Normally this blog focuses on information more directly relevant to UNESCO. We make an exception in announcing the new catalog for USTTI, because it provides such a great opportunity for people in developing nation National Commissions for UNESCO who are interested in communications and information. USTTI offers an affordable opportunity for people from developing countries to develop knowledge and skills about information and communications technologies though study in the United States.
The United States Telecommunications Training Institute is a non-profit public-private partnership between senior federal officials and leaders of the U.S. information and communication technology (ICT) and broadcast industries. The goal of this collaborative effort is to share the United States' technological and managerial advances with women and men who regulate and maintain the IT and communications infrastructures throughout the developing world.
I was involved in a formal evaluation of USTTI many years ago, and was greatly impressed by its programs, and the positive perception that they had in the minds not only of their sponsors and teachers, but also their graduates.
In 2008, USTTI will offer 83 courses. Each of these courses is described in this 2008 course catalog. The catalog also includes information about how to apply, and funding. Since the courses are offered without tuition to developing country participants, and since in some cases funding for travel and living expenses in the United States is available, the courses are often quite affordable.
A group of Indian Ocean emergency communications students from the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) during a visit to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. They visited the Center other NOAA facilities in the Pacific and Alaska Regions to learn how the United States conducts tsunami preparedness and mitigation. UNESCO of course is sponsoring the development of tsunami warning systems through it Intergovernmental Oceanographic Program. Source: NOAA NWS Focus