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  ITU Kaleidoscope event, 12 − 14 December 2011, Cape Town, South Africa



ITU and academia


14 December 2011

11:30 - 14:30


Part I: Strengthening Collaboration between ITU and Academia – Interactive panel

Objectives: This session will be a panel discussion led by facilitators from the three ITU Sectors (Standardization, Radiocommunication, and Development) and designed to discover areas for collaboration. An overview presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. Representatives from the three sectors will highlight opportunities for initiatives from their fields of expertise. An existing academia member will provide a case study showing how ITU membership has benefited their institution.

Panelists: Note: ITU staff will be available throughout Kaleidoscope for one-on-one meetings with delegates to explain opportunities for academia to get involved in ITU activities and answer questions. For more information, contact:

Part II: ITU Standards and academia - Breakout session

Objectives: This session is designed to highlight the importance of standards and encourage the participation of academia in ITU’s standardization work. Each group, led by a facilitator, discusses one of the following topics.

Topics and facilitators:
  • The importance of standards and standards education – When is the right time for standards? What is the impact of standards? Next-generation standards makers – (why, when and how) should standards be taught in universities? How can standards development organizations assist in furthering standards education and increase awareness of the value of standards?
    Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
    Paolo Rosa (Head of Workshops and Promotion Division, ITU-T)
  • ITU standards and ICT innovation - How can ICT innovation in developing countries and emerging economies lead to (ITU) global standards? How standards support innovation? How can academia and ITU collaborate in research and development programmes?
    Robert Shaw (Head of Innovation, ITU-D)
    Alfredo Terzoli (Rhodes University, South Africa)
    Martin Adolph (Project Officer, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T)
  • ITU academia members and ITU standardization - How can academia concretely get involved in ITU standardization as an ITU academia member? Which are the mutual benefits for the academia members and ITU?
    Chris Clark (Head of Sector membership, ITU)
    Sabrina Camp (Membership officer, ITU-T)
    Norifumi Yamaguchi (Engineer, ITU-R)
    Mitsuji Matsumoto (Waseda University, Japan)
Report back

Moderator: Paolo Rosa (Head of Workshops and Promotion Division, ITU-T)

Representatives of each group report back the main points of discussion and recommendations (3x5min). Group facilitators sum-up in a 15min panel discussion.


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