Pilot Project Proposal of
Global University System in the Philippines




The Global University System in the Philippines is a subset of the Global
University System (GUS) formed in Tampere, Finland in August 1999 -- other
regional activities are in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa
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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'


The digital revolution and economic globalization are taking us into a new
era. We are moving towards a global knowledge society where information,
skills and competencies become the driving forces of social and economic
development. The problems associated with this transformation can no longer be
solved with traditional educational paradigms. The Internet, with its
extending and improving infrastructure, will be the main telecommunication
media of tomorrow. It has been extended to most countries, albeit with slow-
to-medium speed. The advancement of videoconferencing, telephony, broadband
Internet, World Wide Web, and other communication and information technologies
are rapidly creating new opportunities for establishing international distance
learning and global-healthcare/telemedicine programs that will allow us to
foster global citizenship and achieve "education and healthcare for all."

Broadband Internet backbone development such as vBNS and Abeline are expanding
high-speed Internet access to higher education and healthcare institutions
throughout the U.S.. This technology extends increased band-width to
university researchers requiring the ability to manipulate large quantities of
data and graphic images. In addition, this technology holds great promise for
improving multimedia distance learning capabilities, especially in rural and
isolated areas that are not well served by commercial network providers. The
enhanced distance learning capabilities of broadband Internet are only
beginning to be explored and offer an immediate benefit to the populations
served by these networks.

In spite of its exciting promise and economical advantage, distance education
technology has difficulty reaching those who need it most, particularly in
rural area of the U.S. and in less developed countries. Although the
opportunities for international distance learning are great, challenges to
effectively utilizing this opportunity include technical and administrative
infrastructure problems, language barriers, cultural differences, political
unrest, costs, skills, appropriate matches between needs and educational
resources, and lack of collaborative partners for establishing successful
pilot programs.

The Global University System seeks to establish pilot projects that can be
disseminated as "best practices" examples for the further development and
deployment of effective international distance learning partnerships. In
addition, GUS will foster the development of distance learning pilot projects
using broadband Internet technology in order to enhance the teaching/learning
capabilities of distance learning media.


The goal of the Global University System in the Philippines is to spearhead
the linkage of existing distance education and telehealth networks to
establish equal access to education and healthcare in the Philippines and
between the Philippines and the US.


The purpose of the Global University System in the Philippines is to
collaborate with people of the Philippines 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 Global University
System in the Philippines 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 Global University System in the Philippines will
build upon progress that has already been made in order to:

* Promote accessible, affordable global distance education
* Increase understanding of diverse cultural values and needs
* Emphasize values of sustainability, equity and global peace.

This project will establish partnerships between educational institutions in
Montana, Hawaii, and the Philippines in the first phase of this project and
with others in ASEAN countries later. Distance learning and telemedicine
opportunities will be made available to people living in the Pacific islands
including Guam and American Samoa, and in the Philippines.


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

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.


* Conduct a technical feasibility study for linkages between North
America, Hawaii, and the Philippines;
* Establish needs and resources for pilot distance learning projects in
the Philippines;
* Conduct a planning conference in Japan for further planning and proposal
development with other ASEAN countries.


* Technical feasibility study
* Needs assessment
* Pilot demonstration projects


* Dissemination of the Emergency Medical Services for Children program in
the Philippines;
* Information/Communication Technology training for educators and
healthcare providers;
* Graduate and professional development programs for nurses.


The proposed activities will establish feasibility studies in order to
determine the lowest cost effective method to promote the use of advanced
broadband Internet for the benefits of societies in the Philippines. The
advantages for exploring wireless broadband Internet infrastructure for the
delivery of distance learning is that it involves (i) fewer regulatory issues,
(ii) less initial investment, and (iii) less ongoing operating costs. Distance
Learning (DL) and teleMedicine can thus provide (i) more flexibility, (ii)
more enhanced content and (iii) greater accessibility. Items to be considered
for feasibility study are:

Infrastructure to possibly include:

1. satellite earth station,
2. microwave network,
3. fixed wireless broadband Internet,
4. Internet routers and servers,
5. system engineers, etc.

Content Development:

1. instructors,
2. programmers,
3. teacher trainers,
4. facilitators,
5. healthcare and instructional technology specialists, etc.


