Latest News from USTTI
June 7, 2006
More than halfway through the first trimester, the USTTI is pleased to announce that we have already graduated 111 women and men from 57 countries. This marks a total of 7,126 graduates from 164 countries, and with more than 8,200 applications from 131 countries to date, we expect to see these numbers rise.
USTTI Completes its Second Successful "Seminar on e-Government for Development: Strategies and Policies"
In late-May, the USTTI hosted 16 senior-level officials responsible for planning and implementing e-Government practices in Azerbaijan, Ghana, Guatemala, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Thailand.
This expanded two-week event was the USTTI’s second annual e-Government Seminar and included presentations, interactive discussions, case studies, best practice reviews, and a site-visit. With great support from Juan Belt, Director, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade (EGAT), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and his office, this year’s curriculum featured a wide array of presenters from many different organizations. USTTI Board Member companies Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, QUALCOMM Incorporated, and Verizon Communications contributed presentations on course topics such as "Legal/Regulatory Frameworks" and "Alternate Ways of Providing e-Government Services." Ambassador David Gross, United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State, and Juan Belt welcomed participants during the conference, sharing their ideas on regulatory reform and the importance of development through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The conference concluded on Friday, June 2 with remarks by Jacqueline E. Schafer, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Ambassador Gardner Visits with Afghan Ambassador Jawad
On June 1, Ambassador Gardner met with Ambassador Jawad of Afghanistan to discuss the training needs of Afghan officials in a country that is committed to rapid ICT deployment. As a result of this meeting between Ambassador Gardner and Ambassador Jawad, the USTTI hopes to increase Afghan participation in the coming years.
Emergency Communications Sequence Approaching
This year’s Emergency Communications sequence will take place in October and November and features courses sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), ESRI, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oklahoma Climatological Survey at University of Oklahoma, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and QUALCOMM Incorporated. The sequence concludes with special NOAA seminars on Tsunami or Hurricane Early Warning Systems as well as Managing and Utilizing Data Archives. Please submit applications soon, as the courses will certainly fill up quickly.
USTTI Alumnus Active in Fiber Optic Project in Zambia
Simon Muwowo, a USTTI graduate of Course M6-130, "Hands-on Fiber Optic Intensive," reports that his company, Zesco, has begun work on installing an $11 million fiber optic network to improve communication and information systems in Zambia. Zesco has indicated that it will consult with ZAMTEL to reduce costs and maximize usage. Mr. Muwowo believes that his USTTI training will assist him in the completion of the project.
Wireless Communication Sequence
The USTTI is pleased to offer two Wireless Communications sequences this fall. Board member companies such as Lucent Technologies, Bechtel Telecommunications, and QUALCOMM Incorporated are among some of those offering this training in August and October. These courses are geared towards network managers, operators, and engineers and provide an overview of dominant wireless technologies with a focus on management skills. This is a very popular sequence, so please submit applications soon!
USTTI Welcomes Our Newest Curriculum Coordinator
The USTTI is pleased to welcome our newest Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Lacy Smith. Lacy is a native of Rhode Island and has interned at the USTTI for the past two and a half years while completing a combined degree program in International Affairs at American University. In addition to her USTTI experience, Lacy completed an internship at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Office of International Affairs. Lacy earned her B.A. in International Affairs in May, 2005 and expects to earn her M.A. in International Communications this August.