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ITU Academy Training Centres selected to enhance digital skills development

ITU’s flagship programme will deliver high-quality ICT training and build capacity for digital transformation across the globe

Geneva, 09 February 2023

​​​​​​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has selected organizations from around the world to join its new flagship ITU Academy Training Centres (ATC) programme.

The ATC programme aims to deliver high-quality information and communication technology (ICT) training to develop both institutional and individual capacity in ITU's diverse membership and, in turn, across the global ICT and telecommunications industry.

The ATCs will become operational in the second half of 2023.

“Digital skills and development are a cornerstone of stronger, more sustainable economies," said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU Secretary-General. “The organizations participating in the ITU Academy Training Centres programme have demonstrated their commitment to high-quality capacity development for all. Together, we are nurturing well-equipped digital professionals in developing countries and strengthening the ability of all countries to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals."

​​The selected Centres will support ITU's development priorities by strengthening capacity building and boosting technical ICT skills and proficiency, particularly in developing countries.

Through the ATC programme, training will be provided to intermediate- and senior-level personnel with courses tailored to the most pressing needs of ITU's membership, including on policy and regulation, network infrastructure, spectrum management, cybersecurity, digital inclusion, and digital services.

The courses will be conducted online through ITU's e-learning platform, the ITU Academy. Hybrid and face-to-face courses will also be possible. Registration will be available online through the ITU Academy platform.

“As we continue to support our Member States' digital transformation goals, the need to constantly upgrade digital skills and qualifications of all stakeholders must not be overlooked," said Cosmas Zavazava, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). “Building on BDT's vast experience in capacity development, the training delivered by the selected ATCs will help our members keep pace with emerging demands and new regional priorities."

Regional and global reach

The first Centres, by region, are:

Africa​ Americas Arab States Asia and the Pacific  Europe Multi-region

Out of around 50 applications from 35 countries received, these first Centres were chosen based on selection criteria including: institutional quality and capacity; expertise in delivering training in ITU's priority topics; and commitment to programme development and working with ITU and other Centres.

The ATC programme was established by ITU's World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) last year in Kigali, Rwanda, seeking to build on ITU's digital skills development expertise and growing global network of capacity-building partners.

The programme is the successor to Centres of Excellence (CoE), one of ITU's top training initiatives for over 20 years.

Further information on the ITU Academy Training Centres programme is available at: 

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