"The ITU Academy and the Academia need to work together as both parties have a common objective: to build and develop human and institutional capacity for all," said Mr Brahima Sanou addressing an event on the engagement of the academia in the work of ITU-D.
The event, ""Fostering Innovation and Partnerships in Human Capacity Building: Enhanced Engagement of Academia in the Work of International Telecommunication Union", took place at the National Library of Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, from 28 to 29 April 2014, at the kind invitation of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Mr. Sanou stressed that the demand for ICT skills is outstripping supply, thus creating a growing ICT skills gap in the market. "This ICT skills shortage is a challenge we cannot take lightly," he said. "The challenge highlights the importance of human capacity building".
The event provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss policies and strategies aimed at fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the ITU Academy, the Academia and other players. The relationship is crucial as the ITU Academy strives to harmonize, integrate and gather under one umbrella all existing ITU training services on radiocommunications, standardization and development as well as to extend the current portfolio of training programmes.
Since 2010, more than 20,000 people from more than 120 countries across all regions have been trained under the ITU Academy umbrella.
The ITU Academy was launched in 2012 as the lead agent for all ITU human capacity-building activities, including policy-making and implementation. It works with ITU members, stakeholders and partners to create a major force for knowledge transfer within the ICT sector.
ITU Academy responds to demands for knowledge and skills in ICT training. Programs are delivered face-to-face, as well as through online learning. These are designed to equip an expanding number of target groups with the knowledge and tools they require and to find their way around the rapidly-evolving domain of ICTs. The programs serve a varied audience – policy-makers, telecommunications/ICT business managers and practitioners, government officials from Ministries of ICT and regulatory authorities, diplomats and representatives, students and teachers of telecommunications/ICT as well as civil society.