George Mason to Work Closely with Nigerian Institute

Posted: December 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) of Nigeria to forge a partnership in providing better training opportunities for telecoms and information technology policy makers and regulators from that part of the world.

“This agreement provides the basis for collaborative research and training of real interest to the university in developing its global connections with a vibrant and vital part of the world. We look forward to a series of positive developments as we move toward implementation,” says Provost Peter Stearns.

As a result of the agreement, Mason will serve as the U.S. academic hub institution to host and coordinate the intellectual and professional resources required to support the DBI, provide some lectures and experts to DBI for training, and assist DBI in developing programs in Nigeria similar to the university’s Capitol Connection television/cable broadcasts of the Federal Communications Commission’s monthly meetings.

In the near future, George Mason will designate a representative to facilitate and manage the collaborative partnership with DBI during the institute’s initial years.

The Nigerian Communications Commission has sponsored DBI to play a leading role in training and recruiting for Nigerian and African telecoms and information technology policy makers, as well as “in developing the capabilities of senior corporate managers in the management of telecommunications networks and services,” as stipulated in the agreement.

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