<<February 16, 2000>>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Dr. Williams Chang <wychang@nsf.gov>

Alexander P. De Angelis <adeangel@nsf.gov>

Dr. Teresita I. Barcelo <tbarcelo@iconn.com.ph>

Dr. David A. Johnson <daj@utk.edu>

Dear Kim:

(1) ATTACHMENT I is the main narrative of the NSF travel grant application
for our Manila mini-workshop.

In my following msgs, I will send its ANNEX I to IV.

I will also send you its Microsoft WORD version.

(2) Referring to our discussions at Dr. De Angelis' office on October
19th of last year, I would greatly appreciate it if you can kindly submit it to him.

Pls complete the budget section and others.

(3) I talked with Dr. Chang and Dr. De Angelis (twice for each) over the phone.

Dr. Chang told me that any citizen can be included as a grant
nominee, on condition that the event needs to be approved by their peer
members as grant worthy.

When I checked this with Dr. De Angelis, he was not sure about this rule
and promised to me to check with Dr. Chang. I haven't received his
confirmation. Subsequently, I included non-American citizens/residents.
Pls check on this from your end before your submission.

President Clinton's Union speech last month said;

To realize the full possibilities of the new economy, we must
reach beyond our own borders, to shape the revolution that is
tearing down barriers and building new networks among nations and
individuals, economies and cultures: globalization. It is the
central reality of our time. Change this profound is both
liberating and threatening. But there is no turning back. And our
open, creative society stands to benefit more than any other if we
understand, and act on, the new realities of interdependence. We
must be at the center of every vital global network, as a good
neighbor and partner. We cannot build our future without helping
others to build theirs."

I hope that the NSF peer group members will see our effort along with
President Clinton's vision.

Dear Teresita:

(4) We are very sorry for our substantial delay of this application.

Because of this delay, I would like to request to postpone our original
dates of this mini-workshop from March 29 to 31 to some other convenient
dates. Pls kindly inform me two alternate dates.

Dear Electronic Colleagues (particularly grant nominees):

Pls note this request.

(5) Our colleagues of the North American Group, South American Group,
European Group are now raising funds jointly with us for their mini-workshops.

I would then suggest that you may follow their suit. In such a case,
pls feel free to utilize any part of this application. Pls let me know
so that we can work together on drafting your fund applications and
seeking the appropriate funding sources, etc.

Dear David:

(6) Pls feel free to utilize any part of this for your NSF travel grant
application for our Manaus/Amazonas mini-workshop on May 30, June 1 and 2, 2000.

Best, Tak

Travel Grant Application

Mini-Workshop for Pilot Project of
Global University System in the Philippines
for Tele-learning and Tele-Health/Tele-Medicine
at The University of Philippines/Open University

Manila, Philippines
(Tentative Dates were March 29 - 31, 2000)

To be submitted to

Alexander P. De Angelis
Director, East Asia and Pacific Program
Division of International Programs
U.S. National Science Foundation, Room 921
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230 U.S.A.
TEL: 703 306-1704
FAX: 703 306-0477

Principal Investigator:
Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Co-Principal Investigator:
Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E.
Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of Global
University System (GUS) 43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998
Tel: 718-939-0928
Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email)

Table of Contents

Project Summary

The goals and objectives

The purposes

The telepresence demonstration

The expected outcome

American Participation Request to NSF

Planning Outline

Dissemination Plan

Bibliography: Reference web sites

Bliographical Sketches

Budget and Justification

Current and Pending Support NSF form

Names of American Participants for Funding Request

Foreign Counterpart Endorsement

ANNEX I: Tentative Schedule of Mini-workshop

ANNEX II: Names of Participants for Funding Request

ANNEX III: Foreign Counterpart Endorsement

ANNEX IV: Pilot Project Proposal
















List of Prospective Participants





Biographies of Key Personnels




Project Summary

The International Workshop and Conference on Emerging Global Electronic
Distance Learning (EGEDL'99)" was held on August 9th - 13th, 1999 at the
University of Tampere, Finland <http://www.uta.fi/EGEDL/>. It was supported by the
United States National Science Foundation, the United States Information
Agency (USIA), the Information and Development Program (infoDev) administered
by the World Bank, the British Council, the Ministry of Education Finland,
Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute, and others.

