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HiOA member in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union

In 2017, HiOA became a member of United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union.

Olav Johan Øye Published: Updated:
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nation’s (UN) specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT), and is responsible for standardisation, ICT development and ICT in the global south.

‘We at HiOA have a clear interest in ICT standardisation and ICT development, especially in areas like universal design, eHealth, and education technology,’ says G. Anthony Giannoumis, who is HiOA’s contact for their application for ITU membership.

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The ITU has specialized committees dedicated to areas like eHealth and ICT accessibility. For example, they have a committee on universal design.

‘We are travelling the next months to that committee to develop work that we are doing here at HiOA as UN recommendations.’

Giannoumis encourages participation in the ITU and says ‘Anyone at HiOA who has an interest in any of those areas can become involved and work directly with committees established there.’

‘It is a great opportunity for HiOA to get international visibility, work directly with United Nations, and do things that directly affects millions of people.’

‘HiOA is a member for one year, and aims to take as much advantage of it’s membership as possible.’

‘We already have some master’s students who are using the results of their thesis to propose new recommendations for the ITU.’

‘HiOA has a very unique position as the largest Norwegian academic institution that is a member of ITU. The membership will be available for all faculties at HiOA. It is a great value added component for research projects aimed at engaging with international institutions and disseminating research results.’

‘For example faculty at HiOA can use the results of research projects in eHealth and development to feed directly into one of the ITU committees. As an academic member of HiOA, the faculty can join any of the ITU committees. It is also a great opportunity for PhD students, post-doctoral candidates and master students to become part of the work at the United Nations as part of the ITU.’

The ITU has a global community of ICT experts from universities and research institutes that work together with governments, private sector, and other stakeholders to set international standards and best practices. Over 100 academic institutions from across the world have joined ITU.

If you are interested in HiOA’s membership in the ITU please contact G. Anthony Giannoumis at gagian@hioa.no.