Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E.
Founder and Vice President for Technology & Coordination of
Global University System (GUS)
GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A. (GLOSAS/USA)
43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998 U.S.A.
Regional hubs link to branch campuses or other regional educational institutions via micro-wave (~ 45 Mbps) over relatively short distances (25-50 miles). Communication from the hub and branch campuses to local sites, over distances up to 10 miles, is to be achieved by spread-spectrum wireless (~ 2-10 Mbps) Internet networks, which do not require licenses in most countries. The buildings with a broadband Internet connection will then also become relay points for the low-cost žWi-Fi (wireless fidelity)Ó networks at 10 Mbps that are now rapidly appearing in Japan, USA and Europe. This advanced wireless communication with laptop computer will make e-learning possible for anyone, anywhere, and anytime with capabilities of Internet telephony, fax, voice mail, e-mail, Web access, videoconferencing, etc. This is not only to help local community development, but also to assure close cooperation among higher, middle and lower levels of education.
GUS is not limiting its efforts to
university-level education. Some major
U.S. universities are heavily involved in K-12 education as a means to assure
quality in their student pipeline. The K-12 education in many underdeveloped
nations is poor to non-existent, and they produce few students who are
qualified to master a university education. The seeds of poverty and terrorism
are sown in children through ignorance and propaganda. What could be a more
important global problem to address? Leadership must come from the
universities Ů including, hopefully, GUS.