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Connectivity and Education in Europe

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Professor David P. Mellor OBEIssue:Europe 2004
Article no.:12
Topic:Connectivity and Education in Europe
Author:Professor David P. Mellor OBE
Organisation:Cable & Wireless Virtual Academy
PDF size:84KB

About author

Professor David Mellor is the President of the Cable & Wireless Virtual Academy. Professor Mellor has worked in the telecommunication industry for almost 40 years, and has extensive global experience in the manufacturing, service, and mobile networks sectors. He served as a Vice-Chairman of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) prior to being elected its Chairman in January 2004. He is also the Chairman of the United Kingdom Telecommunication Academy (UKTA). Professor Mellor has designed a number of academic programmes in conjunction with governments and universities to address the shortfall in human resources in the telecommunication sector in the developing world. With the support of Cable & Wireless, he developed an on-line Academy and a number of e-Education and e-Training Internet-based programmes. His work with the British Government with respect to innovative scholarship schemes earned him an OBE – an honour bestowed on him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Article abstract

The ITU’s Global Telecommunications University offers master’s degrees in communications on the Internet that students in Least Developed Countries can access. Courses will be available in English, Spanish French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian by January 2005. When national monopolies controlled telecommunications, training was of a technical nature. Today, communications providers need people trained, above all, to provide quality service, build customer loyalty, and create and maintain business advantage. These include lawyers, strategists, managers, marketing specialists, financial experts, and procurement specialists.

Full Article

Never before has communications played such a pivotal role in the provision of education in Europe. The Global Telecommunications University of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is now a reality thanks to the vital contribution made by the members of the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA).

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