January Web Update
January 9, 2007
2007 Curriculum of 88 Courses is Online
The USTTI is please to announce that its complete 2007 course listing is now posted, and applications are pouring in! The 2007 curriculum features expanded Internet, broadcast, emergency, and telehealth course offerings. Additionally, this year's curriculum includes a new training sequence on Internet security, which features training by some of the most innovative Internet pioneers in the world. All candidates should apply online as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for securing an entry visa and funding. Review the curriculum and apply today!
Unique Scholarship Opportunity
To commemorate the USTTI's 25th year, David Mellor, Chairman of the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA), has graciously allocated one full scholarship so that a USTTI scholar can attend the online Master of Laws in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law program at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. This generous gift is available to a USTTI scholar who meets the follow requirements:
• Has a Bachelor's Degree in Law
• Currently works in the telecom sector in a developing country
• Meets the admissions standards for The Glasgow Graduate School of Law
• Is eligible for USTTI Training
If you, or a member of your staff, are qualified and interested in this significant opportunity, please fax an introductory letter and complete CV to the USTTI, attention of UKTA Scholarship at +1.202.785.1930. The USTTI Board of Directors thanks Professor Mellor and the members of the UKTA Board for their continued important support of the USTTI.
The Passing of a President
Gerald R. Ford America's 38th president passed away on December 26, 2006 of natural causes. Ford, who lived to be 93 years old, was the only president to hold office without having been elected either president or vice president – he became America's 1st Vice President to be appointed to office under the 25th Amendment in 1973 and assumed the presidency in 1974 after the resignation of President Richard Nixon. During his 2½ year term as President, Ford's Administration oversaw the widrawal of American troops from Vietnam, entered into the Helsinki accords with the Soviet Union, and appointed John Paul Stevens as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. One of Ford's most controversial acts as president was pardoning Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.
Online Forum with USTTI Staff
As the 2007 training year gets underway, the USTTI wants your input! Curriculum Director Brian McCloskey and Curriculum Coordinator William Linnoila will be online to answer your questions from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST on Wednesday, January 31, 2007. We look forward to discussing this year's 88-course curriculum, the USTTI application process, and possible funding opportunities for the 2007 training year. As always, during this discussion we welcome suggestions about how we can continue to advance the Telecom/IT goals in your countries. Submit your questions online now!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday January 15, 2007 the USTTI office will be closed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the third Monday of every January, the U.S. celebrates the achievements of Dr. King, who devoted his life to a non-violent campaign to achieve equal civil rights between black and white Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. His work led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which made racial discrimination in public places illegal. In addition to this, his movement is credited with contributing to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which reduced discrimination in voting. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work promoting the equal treatment of races. On April 4, 1968 Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. This holiday was commissioned after his death to celebrate his life's achievements.
USTTI Supports USTDA Conference on Sub-Saharan Africa Information and Communications Technology
On March 19-21, 2007, USTTI Curriculum Director, Brian T. McCloskey, will be attending the US Trade and Development's Sub-Saharan Africa Information and Communications Technology Conference. The conference is organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Held in San Francisco, CA, the conference will bring together public and private sector project sponsors from more than 20 African countries; ICT sector leaders and key decision makers; U.S. equipment suppliers and service providers catering to the ICT industry. More information on this conference can be found at www.trademeetings.com.