Nº 6 2015 > Academia
ITU academia membership
A success story
Back in 2010, ITU adopted a Resolution for the admission of academia, universities and their associated research establishments to participate in the work of the three Sectors of the Union, and on 14 January 2011, it welcomed its first twelve academia members. Such participation was made possible by Resolution 169 adopted at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10), held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October 2010. The Resolution (subject to an initial four-year trial period) states that “the intellectual and scientific contributions of these bodies far outweigh their financial contribution”.
The Resolution was updated at PP-14 and a single annual fee was introduced for academia to participate in the work of all three Sectors. In addition, it resolved that academia members be allowed to participate and make proposals and interventions remotely in ITU meetings, as part of a strategy to widen membership participation in the Union.
“Broadening our membership to include universities and academic institutions was a very positive step. For me, this is a great way of engaging talented young researchers and students in the vital work of ITU, and we will continue to promote this opportunity very actively under my leadership,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General.
Numerous campaigns were launched to attract new academia members in 2015, and several Member States have already taken significant steps to implement Resolution 169. Over 100 academic institutions from across the world have now joined ITU.
On the occasion of ITU’s 150th Anniversary, the “Project Oriented Learning Environment (POLE)” was launched on 17 May. The POLE project 2015 “From Morse Code to the Internet of Things” is an excellent example of successful collaboration between ITU and universities. The students participating in the project demonstrated novel applications in medicine, economy, finance, and production, among other areas.
The first ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D) Academia Network Meeting was held on 11 September 2015. ITU–D academia members, Sector Members and government representatives, discussed their specific goals, objectives, projects and issues with regard to ITU–D academia membership.
Below are upcoming events scheduled for academia in 2015 that will gather information and communication technology (ICT) experts from universities and research institutes all over the world.
Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society is the seventh in the series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU that bring together a wide range of stakeholders from universities, industry and research institutions in different fields. Kaleidoscope 2015 (Barcelona, Spain, 9–11 December) highlights ideas and research initiatives that help ensure the information society’s growth in inclusivity and sustainability thanks to its trusted foundations. A total of 31 papers (out of 96 submitted) have been selected for presentation at the conference, as well as publication in IEEE Xplore. This year’s conference also includes the fifth edition of the Jules Verne’s corner Special Session “Preparing for data deluge”. In parallel with the conference, an Exhibition of Local Universities will take place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
A Consultation on ITU-Academia collaboration is scheduled to take place on 8 December 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. It will provide an opportunity for an exchange of views on what ITU can do to best meet the needs and expectations of academia. It will take the form of an informal and interactive hands-on session.