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News Update for June 2007
June 5, 2007

USTTI Update
Thus far in 2007, USTTI has graduated a total of 87 women and men from 42 developing countries, which brings the total number of graduates over the past 25 years to 7,352. Already this year, USTTI staff have processed 8,024 applications from 135 nations. USTTI continually works to expand its Alumni by offering more training every year. Upcoming USTTI training courses are filling up fast, so if you would like to take part in USTTI training this year please submit your applications today. Remember, all applications should be submitted at least 16 weeks prior to your desired course’s orientation date and you should pay particular attention to the applicant training goals and work experience sections. To see a complete listing of the diverse courses being offered during the third trimester of this year, please visit the course tab on our web site.

World Bank / USAID / USTTI Webcast
USTTI scholars attending course M7-133, “e-Government for Development: Strategies and Policies,” will be in attendance at the “National e-Government Strategies: Designing for Success” Webcast, on June 19, 2007 hosted by The World Bank. The Webcast is a joint event between USAID, USTTI, and The World Bank and will feature a variety of experts from around the globe who will engage in a dialogue about e-Government. The webcast will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 from 9:00 – 11:30 am EST and is open for all USTTI alumni to view. Further details on the webcast – including topics and speakers– please click here. For information on how to view the webcast please click here.

USTTI and USAID Seminar on “Rural Connectivity”
USTTI is pleased to announce a new, cutting edge training opportunity that has been added to our 2007 curriculum. USTTI, USAID, Intel, and other USTTI Board Member Corporations are sponsoring course M7-225, “Rural Connectivity Seminar,” which is scheduled to take place from August 21 – 29, 2007. This course will focus on opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog technologies, with a heavy emphasis on rural communities where the latest broadband wireless technologies and shared access to technology can create sustainable business and empowerment environments. The learning objectives for this course are to assist participants in creating a plan to kick start “shared access” programs for addressing the digital divide in their countries, including: accessibility, connectivity, education, and content. This course is intended for government regulators and policymakers; as well as technical, managerial, and business professionals who are interested in “Rural Connectivity.” For more information on this training course please look at the course description. If you or an appropriate colleague are interested in joining us for this inaugural seminar, please apply today to ensure adequate time for reviewing your application and securing all required documents and funding for your participation. When completing your online application, please pay particular attention to the applicant training goals and work experience sections.

USTTI Curriculum Adjustment
Due to unforeseen circumstances, courses M7-201 “Mobile Broadband” scheduled for July 9 – 13, 2007 and M7-222 “A Comprehensive Review of the Fundamental Principles of Current Cellular/GSM and 3G Wireless Systems” listed as TBA have been canceled. Given the timing of these cancelations the USTTI will be unable to replace these training courses with other selections. Those scholars who applied for training course M7-201 should re-apply for course M7-220 “Mobile Broadband” scheduled for August 13 – 17, 2007. The USTTI apologizes for the inconvenience of these curriculum adjustments.

Hurricane Season
As many USTTI Alumni and applicants in the Caribbean know, June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. While the season officially ends on November 30, hurricanes can still occur outside of this six month window. A hurricane is a topical cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles (119 Kilometers) per hour or greater. Hurricanes are generally accompanied by heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and typically occur in the western Atlantic Ocean; in the South Pacific they are referred to as ‘typhoons’. One of the most devastating hurricanes to impact the United States was Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall along the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29, 2005. Hurricanes are often a strong test of the emergency communications infrastructure in the United States. Hurricane forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting that this year’s hurricane season will be especially active. This October the USTTI offers an emergency communications sequence that deals with communications during disasters such as hurricanes. Further details, including information on each of the six courses that make up this sequence, can be found under the course tab on the USTTI web site. If you would like to participate in this valuable training opportunity, please apply as soon as possible.

Alumni Update
USTTI is looking to highlight professional success stories from our Alumni in our monthly updates. We want to hear about your professional advances, and how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress. Please send any career updates to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator William Linnoila at wlinnoila@ustti.org. Here are a few updates we have received so far this year:

• “I was promoted into the position of Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Vietnam.”
– Ms. Nguyen Thi Dao, Vietnam, Alumnus of the Regulatory and Privatization, and ICT Policy and Network Management and Development Sequences, 2005.

• “I have been giving responsibility of Operation and Maintenance of 250 Kilometer Optical Fiber link between Karachi metro and a far flung area Bella (in Baluchistan province of Pakistan). This responsibility is bigger than previous one as it involves Indoor as well as Outdoor work.” – Mr. Krishan Lal Khatri, Pakistan, Alumnus of the Satellite Communications, and Wireless Communications Sequences, 2004.

Our congratulations go out to Ms. Nguyen Thi Dao and Mr. Krishan Lal Khatri!

 

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