At an event dedicated to academia at WTSA-12, academic members of ITU-T have expressed their belief that ITU-T membership represents a valuable opportunity for academics to bring their research to life through standardization, exchange ideas with other experts, and raise the profiles of their institutions.
Monday’s event comprised two sessions, the first led by the ITU secretariat offering an introduction to the importance of standards (read Director Malcolm Johnson’s opening remarks here), a detailed overview of the academia membership category and an outline of the many ITU-T initiatives serving academic members. Academic institutions can raise their profile by contributing to ITU-T standards and see the advancement and recognition of their research through the adoption of global standards. The opportunity to network with peers, ICT industry and government representatives is another major benefit enjoyed by the now 36 academic members that have joined ITU-T.
This first session concluded with an invitation to the next ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference on “Building Sustainable Communities” taking place at Kyoto University in Japan, 22-24 April 2013.
The second session heard from three representatives of ITU-T’s academic membership: the American University in Dubai, Aalborg University and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. The message from each was that their investment in membership had already resulted in significant returns and that, as they’ve become accustomed to ITU-T’s working methods, these returns have continued to grow.
ITU-T has sought the expertise of academia to inform the development of the still very young academic membership category, and all present in Dubai committed to the same spirit of collaboration in the future.