<<February 2, 2000>>

Mykola B. Tomyn <tomyn@lim.lviv.ua>

Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak <ik@litech.net>

Dr. Paul Lefrere <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>

Docent Antti Kasvio <ttanka@poph.uta.fi>

P. Tapio Varis <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Dr. Parker Rossman <grossman@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

Dear Mykola:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) It is an excellent main narrative for your, Ihor's and Paul's grant
application for IREX's Small Grants for Partnership Development" program.

Dear Paul:

(3) Your Queen's English should be better than my Japanglish, so, pls
refine this if necessary.

Dear Parker:

(4) Pls feel free to shorten this for our (Ihor, me and you) paper for
the conference in South Africa.

Dear Mykola:

(5) You may add one section specially devoted to the mini-workshop at the
Open University for your grant application to IREX.

Pls feel free to utilize following:

(a) for the purpose of the mini-workshop;

Item (4) of "Manila Workshop, 3/29-31" (dated January 3) at

(b) You may add a tentative schedule of the mini-workshop at the Open
University -- in consultation with Paul. Pls refer to:

ATTACHMENT IV: Tentative Schedule and Expected Outcome in "Manaus
(Amazon) Mini-Workshop, May 25-26" (dated January 21) at

Good luck to everybody!!

Best, Tak

From: "Mykola Tomyn" <tomyn@lim.lviv.ua>
To: "Ihor Katernyak" <ik@litech.lviv.ua>,
"Parker Rossman" <grossman@mail.coin.missouri.edu>,
"Sally Edmundson" <s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk>,
"Paul Lefrere" <P.Lefrere@open.ac.uk>
Cc: "Takeshi Utsumi" <utsumi@columbia.edu>,
"Tak Utsumi" <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>
Subject: Electronic Distance Education Development in Ukraine and NIS
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:41:19 +0200

Electronic Distance Education Development in Ukraine and NIS

(1) Brief description of proposed activities:
The Goals of Electronic Distance Education Development in Ukraine and NIS are to:

1. Create Global University-Ukraine (TM) as a NIS's branch of the Global
University System (TM - GLOSAS/USA), the goal of which is to improve the
global learning and wellness environment for people in the global knowledge
society where the global responsibility is shared by everybody. The Global
University System (TM) will coordinate and facilitate national and
international regional systems, which will support and complement the
traditional institutions of learning and healthcare by using conventional
methods in tandem with advanced electronic media to further this goal.

2. Install information networks with two-way broadband digital satellite
channels for TeleMedicine and Distance Learning; connect Ukraine and NIS to
the hugely-developed countries of the world.

3. Establish partnership relations with educational and medical institutions
in other countries for the two-way international exchange of knowledge,
professional experience, medical and technical know-how. Also, to establish
new affordable means for providing development training and assistance and
to use telecommunication technologies for the development of international
partnerships in both science and business, as well as in cultural
understanding and exchange.

4. Develop a network of centers for technical and informational support in
all regions of Ukraine and some regions of NIS.

(2) issues to be addressed:
Development opportunities that become possible are as follows:
* to educate more people and support lifelong learning;
* to promote market reform in NIS by training a critical amount of
entrepreneurs and by assisting the growing private sector;
* to make education and research more efficient, accessible, and more interaction;
* to increase effectiveness of development of the academic and research networks;
* to integrate the scientific and business communities (technology transfer
and small business development);
* to improve the effectiveness of preventive health programs and the
efficiency of health service delivery, etc.;
* to reduce the isolation of disadvantageous rural and urban communities and
integrate them into economic life;
* to overcome communication disadvantages;
* to diversify into information-intensive industries.

Now on the verge of the next millennium, processes of economic globalization
are developing rapidly and are closely connected with science-consuming
high-tech production, knowledge transfer, advanced management and the
development of modern telecommunication and information technologies.
The scientific and technological potential in Ukraine and other NIS
countries, a great number of well-educated and talented people, the capacity
of developing countries' markets and the unique opportunities for the
introduction of investment projects require intensive use of
telecommunication technologies.

This is important for the development of international partnerships both in
science and in business, as well as in cultural understanding and exchange.
The priorities in research and development are aircraft and rocket
construction, biotechnology and medicine, informational technologies and new
materials. Big international projects, such as Sea Launch, have successfully
demonstrated the value of these technologies. Nevertheless, there are many
R&D results that are still not commercialized due to the lack of information
and experience in business.

