Training at ITU
ITU Academy Centres of Excellence and Internet Training Centres
The ITU is the lead UN agency for information and communication technology (ICT) issues and an important source for training, education and information in this field. This position of leadership carries with it a responsibility that training, education and information is of the utmost quality, is available worldwide, and represents the cutting edge of rapidly emerging technologies and changes in the sector. In order to meet this expectation, education and training needs to take advantage of the most current methods and means of delivery, while taking into account that in some areas of the world, access to the necessary equipment and technology may be limited.
ICT-related education and training is essential for developing countries, to enable them to both build and further develop their national ICT strategies for sustainable development. In the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, the speed of development is extraordinary. Training and education delivered through the ITU or its partners must address a wide scope of ICT-related topics — ranging from training for government policy makers and regulators to professional business-focused curricula for senior executives and managers to specialized programmes for technical and operational staff. The architecture of ITU’s learning and development activities must embrace new educational methods and technologies such as using a blend of face-to-face and e‑learning instruction. In order to develop a harmonized and streamlined approach to its capacity building activities, the diverse education, training and information efforts of the ITU Development Sector are now being pulled together under the umbrella of ITU Academy.
The ITU Academy’s network of training partners includes a) approximately 60 Centres of Excellence which are institutions sharing expertise, resources and capacity-building know-how in telecommunications and ICTs training/education and; b) approximately 75 Internet Training Centres which help developing countries meet their human resource requirements for skilled Internet and "new economy" professionals through technical Internet and IP-related training programmes.
Along with the ITU-D’s ongoing capacity building activities in the regions, these Centres provide front line education to ITU’s constituencies in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex discipline. The Centres not only need to keep up with the pace of technological change but they also need to find the most effective delivery strategy with the ability to adapt to local culture, literacy levels, language and educational capacity.
ITU-R: General Spectrum Management Training
Spectrum management training courses are offered by several private sector training organizations. Typically courses run 3-5 days and cover a broad range of spectrum management topics. Courses are offered in most regions. Search the web for spectrum management training.
The Radiocommunication Bureau regularly organizes Conferences and Meetings as well as bi-annual seminars/workshops on frequency management and radiocommunication systems and provides regional seminars/workshops, as required, in developing regions in cooperation with the Telecommunication Development Bureau.
These focus primarily on international spectrum management and the application of the ITU Radio Regulations as well as topics such as upcoming World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences. These one week seminars are held every second year in Geneva (see http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/index.asp?category=conferences&rlink=geneva-2008&lang=en for the last one).
In addition, every year, one to three seminars are organized by the BR with the cooperation of the BDT in specific regions and sub-regions. A comprehensive list of recent world and regional seminars along with all of the presentations made can be found at http://www.itu.int/ITU-R/index.asp?category=conferences&rlink=seminars&lang=en.