From: "Obbink, Kim" <>
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Subject: for final report
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 17:32:48 -0600

Please see if the attached file will work for your Infodev final report. If so, please also add additional contact info for Ben.


Pilot Project Summary for the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System
In Support of the Global University System


The Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System is a subset of the Global University System (GUS) formed in Tampere, Finland in August 1999. The Asian/Pacific System will support GUS development and activities by establishing partnerships and distance learning demonstration projects in the Asian/Pacific region. The Asia/Pacific consortium will explore technical capabilities and options, as well as match educational needs and resources, for the delivery of affordable, needs based distance learning throughout the Pacific/Asia region.


The goal of the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System is to spearhead the linkage of existing distance education and telehealth networks to establish equal access to education and healthcare throughout the Asian/Pacific region.


The purpose of the Asian/ Pacific distance learning and telehealth system is to collaborate with people of the Asian/Pacific region in the identification and assessment of their needs for education, professional development, technical training, and health care, and to identify how technology can be used to create a knowledge sharing network to meet those needs. The Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System will promote sustained international cooperation, capacity building, and an inter-cultural foundation for the education and health care through the electronic sharing and exchange of information.

To accomplish this vision the Asian/Pacific Distance Learning and Telehealth System will build upon progress that has already been made in order to:


Objective 1: Improve sustained connectivity between and among governmental, educational, health care institutions and non-profit organizations within the Asia/Pacific region.

Objective 2: Promote the identification and/or creation of appropriate educational content, based upon the real and perceived needs and cultural values of the learners and participants.

Objective 3: Promote "best practices" in the distance delivery and exchange of knowledge and information through pilot projects, formal evaluation and scientific investigation.

Objective 4: Promote private sector involvement in the development and sustainability of the increased connectivity through the establishment of private-public partnerships.

Objective 5: Promote opportunities for sustainable economic development and entrepreneurship.







Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
Founder of CAADE (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education)
President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of Global University System
43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998
Tel: 718-939-0928
Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only—prefer email)

Kim Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center
Montana State University-Bozeman
128 EPS
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: 406-994-6550
Fax: 406-994-7856

Ben Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131

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