The market of modern technology is developing now but there are only a few
Ukrainian professional consulting groups experienced in the field of
technology commercialization, and they are concentrated in densely populated
centers such as Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv. There is also a great need for a
sustained, countrywide Ukrainian system for technology commercialization,
distance learning and consulting on the information base of INTERNET
technologies, which is necessary for both scientists and entrepreneurs in
technology-oriented businesses.

The slow change of economic systems in the NIS is partially explained by a
lack of professionals with market-oriented thinking. But in most cases
business education is not available for talented people in Ukraine and the
NIS countries because it is too expensive and there are no existing credit
mechanisms. A new and different approach to business education will help to
train a critical amount of business people, which will guarantee the
promotion of the market reform in Ukraine and the NIS.
Right now there is a possibility to use the UARNet existing channels of
satellite connection with an admission capacity of 1M [bps] (Nordudent/Stockholm)
for implementing the Ukrainian project. However, this connection is too
overloaded today and is not reliable enough to use it in TeleMedicine. The
development of educational, business and cultural activities together with
the TeleMedicine will make it possible to share substantial expenses. For
instance, transfer of X-ray photographs with high dividing capacity
(600-1200dpi) requires broadband Internet via digital satellite channels,
which is too expensive.

I added [bps] in the above para.>>

Business, Medical, and Telecommunication Coalition/Ukraine

The Ukrainian Coalition for Information Infrastructure in Education and
Health Care "Business, Medical, and Telecommunication Coalition/Ukraine
(BMTC/UA)" was created in 1998 by the initiative of Dr. Takeshi Utsumi
(Chairman of the GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the
U.S.A., President of Global University in the U.S.A.), and Dr. Ihor
Katernyak (Director of the Technology Promotion Center-LIM, Ukraine).
Today the Coalition unites representatives from business and medical
schools, hospitals, specialized secondary schools, and technical experts in
telecommunications from various regions of Ukraine, as well as
representatives of the highest authorities and international donor's programs.

The mission of "BMTC/UA" is to promote the ideas related to the use of
broadband technologies for distance learning, knowledge transfer and
collaboration through the international partnership in business and
medicine. The main tasks of the Coalition are:
* To promote the development of Global Distance Learning and TeleMedicine;
* To expand partnerships at regional and international levels;
* To establish business contacts with institutions, which are able to assist
in maximizing the network capacity and satellite connection;
* To elaborate the pilot project of Electronic Distance Education
Development in Ukraine and other NIS;
* To seek funds to expand and reach the goals of the project;
* To monitor and assess the results of the project effectiveness.

The local network, management infrastructure and technological base will be
provided by the Technology Promotion Center (TPC), which was created in
April 1996 through collaboration between Philadelphia University City
Science Center /UCSC and Lviv Institute of Management, for promoting new
technologies in the following systems:
* Management through informational assistance and methodological provision
for project management;
* Education through introduction of innovational methods of education,
development and design of new educational programs for Distance Learning;
* Production through licensing and small business development;
* Commerce (electronic commerce) and services (tourism) through the
introduction of multimedia and Internet technologies.
TPC assists universities, schools and businesses in using multimedia,
telecommunications, and networking technologies to enhance their programs
and services.

The first actual step for Ukraine in the International Coalition for Global
Information Infrastructure (GII) in Education and Health Care was the
participation and presentation of "BMTC/UA" (Dr. I.Katernyak with technical
assistance of Dr. A.Saban) "Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" videoconference on
(October 21, 1998) and Emerging Electronic Distance Education (EEDE) in
Ukrainian Interactive Workshops and Demonstrations in Lviv, Ukraine (October
22, 1998).

There was a face-to-face meeting with people from various regions of Ukraine
who can benefit most from our next step of development (web-site is located
at http://www.uar.net/conference/). It was an extraordinary historical
event; with panelists located from Tokyo, Japan to Lviv, Ukraine, spanning
almost 18 time zones. BMTC/UA's participation in the Internet Active
Conference has attracted great interest on the part of business circles in
the U.S.A., UK, Spain, Italy and Germany in establishing partnership
relations in Distance Learning development.

On the International Conference on Emerging Global Electronic Distance
Learning '99 (Tampere, Finland, August 9-13, 1999), after Technology
Promotion Center's (TPC's) successful presentation of the Conception of the
distance learning development in Ukraine, the decision was made to expand
Global University System (TM) in Ukraine, and the European workgroup (Open
University /UK, Temper University /Finland and others) was generated for the
distance learning pilot project development in Ukraine within Global
University System (TM).