1. accountants,
2. financiers,
3. supervisors,
4. librarians,
5. fund seekers, etc.


This activity is a community development approach, firstly with non-profit
organizations and secondly with for-profit organizations, thus all applicable
groups are inclusive. This activity is to be a model replicable to other
localities and regions, as leading the use of the advanced Internet in various
sectors of societies. The higher educational institution selected in the
locality will have the broadband Internet satellite earth-station, and will
become the major Internet Service Provider (ISP) to the local community of
non-profit organizations. The higher education institution will then provide
teacher training to secondary and elementary schools, and also act as
facilitators and technical supporters to other non-profit organizations.


This activity will be sustained by a regional and local coalition member of
the Global University System. For-profit commercial industrial organizations
will be invited into the local community gradually in the second (or later)
phase of this pilot project in such a way that they will undertake a major
portion of financial burden of this venture -- particularly subsidizing the
Internet access fee of K-12 and secondary schools in the Philippines.


1. Government regulations on the establishment of broadband Internet infrastructure:

We plan to mitigate this risk as focusing and emphasizing on humanitarian
purposes of distance learning and telemedicine, with implementation of the
broadband Internet in non-profit organizations in the first phase, e.g.,
higher, secondary and elementary educational institutions, hospitals,
libraries, local governmental agencies, etc.

2. Disintegration of local coalition:

We plan to mitigate this risk as providing the members of coalition with
flexible, open, and equal information, collaboration and standings.


Outcomes of this project will be measured in two ways:

1. Results of the mini-workshop in Manila for ongoing fund raising and
proposal development; and

2. Measurements of pilot project activities:

Internet usage rates, growth rates of web sites, course wares, outreach
students, number of occurrences of telemedicine events, etc. Acceptance
of this venture by local community members, increase of outreach
students with distance learning methodology, acceptance of telemedicine
by local community, etc.


Asian Development Bank (The Philippines)
Columbia University (USA)
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation (USA)
Global University System (Finland)
Burns Telecommunications Center, Montana State University Bozeman (USA)
Foundation for Support of the United Nations (USA, The Philippines and Japan)
Houston Community College System (USA)
Institute of International Education (USA)
Kagawa Junior College (Japan)
Maui High Performance Computing Center(MHPCC) (USA)
National Institute of Multimedia Education/Space Collaboration System (Japan)
Pacific Disaster Center (USA)
South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) (The Philippines)
Tripler Army Medical Center (AMC)/Center of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (USA)
Tripler Army Medical Center (AMC)/Information Systems Support, Inc. (USA)
University of California/Los Angeles/School of Public Health/International Distance Learning (USA)
University of Hawaii/Curriculum Research & Development Group (USA)
University of Hawaii/PEACESAT (USA)
University of Hawaii/Maui Research and Technology Center (USA)
University of Hawaii/Maui Community College (USA)
University of Michigan (USA)
University of the Philippines/Open University (The Philippines)
University of Tennessee/Knoxville (USA)
World Health Organization (The Philippines)

List of Prospective Participants


Felix (Lex) Librero, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Research & Development
University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU)
College, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines 4031
Tel/Fax: +63-49+536-6014
Trunklines: +63-49+536-6001 to 6 local 500/501

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

Arturo M. Pesigan, M.D.
Assistant to the Chancellor for Administraiton
University of the Philippines/Manila
625 Pedro Gil Street
Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel: 632-526-5966
Fax: 632-523-7745
Pager: 150-354071

Herman D. Tolentino, MD
Associate Professor
UP College of Medicine
Anesthesiology / Medical Informatics

Dr. Lolit Suplido
Online Teaching and Learning Laboratory
University of Philippines/Open University
Manila, Philippines

Inocencio Daniel Cito Maramba, M.D.
Assistant Professor IV
UP College of Health Sciences
University of Philippines/Open University
Pedro Gil St.
Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel: +63-2-524-7118

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez, Ph.D.
#7 Visayas Avenue, VASRA
1128 Quezon City, Philippines
Cedllphone: 0918-880-2799
Pager: 1481-792171
Powerpage: 633-3333

Victor T. Ching
President, Philippine Office
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
Chinatown Broadcasting Network
Rm. 1908 Cityland 10 Tower 1
6815 H. V. Dela Costa St., cor. Ayala Ave.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
867-4490 to 92
Fax: 00632-812-7733

