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Leading Scholars Name ITU Among World’s Most Enduring Institutions
ITU cited as among those that have adapted, endured and prevailed

Geneva, 20 December 2004 — ITU was named as one of the world’s top ten most enduring institutions by a panel of distinguished scholars from universities across the United States. The awards were announced by Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy consulting firm, in order to celebrate institutions that "have reinvented themselves time and again — and remained market leaders — as the unique circumstances of the their founding have given way to changing conditions."

The award to ITU, in the category of Government Institution, was shared with the American Constitution. ITU was cited by the panel of scholars as "notable for its effective information flow". The ITU, founded in 1865, brings together government and the private sector and "exemplifies internally what it represents externally — a facilitator of information and communication infrastructure." The panel noted that without a strong flow of information ITU "would have long ago lost the adaptability that has enabled it to respond effectively to changing political and economic conditions that characterize its environment and ever-changing technologies."

Dr Ralph Shrader, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton describes an enduring institution as one "that has changed and grown in unswerving success and relevance — yet remained true through time to its founding principles."

ITU has been ‘Helping the World Communicate’ for nearly 140 years. It was founded on 17 May 1865 as the International Telegraph Union and has been instrumental in building global telecommunication networks through the advent of telephone, radio, television, satellite communications and Internet technologies. It became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1947 and most recently held the first World Summit on the Information Society, at which 175 countries pledged to bring the benefits of information and communication technologies to all of humanity by 2015.

Two institutions were named in each of the following categories: Academic Institutions, Arts and Entertainment, Business and Commerce, Government and Non-profit Organizations. The winners include Oxford University, the Modern Olympics, Sony and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Each institution was selected according to its innovative capabilities, governance and leadership, information flow, culture and values, adaptive response, risk structure and legitimacy.

More information about the awards can be found here.

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