The event brought together decision-makers from underserved countries and
leaders in distance learning and telemedicine who discussed practical
solutions for the implementation of affordable global electronic distance
learning across national boundaries.

The Global University System (GUS) was formed with group activities in the
major regions of the Asia/Pacific, North, Central and South Americas, Europe
and Africa (see PART II of the Final Report of the event at the URL mentioned
above). In order to support this GUS, the establishments of global private
virtual network with broadband Internet and of the Global Service Trust Fund
(GSTF) <http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/projectsindex.htm> were also
discussed at this event.

The Global University System in the Philippines is a subset of the GUS. This
system in the Philippines will support GUS development and activities by
establishing partnerships and distance learning demonstration projects in
cooperation with the US counterparts. The consortium will explore technical
capabilities and options, as well as match educational needs and resources,
for the delivery of affordable, needs based distance learning in the
Philippines and between the Philippines and the US, thus realizing global
collaboration and partnership to ensure students' learnability.

This proposed mini-workshop at the University of the Philippines/Open
University (UPOU) (see ANNEX I for its tentative schedule) is to collectively
brainstorm on the formalization and solidification of the pilot project on
international distance learning between the Philippines and the U.S. (see ANNEX IV).

The goals and objectives of the mini-workshop are to:

I. Promote accessible, affordable global distance education;
II. Increase understanding of different cultural conditions, values and needs;
III. Emphasize values of sustainability and equality;
IV. Link enthusiasts with decision-makers and funding resources;
V. Identify pilot projects that will lead to full scale distance education; and
VI. Discuss standardization of courses, credits, accreditation.

The purposes of the mini-workshop are to:

1. Introduce the aforementioned pilot project to Filipino,
2. Learn from Filipino about,
a. current status of distance learning and telemedicine
(including the delivery infrastructure),
b. their need in the future, particularly when a broadband
Internet will be available,
3. Present what can be (or will be) available from North America,
a. via narrow-band Internet and ISDN, etc., i.e., through
currently available telecom infrastructure,
b. via broad-band Internet when it is available,
4. Discuss and plan the theme and program of the larger
workshop/conference (as to the follow-up to our Tampere event --
for 3 to 4 or 5 days) to be held in Japan where ASEAN country
people will jointly work;
a. to formalize the draft of the pilot project proposal,
b. to make the feasibility study, action plan, etc. to realize
the project of establishing domestic and international
distance learning and telemedicine,
a. firstly, via the currently available narrow-band Internet,
b. in the near future, via the proposed global broadband
(45 Mbps) wireless and satellite Internet,
c. to configure administrative and business schemes,
d. to construct joint funding proposals,
5. Plan joint fund raising for the larger workshop/conference in Japan.

The telepresence demonstration with echocardiography will be performed at the
conference by the Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New York.
The echocardiograph signal of a patient on a tread mill in Manila will be sent
to Presbyterian for diagnosis, as we have done during our Tampere event in
Finland last August. However, this time, the 3D image of his heart will also
be constructed as an upgraded feature. Both will be disseminated to the
participants around the world via ISDN and Internet.

The global broadband Internet infrastructure also provides exciting
opportunities for distance/distributed learning. Workshop presentations will
explore applications, as well as technical strengths and weaknesses for
sharing education, information, and resources throughout the world.
Discussions are well underway among conference participants regarding the
development and dissemination of education for engineers, healthcare
providers, emergency medical professionals, and primary and secondary teachers.

The expected outcomes of the mini-workshop are:

* Formation of project/partnership teams
* Direction for collaboratively furthering global electronic distance education
* Assessment of the technical capacity and infrastructure setup in the Philippines
* Needs assessment and content for pilot projects
* Enhancement of human and infrastructure capacity (whenever required)
* Organization and implementation of distance learning (DL) courses
* Assessment of the effectiveness and sustainability of the approach established
* Development of a wider program to broaden the utilization of DL to other sectors and specialties
* Strategy of joint fund raising for the projects of implementing selected DL courses
* Outline of the larger workshop
* Fund raising strategies for the larger workshop
* Conference report for public dissemination

American Participation Request to NSF:

This proposal is a request for funding for American participation in the
proposed workshop. American parties have substantial experience to contribute
to this project regarding the exchange of educational, vocational, and medical
information and knowledge with counterparts in the Philippines and around the
Pacific rim countries (and eventually around the world).

