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1. Greetings

We greatly appreciated to have very inspiring greetings from Director Generals and dignitaries of major international and Finnish organizations, keynote and dinner speeches by prominent scholars.

2. Demonstrations

On the first day of our event on 8/9th, we had very exciting and stimulating demonstrations;

  • NetMeeting videoconferencing via broadband Internet at 45 Mbps between the conference site and the Burns Telecommunications Center (BTC) of Montana State University in Bozeman, which produced very clear video in a large size window with crystal clear audio.
  • PictureTel videoconferencing for transmission of diagnosis quality echocardiography video images via ISDN at 384 Kbps, and a combined use of the PictureTel videoconferencing with a web via broadband Internet which contained a hospital information system and a diagnosis quality radiology freeze-frame image.

    3. Presentations

    We had very interesting and excellent presentations of the world most advanced digital high definition TV satellite education systems (e.g., MINCS-UH and SCS of Japan) for long range delivery system; broadband Internet microwave networks (e.g., Shinshu University Network of Japan and SkyBridge of Hawaii) for mid-range delivery system; spread-spectrum wireless broadband Internet for short-range delivery system. All of them are the so-called “fixed wireless” Internet at 1.5 to 45 Mbps.

    We also had a privilege of listening very attractive presentation of “mobile wireless” broadband Internet for micro-range delivery system by Nokia Mobil Phones group. They are now spearheading to develop a mobil video phone which will communicate with broadband Internet at 34 Mbps in the year 2004!!

    In a sense, we covered all ranges of cutting-edge, wireless delivery systems. We think that our projects of establishing global broadband wireless Internet networks will well complement with Nokia’s approach to have mutual benefits each other.

    4. Brainstorming

    We also had very intensive brainstorming sessions to identify pilot projects in major regions of the Pacific/Asia, North America, Central America, South America, Africa and Europe. See PART II of this report. We divided into three working groups attempting to give written voice to the voids and opportunities in each of these regions of the world. Our working sessions were documented and recapped in the Friday closings.

    All of us are the so-called “like-minded” people with the global vision for the globalization and borderless society in the 21st century so that they got acquainted each other very well and quickly. Without any hesitation, they accepted the word “THINK BIG” by Marco Antonio R. Dias (former Director of Higher Education Division of UNESCO and one of keynote speakers). We think that this is same as “think globally” embracing multi culture as K. S. Sitaram mentioned during his dinner speech.

    Truly this conference has continued without interruption to this present moment, and the partnering and collaborations which were there before but not fully effective are now made powerful by the common focus which has resulted from our time together, and which are visible at the many web-site postings which have been circulated since. Our chances of realizing our separate dreams have been magnified by this new formality in working together within the tight focus of well defined opportunities in each of the regions of the world that were given voice during the Tampere congress. In a sense, we successfully accomplished the major objective of our event as setting the stage for our forthcoming joint collaborative projects in global scale.

    5. Creation of Global University System (GUS)

    The Global University project has been a divisional activity of our GLOSAS/USA. This project will be spun-off to create an independent organization, the Global University System, which will be the headquarters to coordinate the above-mentioned pilot projects and all planned regional Global Universities.

    Our project of creating Global University System for global distance learning with broadband Internet is to prepare the environment for our next generation to create their own new global culture which will foster mutual respect and equality, understanding of people and place, with a respect for diversity and differences in history and traditions, as David Johnson said during his keynote speech.

    6. Lessons learned by this event:

    7. Award

    Takeshi Utsumi had the great honor to receive the first “Pathfinder Award of Planet Earth” from the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education.

    8. Acknowledgement

    We express our sincere thanks to the people of the University of Tampere, Finland and many others for their superb job of arrangement and administration of this epoch-making event with very pleasant entertainments. It was tremendous success, thanks to extraordinary collaboration and help of many people around the world.

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