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February Update
February 13, 2009

27th Training Year Begins
USTTI’s 27th year of tuition-free training officially began on Monday, February 9th with “Introduction to US Commercial Television Broadcasting,” sponsored by USTTI Board Member News Corporation and WJBK Fox 2 Television in Detroit, MI. This session is the first of 14 television broadcast training courses offered in USTTI’s expanded 2009 curriculum.

High Demand to Attend USTTI training
The demand for USTTI training continues to be very strong in 2009 – our diverse 97 tuition-free course curriculum has already attracted 5,791 applications from 100 developing countries. Acceptances are currently being sent out for first trimester sequences and our volunteer professors are beginning to review applications for our popular second trimester courses in e-Government, Telecommunications Policy and Regulation, Management and Wireless Communications. To ensure your best chance of participating in 2009, please make sure to submit your online application for training as soon as possible.

Women’s Leadership Seminar
From May 11th -15th, the USTTI Board of Directors will host a hand selected group of 20-25 women for a five day Women’s Leadership Seminar in Washington, DC. The goal of this seminar is to better equip women leaders from developing nations to promote enlightened ICT regulatory reform and policy development, while also confronting many of the specific challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The seminar discussions will be led by USTTI Board members and senior officials representing the U.S. government. This seminar is a very exciting first for USTTI and we are looking forward to a great deal of intensely constructive idea sharing.

USTTI Meets With Sub-Saharan Broadcasters at DISCOP AFRICA 09
On February 25th and 26th, USTTI Curriculum Director, Brian T. McCloskey, will participate in the DISCOP AFRICA 09 conference in Dakar, Senegal. DISCOP, which is affiliated with long-time USTTI trainer National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), has designed the conference to bring together highly-motivated programming, acquisitions, production, distribution and advertising executives ready to implement creative and innovative solutions that could enhance the development of television content business in Africa. More information on the conference can be found at: http://www.discop.com/ci/pages/show/about_discop_africa.

Inauguration recap and President’s Day
On January 20, 2009 President Barak Obama was sworn in as the United States 44th President. Millions of people from around the United States and the world flocked to the National Mall in Washington, DC to attend the inaugural ceremony and parade. This record breaking crowd, in addition to the millions around the world who watched the proceedings remotely, made this the most viewed inauguration in history.

Four weeks after the inauguration of President Obama, the United States will observe Presidents’ Day. This federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday of February, honors our first President, George Washington, who served as Commander-in-Chief from 1789 – 1797.

Alumni Update:
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:

Gakiria Andrew (Kenya), 2007 alumnus, is actively contributing towards further development at home as the coordinator of, Kenya e-Learning Center, an initiative that he helped launch upon his return home under the auspices of the Office of the President and the Ministry of Education to promote e-learning in public sector.

Ernesto Canales (Peru), 2008 alumnus, performed a workshop for his co-workers, concerning a number of Digital television topics covered in the USTTI curriculum. He and his coworkers are using this knowledge to increase their capacity to work with Digital Television and to foster the development of his organization.

Congratulations to our alumni for their recent successes. Please continue to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress by sending any career updates to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Ann Shikany, at ashikany@ustti.org

 

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