It is essential for American colleagues to participate in this project from
the initial stages. American participants will be instrumental in providing
experience and demonstrations using broadband Internet access for education
and access to information, and it will be critical to include American
colleagues in the initial technical and content project design. Hawaii, in
particular, will provide a critical technical link for reaching the
Asia/Pacific region with a proposed uplinking earth station at the Maui
Research and Technology Center. This Center already has 45 Mbps Internet line
through the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), and will soon be
upgraded to 192 Mbps.

The Grant funds requested by Montana State University in this proposal shall
be used exclusively to bring together American educators to discuss practical
solutions for the implementation of affordable global electronic distance
learning and telemedicine across national boundaries and to establish
partnerships for pilot projects.

This mini-workshop will explore the possibility of establishing electronic
distance education links between Montana State University (MSU) and the
University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) in Manila through the
Burns Telecommunications Center at MSU. When the proposed broadband Internet
is established with funds from the Japanese Government, educational and
medical courses as well as other educational opportunities will be up-linked
from an earth station located on Maui to the broad band Internet network which
will cover most of the Pacific Islands and Asian countries. All of these
collaborations will be formulated into a formal proposal at the workshop.

Planning Outline:

5/30/99 - 6/02/99 Visited the University of Philippines/Open University,
Office of Institute of International Education, Asia
Development Bank, World Health Organization in Manila.

8/9/99 - 8/13/99 Conducted EGEDL'99 in Tampere, Finland.

11/28/99 - 12/3/99 Invitational visit to the University of the South
Pacific (USP) in Fiji for the consultation during the
Round Table meeting to prepare the USPNet -- a digital
satellite network with a dozen consortium small
countries around the South Pacific.

1/12/00 - 1/14/00 Invitational attendance at the International
Consultation Conference on TeleHealth and TeleMedicine
at the World Health Organization in Geneva,

1/17/00 - 1/18/00 Visited the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) and the Office of Outer Space
Affairs in Vienna, Austria.

2/5/00 Presented the Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project
at the Founders Conference of the [Arthur C.] Clarke
Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI)
at the INTELSAT headquarters in Washington, D.C.

4/30/00 Complete the pilot project proposal.

6/1/00 Submit the proposal to the InfoDev of the World Bank
and other funding sources.

Spring/00 Hold an event (similar to our Tampere event) for the
Asia/Pacific operation in Japan.

Dissemination Plan:

It is important to note that this is not a onetime experience.
Post-conference work in project technical design, required advanced multimedia
curriculum, collaborative opportunities for course delivery and joint proposal
writing will ensue and will be required of conference participants. Proposals
will be prepared and submitted to the World Bank and other appropriate funding agencies.

A follow-up report will be submitted to NSF no later than August 31, 2000 via
NSF fast-lane. Follow-up report on post conference activities will be due to
NSF no later than December 31, 2000. Each participant will be required to
write an individual report and the PI and Co-PI will include those reports in
both the August 31, 2000 formal report and the December 31, 2000 report.

Bibliography: Reference web sites

1. Tampere conference:


2. Global University System/Asia-Pacific Framework




4. Global broadband Internet networks:


5. Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):


6. Possible parties of pilot projects:


Bliographical Sketches

Kimberly Obbink, Co-PI
Kim Obbink is Director of the Burns Telecommunications Center at Montana State
University. The Center, named for Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, is an
innovative, self-supporting outreach and distance learning facility that works
with campus, state, regional and national constituents to make education
opportunities and resources available to all citizens. Kim currently directs
all activities of the Center and oversees the telecommunications portion of
the Second Century fund raising campaign that was instrumental in establishing the Center.

