ITU launches ICT Academy
DEVELOPMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 23, 2012, 2:34 p.m.
The ITU has launched an ICT Academy taking a new approach to the delivery of ICT training.
The Academy was launched at the opening of the Global ICT Forum on Human Capacity Development in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s event, focusing on the migration of analogue to digital broadcasting, was inaugurated today by Minister of Communications of South Africa, Dina Pule.
The new ITU Academy, an integrated approach to delivery of training through an e-Learning platform that will run interdisciplinary courses catering for a wide range of ICT educational needs.
Speaking at the launch of the ITU Academy, Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, said: “The ITU Academy will respond to demand for knowledge and skills in ICT training, teaching and research.
The Academy will offer a wide and growing range of general and specialized courses on all aspects of telecommunications/ICT in Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization and Telecommunication Development.”
Programmes in the ITU Academy will be delivered both by traditional, face-to-face means as well as online learning. The programmes will be designed to equip an expanding number of target groups with the specialist knowledge and tools needed in the rapidly evolving domain of telecommunications/ICT and to use the skills and related technology in the creation of a ‘Knowledge Society’.
ITU also released a publication on the Digital Dividend: ‘Insights for Spectrum Decisions’ and conducted information sessions on understanding the transition process from analogue to digital broadcasting. The Report explores the human capacity development implications of this transition and addresses how organizations and nations can prepare human capital for a digital economy.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré reiterated the need to expedite the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and noted that capacity building lies at the heart of future ICT development. “Digital broadcasting is the future, and it is essential that we make the transition sooner than later to keep pace with the fast pace of change in the ICT sector,” Dr Touré said.
The Global ICT Forum discussions on the transition and the ensuing digital dividend examined the strategic intent and importance of the transition as well as policy, regulatory, technical and human capacity building implications.
François Rancy, Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, stated: “Decisions on the allocation of the digital dividend are among the most important that need to be taken by regulators and governments in the coming years. These decisions will to a large extent determine the ability of populations to access the Internet and broadband. ITU is happy to contribute to exchange experience and best practices on this important matter.”
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Kenya Power eyes fibreglass poles to lower electricity transmission costsKenya Power plans to roll-out fibreglass poles in place of wooden poles, to reduce the cost of maintenance. Read More
MWH Global names Ethiopia Country ManagerMWH Global has hired Moghes Ayalew Mekonen as the country manager for its operations in Ethiopia. Read More
Can technology help keep the lights on in Africa?By using modern ICT tools smartly, energy utilities could be keeping the lights on, says Ashley Boag, Head: Energy and Natural Resources at SAP Africa. Read More
Samsung hands over Digital Village in SASamsung Electronics has officially handed over a Digital Village at Cosmo City in South Africa, to provide the community with much-needed education and health services. Read More
World Bank approves DRC hydropower grantThe World Bank has approved a $73.1 million grant to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Inga 3 Basse Chute (BC) and Mid-size Hydropower Development Technical Assistance Project. Read More
$870m financing agreements signed for biggest clean energy project in AfricaThe Lake Turkana Wind Power Project meant to add an existing 300MW of reliable, low cost wind energy to the national grid of Kenya reached a critical milestone following the signing of the financial agreements in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More
SEFA, partners launch clean energy competitionThe Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa is co-organising the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3) Business Plan Competition to identify and nurture companies with green ambitions in Africa, and serve as a conduit between them and financiers. Read More
Education summit to focus on infrastructureThe West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) conference 2014, takes place in Lome, Togo, this week. Read More
Samsung solar powered internet school for DRCA Solar Powered Internet School handed over in Kinshasa is expected to improve learning and education through the use of ICTs. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.