Dr. Minda Sutaria
South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
Innovative Technology (INNOTECH)
UP Diliman, Commonwealth Ave
Quezon City
Manila, Philippines
tel: 928-7348
fax: 921-0224

Motilal Sharma
Senior Education Specialist
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
0401 Metro Manila
P. O. Box 789
0980 Manila
+632-632-4444 (main)
Fax: +632-636-2310
+632-636-2444 (main)

Dr. K. S. Park
Health Informatics Officer
P. O. Box 2932 (United Nations Ave.)
1000 Manila, Philippines
Tel: (632) 528-8001 (Ext. 9949)
Fax: (632) 521-1036

Medical Officer
Programme on Technology Transfer
P. O. Box 2932 (United Nations Ave.)
1000 Manila, Philippines
Tel : (632) 528-9926 (Direct)
(632) 528-8001
Fax: (632) 521-1036


P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Acting President, Global University System
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 6110
GSM: +358-50-567-9833
Fax: +358-3-215 7503

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Vice President, Global University System
Consultant of United Nations University
Former Director, Division of Higher Education of UNESCO
36, Rue Ernest Renan
92.190 Meudon
Tel: +33-1-45 34 3509
Fax: +33-1-45 34 3509


Kagawa Junior College

Steve McCarty
Professor, Kagawa Junior College
President, World Association for Online Education:
Residence: 3717-33 Nii, Kokubunji, Kagawa 769-0101 JAPAN
Tel: +81-877-49-8041 (office, direct)
Fax: +81-877-49-5252 (any time)
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Columbia University

Shin Takuma, M.D.
Post doctoral research fellow of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Columbia University
630 West 168 the Street
New York, NY 10032-3784
Tel: 212-305-9875
Fax: 212-305-9049

Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation

Nels D. Sanddal
President & CEO
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation
300 North Willson Avenue, Suite 3002
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: +1-406-585 2659
Fax: +1-406-585 2741

Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)

Ben I. 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


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)

Houston Community College System

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301 (secondary)

Maui Community College

G. Robert (Bob) Converse
Project Director/Principal Investigator
National Science Foundation
Advanced Technology Education Project
Maui Community College
310 Ka'a Humanu Ave.
Kahului, Hawaii 96732 USA
Tel: +1-808-984 3447
Fax: +1-808-244 0862

Montana State University/Bozeman

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

University of California/Los Angeles

Renee A Ebert, MPH
Coordinator for International Distance Learning Project
UCLA School of Public Health
409 Colton Street
Newport Beach, California 92663
Phone: 949-642-4650
Fax: 949-646-2289

University of Hawaii

Mr. John H. Southworth
Distance Education Director
UH Laboratory School
Curriculum Research & Development Group
University of Hawaii Laboratory School
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Fax: 808-956-4933

Norman H. Okamura, Ph.D.
Social Sciences Building # 713
University of Hawaii
2424 Maile Way,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: +1-808-956 2909
Fax: +1-808-956 8019

University of Michigan

Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FAAMR, FADA
Associate Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 USA
Home Address: 8234 Woods Trail
WhitmoreLake, MI 48189
For curriculum vitae: <

University of Tennessee/Knoxville

Dr. David A. Johnson
Professor Emeritus
School of Planning
108 Hoskins Library
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4015
tel 423 974-5227
fax 423 974-5229
web page:

Biographies of Key Personnels


Felix Librero, PhD
(Lex is my nickname)
Vice Chancellor, Research & Development
University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU)

Professor, College of Development Communication, U.P. Los Banos (UPLB)
Member, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)
Member, Philippines Communication Society (PCS)
Member, Asian Mass Communication Research & Information Centre (AMIC)
Member, National Socio-Economics Experts Pool, Philippine Council for Agricultural
Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)
Alternate Regional Coordinator, Regional Working Group on Applied Satellite
Communications Applications, UN-ESCAP
Member, Presidential Advisory Council, University of the Philippines System (UPS)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Development Communication

Recent Positions:
Dean, School for Distance Education (Los Banos), UPOU
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, UP Los Banos
Director, Institute of Development Communication, UP Los Banos

Author of two books (How to Write a Thesis Proposal and Rural Educational
Broadcasting: a Philippine Experience); book chapters and journal articles on
communication and development; popular articles on rural and agricultural
development; presented papers in 16 international and national conferences in
the last six years.

