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An exciting new strategy has been implemented for the ITU Academy’s Centres of Excellence, starting with the 2015–2018 cycle.

The new strategy has been introduced with the decision of the ITU membership through Resolution 73 of WTDC-10. This Resolution instructs the BDT Director to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the programme, organizational and financial activity of ITU centres of excellence and, if necessary, to develop a plan of action to improve their work.

  1.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future [ENGLISH]
  2.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future [ARABIC]
  3.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future [CHINESE]
  4.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future [FRENCH]
  5.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future  [RUSSIAN]
  6.  The new COE strategic review and recommendations for the future [SPANNISH]



The Operational Processes and Procedures Document was developed to guide the implementation process of the new CoEs strategy. The document explains among other things: the principles guiding the new strategy; the selection of the Centres of Excellence; the Governance process and structure, and how the Centres will operate and relate to the other stakeholders. These procedures have been shared with the membership through circulation by the Director BDT. However, these documents are also being made available here online and in all the working languages of the ITU.


 1. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ Arabic version ] 

2. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ Chinese version ] 

3. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ English version ] 

4. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ French version ] 

5. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ Russian version ] 

6. Operational Processes and Procedures Report [ Spanish version ] 



Under the new strategy, Centres are selected for their excellence in a particular area of significance to the membership. The following areas were identified as priorities at the World Telecommunications Development Conference 2014: 

  1. Policy and regulation
  2. Broadband access
  3. Cybersecurity
  4. Conformance and interoperability
  5. Spectrum management
  6. Digital broadcasting
  7. ICT applications and services
  8. Emergency telecommunications
  9. ICT and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  10. e-Waste
  11. Capacity building in internet governance

The newly-selected Centres of Excellence each focus on one or more of these key priority areas, delivering key capacity building activities to students from across the world.



The Centres of Excellence (CoEs) for the incoming planning cycle 2015-2018 have been selected. The announcement was made through the letter by the Director of BDT to the Member States, dated 27 October 2014. 

The four-month selection process culminated in the announcement in October 2014 that a total of 32 Centres of Excellence had been chosen, some new and some re-selected as on-going members. The institutions, six each in the Africa Region, Americas Region, Arab Region, Asia-Pacific Region, five in the Europe region and three in the CIS region, were chosen for their commitment to the ITU’s specific priority areas for capacity building indicated below:

Selected CoEs by Region

Africa Americas Arab Asia-Pacific CIS Europe
Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Nigeria
Policy and Regulation
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Capacitación de Telecomunicaciones – Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (INICTEL UNI), Peru
Broadband Access
Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications (INPT), Morocco
Policy and Regulation
TOT Academy – Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand
Policy and Regulation; Broadband Access
Odessa National Academy of  Telecommunications (ONAT), Ukraine 
Policy and Regulation; Digital Broadcasting
Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (CTU); Czech Republic 
Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (E.S.M.T), Senegal
Broadband Access; Digital Broadcasting
Universidad Nacional de la Plata (UNLP), Argentina
The Center of Information, Training, Documentation, and Studies in Communication Technologies (CIFODE’COM), Tunisia
Broadband Access
National Information Society Agency (NIA), Republic of Korea 
Policy and Regulation
Kyrgyz State Technical University (KSTU), Kyrgyz Republic 
Broadband Access; e-Waste
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (FEEIT); The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 
Broadband Access
Ecole Supérieure Africaine des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (ESATIC), Côte d’Ivoire
Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CINTEL), Colombia
Spectrum Management
Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche des Télécommunications (CERT), Tunisia
Conformance and Interoperability
Advanced Level Telecoms Training Centre (ALTTC), India
Broadband Access
Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics (MTUCI), Russian Federation 
Cybersecurity; ICT Applications and Services
National Institute of Telecommunications (NIT); Poland 
Capacity Building in Internet Governance
University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology (URCST), Rwanda
Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações (INATEL), Brazil
Digital Broadcasting
National Telecommunication Institute (NTI), Egypt
Spectrum Management
The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), Malaysia
Technische Universitat Chemnitz (TUC); Germany 
Cybersecurity; Broadband Access
Centre for Learning, Telkom SA, South Africa
ICT Applications and Services
Centro de Capacitación en Alta Tecnología para Latino América y el Caribe (CCAT LAT), Argentina
ICT Applications and Services
Sudatel Telecommunications Academy-SUDACAD, Sudan 
ICT Applications and Services
China Academy of Telecommunications Research (MIIT), China 
Conformance and Interoperability
Institute for Technology and Quality (ISQ), Portugal 
e-Waste; Conformance and Interoperability
African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI), Kenya
Spectrum Management; Broadband Access
Centro Internacional de Investigación Científica en Telecomunicaciones, Tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones (CITIC), Ecuador
ICT and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Bahrain
Capacity Building in Internet Governance
State Radio Monitoring Centre (SRMC), China 
Spectrum Management

This announcement brings to a close the selection process for the new Centres of Excellence for the 2015-2018 cycle which was launched by the Director of BDT on 2 June 2014.

A total of 99 applications were received from 65 institutions that applied to become Centres of Excellence globally. According to the new Centres of Excellence: Strategic Review and Recommendations for the Future report, each institution could apply for a maximum of two priority areas (out of 11 priority areas identified during the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014).

Based on the analysis from the applications received, three areas stand out as of greatest interest globally. These are the following:

  • Policy and Regulation
  • Broadband Access
  • ICT Applications and Services

The selections were a consultative process involving ITU staff at Headquarters, regional offices and the Group on Capacity Building Initiatives (GCBI), guided by selection criteria that were made public to all.

The new strategy provides an opportunity for renewal and revitalisation of the Centres concept, for the emergence of new ideas and objectives and for new ways of working that are attuned to current and future capacity-building needs as well as new financial realities. This approach will allow continued regional diversity and will ensure that regional variation is part of a coherent global programme structure – thus enabling diversity to enhance capacity-building outcomes.


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