ITU launches ICT Academy
DEVELOPMENT| 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
Mainstream Renewable Power to build and operate Ghana’s first utility-scale wind farmGlobal wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power today announced the signing of an agreement with Swiss wind farm developer NEK Umwelttechnik to purchase the 225 megawatt (MW) Ayitepa Wind Farm, located 40 kilometres from Accra on the east coast of Ghana. Read More
Tigo supports MUSIGA Grand BallTigo Ghana came out in support of efforts to raise funds for the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWEF) of MUSIGA, at a ball in Accra. Read More
Heirs Holdings to ramp up power productionWell-known global business leader and chairman of Heirs Holdings Tony Elumelu says his group “has the ambition to generate at least a quarter of Nigeria’s power consumption needs in the next five years.” Read More
M-KOPA Solar, Safaricom Launch M-KOPA IIIM-KOPA Solar has introduced a Safaricom-branded solar lighting system, as it steps up its campaign to provide clean lighting solutions to millions of homes that are not on the electricity grid. Read More
Orphaned schoolchildren benefit from e-learningSkyVision Global Networks has announced the recent donation of its satellite connectivity solutions to further support students at Ghana’s Crossover International Academy. Read More
Airtel DRC launches ‘Back to School’ promotionMobile operator Airtel has this week launched a humanitarian programme to support its cash-strapped subscribers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ease their worries, as the 2014-2015 school year draws near. Read More
TNM donates K1 million to Special OlympicsMobile network service provider TNM has donated K1 million towards the organisation of Special Olympics Malawi (SOM) games taking place in Lilongwe from today. Read More
Mini Grids Summit to be staged in NairobiMajor players in the power industry will convene in Nairobi this November to synergise the commercial potential of Mini Grids in Africa. Read More
Alex families receive Schneider Electric solar lampsSchneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, has partnered with Rays of Hope, a non-profit organisation, providing 28 schoolchildren and their families in the northern Johannesburg township of Alexandra with an alternative to using candles and paraffin as a source of light. Read More
FSDEA announces ‘Future Leaders of Angola’ scholarshipFundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) has announced the launch of its Scholarship Program, called ‘Future Leaders of Angola’, aimed at building up the economic empowerment and capacity of a new workforce in the country. Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIG President speaks his mind
Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.
COMPANY NEWSSAP innovation transforms how Governments conduct business
SAP Africa kicked off its public sector innovation roadshow in Johannesburg, to highlight how the SAP innovation solutions portfolio including, cloud and big data, supports all levels ...