Research interest in development communication, distance education and open
learning, educational technology. As Professor of development communication,
advises graduate (MS and PhD) and undergraduate students in development
communication, teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in development
communication both in residential and distance modes.


Tapio Varis
University of Tampere
Tampere, Finland

Tapio Varis is currently Professor and Chair of Media Culture and
Communication Education at the University of Tampere Finland (Journalism and
Mass Communication and Department of Teacher Education), consultant on new
learning technologies for the Finnish Ministry of Education and advisor to
several international organizations. In 1996-97, he was UNESCO Chair of
Communication Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He has
also been a faculty member of the European Peace University, the University of
Art and Design in Helsinki and Communication and Media Scholar at the
University of Helsinki.

Tapio Varis is a former Rector of the University for Peace in Costa Rica and
Professor of Media Studies in the University of Lapland, Finland. He has
published approximately 200 scientific contributions, the latest being Media
of the Knowledge Age, published by Helsinki University Press 1995 (in
Finnish). He is listed in Who's Who in the World (1984 & 1995) and Men of
Achievement (1986 & 1995).


Kimberly K. Obbink
Director, Burns Telecommunications Center
Montana State University

Kim Obbink is the director of the Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended
Studies at Montana State University. The BTC is named for Montana US Senator
Conrad Burns, a leading advocate for the advancement of telecommunications and
information technologies. As director of this self-supporting outreach Center,
Kim is responsible for all BTC activities to promote the use of effective and
affordable telecommunications for MSU constituents, as well as BTC fund
raising initiatives.

She is active in the field of distance learning and telecommunications and
serves as a consultant to a number of distance learning programs including the
Genentech, Inc. Access Excellence project. Kim is Co-Principal Investigator on
the NSF funded National Teachers Enhancement Network, providing professional
development and graduate credit courses in the sciences to high school science
teachers internationally using distance learning technologies. The program
recently expanded to offer a distance learning Masters Degree in Science
Education. Kim also served as Co-PI for seven years on an NSF Young Scholars
grant using telecomputing to connect high ability junior high students with
math and science experts, and PI on a Dept. of Commerce TIIAP grant expanding
multimedia and distance learning opportunities for Montana Tribal Colleges.

She is currently the Montana State University-Bozeman pilot site coordinator
for the Western Governors University, and the Montana state liaison for the US
West PATHWAYS continuing education and distance learning program. Kim is
currently a doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education at MSU.

Ben I. Haraguchi
President, Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)

Mr. Haraguchi received his A.B. degree (with distinction) from Stanford
University in 1964, an M.A. degree from the University of Hawaii (East West
Center) in 1966, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1969.

He is a partner at the Law Firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, which he
joined in 1993 from his previous Law Firm of Morrison & Forester at which he
was also a partner.

Mr. Haraguchi's corporate practice includes extensive experience in
negotiating and documenting asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, joint
ventures, technical assistance and licensing agreements, corporate
reorganizations and divestitures, and financing of all kinds. He has
represented firms in establishing manufacturing facilities throughout the
United States, assisting in site selection and acquisition, state and local
economic development assistance, construction and financing and has organized
a number of seminars for Japanese companies with the New York State Department
of Commerce and JETRO in Tokyo and New York City on investing in the United States.

His representation of international clients in joint ventures covers the
fields of new materials, auto parts, steel products, machinery and machine
tools, heavy industrial equipment, computers, software, smelting, refining,
and mining. He has also been extensively involved in the work out of troubled
joint ventures.

Mr. Haraguchi's real estate practice includes extensive experience in the
acquisition, development, environmental clean-up and disposition of real
estate of all kinds. He has been involved in a number of office building
acquisitions, ski resort and golf course acquisitions and the organization and
sale of golf club memberships and has advised clients with respect to the
securities and tax aspects of such sales.

Mr. Haraguchi is a co-founder, officer and director of the Foundation for the
Support of the United Nations and a member of the American Bar Association and
the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Takeshi Utsumi
GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association, U.S.A.
Global University System (GUS)

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.

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* 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:; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* *

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