The International conference on "Topical Questions of Innovation Activity
Development in the States with Transitional Economy" (Alushta, Ukraine,
September 14-18, 1999) supported and confirmed this initiative to extend
electronic distance learning in Ukraine on the level of secondary and higher
education, and in staff retraining systems.

Hence, today many talented Ukrainian experts are experienced in
Computer-Mediated Multimedia Systems (CMMS) [e.g., ShareVision, NetMeeting,
etc.] through telecom media [e.g., TCP/IP-oriented Internet, etc.] and we
have established international relations, which ensure practical
implementation of broadband technologies for expanding Distance Learning in
Ukraine through Global University-Ukraine (TM).

(3) anticipated outcome of the activity
(a) Companies: assist growing private business and market reforms by
educational, training and consulting services.

(b) Entrepreneurs and managers: professional development and establishment
of international partnerships.

(c) Scientists and engineers: training in technology commercialization and
marketing research.

(d) Additional knowledge for students of secondary schools and universities,
unemployed people motivated by critical conditions in the labor market of
Ukraine (about 350 persons per one workplace in some regions of Ukraine).

(e) DL will give a chance to people with Ukrainian origin living abroad to
study different subjects in their native language.

(f) Hospitals and medical schools: TeleMedicine and knowledge transfer.
TeleMedicine (3D echocardiography) enables Lviv Specialized Secondary School
for children with heart diseases to diagnose patients by experienced doctors
from abroad. Two modern centers of women's healthcare (which provide breast
cancer screening (mammogram)), and neonatology services have started
providing service. They are interested in using asynchronous method, which
does not require high-speed line for sending X-ray photos. It has been
envisaged to broaden the activity in neonatology in other cities of Ukraine
(Kharkiv, Kyiv, Odesa, and Donetsk). Accumulated experience and established
contacts in the sphere of Health Care could and should be used and
disseminated in Ukraine through the system of Electronic Distance Education
(Interactive Medical Workshops and Conferences) and TeleMedicine.

(g) DL can also involve small rural hospitals, whose doctors/nurses are able
to "attend" consultations conducted by a professor at a larger teaching
hospital (special and important for Trans-Carpathian region of Ukraine).

(4) International workshop and conference on Emerging Global Electronic
Distance Learning-2001, Lviv, Ukraine.
For promoting distance education, tele-healthcare and TeleMedicine in
Ukraine and the NIS, we propose to organize a conference and demonstration
workshop on Emerging Global Electronic Distance Learning in May 2001 in
Ukraine. At the workshop we are going to present the existing low-cost
teleconferencing technologies, web-based course delivery platforms and
advanced web-teaching materials. The goals of the conference are to
introduce the Global University System (TM - GLOSAS/USA), to discuss the
role of telecommunications in the global information society and to promote
the role of Broadband INTERNET technologies in the future of global
tele-education in Ukraine and the NIS.

We are planning to hold a small practice workshop at the Open University
while preparing for this workshop/conference in 2001, and to construct more
detailed plan for Europe Group, e.g., feasibility study, design of infra-
and administrative structure, selection of courseware, etc. Expected
results: (a) Outline of programs of the workshop/conference in 2001 in
Ukraine, (b) Fund raising proposal for the workshop/conference in 2001, (c)
Detailed pilot project (or "Concept Development") proposal of Europe Group
for major funding.
List of Distribution

Mykola B. Tomyn, Dr.
Information Manager
Technology Promotion Center
Lviv Institute of Management
57, 700-ritcha Lvova Str., Room 706
Lviv, 290601
Tel: +380-322-52 26 81
Fax: +380-322-52 44 63

Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak
Lviv Institute of Management-LIM
Technology Promotion Center
57 V.Chornovil Ave.
Lviv 79601
Tel: +380-322-52 2681
Fax: +380 322-52 2682
Fax: +380-322-52 4463

Dr. Paul Lefrere
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Tel: +44-1-908 65 33 88
Fax: +44-1-908 67 28 02

Docent Antti Kasvio
Research Director
Information Society Research Centre
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 7633
Tel: +358 40 5551362
Fax: +358-3-215 7932

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. Parker Rossman
3 Lemmon Drive
Columbia MO 65201-5413
FAX: 314-876-5812 (emergency)
* 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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