center, Hawaii Primary Care Association, and the Universal Service Administrative Company. For more information on the 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar, please contact USTTI Curriculum Coordinator Brian McCloskey (bmccloskey@ustti.org)

FCC Commissioner Visits the USTTI
In November, Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) visited the USTTI to speak to a group 18 senior-level communications officials participating in one of the FCC's courses, “Regulatory and Privatization Issues in Telecommunications.” Like so many of her colleagues in the federal government and private industry, Commissioner Abernathy is never too busy with her demanding professional responsibilities to share her insights and experiences with USTTI scholars. USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, presented Commissioner Abernathy with one of this year’s Chairman’s Awards for her tireless work on behalf of the USTTI while employed in both the public and private sectors. Click here to see a photo of the presentation.

USTTI Trains First Iraqis of Post-Saddam Era in Spectrum Management
This autumn, the USTTI provided vital training to three Iraqi women who are working to develop their country’s new spectrum management and allocation policy. This special training initiative, made possible through the invaluable support of the US State Department, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce, and the Federal Communications Commission, was designed to respond to the urgent needs of Iraqi officials rebuilding the communications infrastructure in their country. The spectrum engineers who attended the USTTI’s tuition-free program were the first three Iraqi officials trained in the United States since the regime change. Click here for more information.

Happy New Year!
The USTTI would like to wish our friends and alumni a very happy holiday season and a happy and healthy new year! Best wishes from the USTTI Staff!


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