Kim has a masters degree in education from Iowa State University and is
currently a doctoral candidate in adult and higher education at MSU. Kim has
worked in outreach and distance learning for the past 15 years. She has
received numerous competitive grants for programs related to science
education, distance learning and telecommunications, with a particular focus
on meeting the needs of citizens living in rural and underserved areas. She
is currently Co-PI on the NSF funded National Teachers Enhancement Network
which delivers online graduate credit science courses to science teachers
internationally and served as Co-PI for six years on an NSF funded Young
Scholars program using telecommunications to support rural Montana youth
interested in science careers. Other current funding includes HHS and TIIAP
funds for distance learning for rural emergency medical technicians and a NASA
grant for the development of K-12 online courses and multimedia materials
using NASA data. A previous TIIAP grant provided funds for telecommunications
training and outreach to Montana Tribal Colleges.

As Director of the Burns Telecommunications Center, Kim also oversees a number
of corporate funded programs including support from AT&T to provide teachers,
parents, and rural community leaders with Internet training, and funding from
US West to establish a distance learning masters degree in science education.
Kim also serves as a consultant to numerous distance learning programs
including the Suicide Prevention Center CDC project at the University of
Nevada, Genentech Inc. Access Excellence Program for science teachers, and
state liaison to the US West Pathways Program.

Takeshi Utsumi, Co-PI
Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., is Chairman of the GLObal Systems Analysis and
Simulation Association in the USA (GLOSAS/USA) and President of the Global
(electronic) University (GU/USA) System (a divisional activity of GLOSAS/USA).

He is the 1994 Laureate of the Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance
Education. His public services have included political work for deregulation
of global telecommunications and the use of e-mail through ARPANET, Telenet
and Internet; helping extend American university courses to the Third World;
the conduct of innovative distance teaching trials with "Global Lecture
Hall(GLH)" multipoint-to-multipoint multimedia interactive videoconferences
using hybrid technologies; as well as lectures, consultation, and research in
process control, management science, systems science and engineering at the
University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, M.I.T. and many
universities, governmental agencies and large firms in Japan and other

Among more than 150 related scientific papers and books are presentations to
the Summer Computer Simulation Conferences (which he created and named) and
the Society for Computer Simulation International. He is a member of various
scientific and professional groups, including the Chemists Club (New York,
NY); Columbia University Seminar on Computer, Man and Society (New York, NY);
Fulbright Association (Washington, D.C.); International Center for Integrative
Studies (ICIS) (New York, NY); and Society of Satellite Professionals
International (Washington, D.C.).

He received Ph.D. Ch.E. from Polytechnic University in New York, M.S.Ch.E.
from Montana State University, after study at the University of Nebraska with
Fulbright scholarship. His professional experiences in simulation and
optimization of petrochemical and refinery processes were at Mitsubishi
Research Institute, Tokyo; Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., Boston; Mobil
Oil Corporation and Shell Chemical Company, New York; Asahi Chemical Industry,
Inc., Tokyo.

Budget and Justification

The budget request for this proposal is for travel funds for American
participation at the mini-workshop in Manila. Since all funds will be used
for travel, no indirect costs are included. All funding is requested on a
cost reimbursable basis using airline, ground travel and hotel receipts. A
minimal meal stipend of $?? (based on GSA travel rates to the Philippines) is
requested. Travel expenses are itemized on the following page. Airfare is
estimated based on travel agency quotes with a 3-week advance purchase and a
Saturday night stay.

Per person request:
Meals: $??/day x ? days $???
Lodging: estimate $???/night ? nights x $??? $???
Ground Transportation to Manila $???
Total lodging/perdiem/ground transportation $????
Airfare (see next page for itemized budget)

Current and Pending Support NSF form

Names of American Participants for Funding Request


Foreign Counterpart Endorsement


Continue to Draft/Travel grant application to NSF for Manila Mini-workshop (2 of 5)

List of Distribution

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Dr. Williams Chang
International Program Division
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
703-306-1704 X5947

Alexander P. De Angelis
Director, East Asia and Pacific Program
Division of International Programs
U.S. National Science Foundation, Room 921
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
TEL: 703 306-1704
FAX: 703 306-0477

Dr. Teresita I. Barcelo
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Philippines/Open University
Manila, Philippines
Tel: 526-2272
Fax: 523-1633
Pager: 1441-17-1114

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tenneseee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-423-974 5227
Fax: +1-423-974 5229
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Laureate of Planet Earth Pathfinder Award *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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