<<February 25, 2000>>

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

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

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

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

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

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

Dear Tapio, David, Antti and Marco:

(1) ATTACHMENT I is a copy of my support letter I just faxed to Ihor for his
grant application to IREX.

I recently distributed to you its draft.

This grant is very important for securing the success of our mini-workshop

at the Open University/UK, hence the successful initiation of
our European Regional Group activities of our Global University System.


Paul is faxing his on 2/28th with his university letterhead.

Dear Tapio and Marco:

(2) Pls fax him similar support letters to his Fax #: +380-322-52 4463,
preferably using EGEDL letterhead.

Dear Antti:

(3) Pls do the same with the letterhead of the University of Tampere.

Dear David:

(4) Pls do the same with the letterhead of your university -- or with your
personal letterhead.

Thanks in advance.

Best, Tak


February 24, 2000

To Whom It May Concerned:

This letter supports Dr. Katernyak's application for the Small Grants
Competition to Support Partnership Development program of the IREX Consortium
for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

In his country, there is a keen need for a sustained, countrywide system for
distance learning through Internet which will make education more efficient,
accessible, and interactive. His effort is to provide new models for distance
learning not only to residents of Ukraine but also to people in many other
countries in Eastern European region.

Because we foresaw that substantial social benefits would be brought by his
effort in those countries, we invited him and his colleagues to participate in
our Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" videoconferencing on New Technologies and
Distance Education" from Manaus, Brazil (October 21, 1998). It was an
extraordinary historical event with panelists located from Tokyo, Japan to
Lviv, Ukraine, spanning almost 18 time zones. His team demonstrated the
cutting-edge audio/video streaming technology via Internet to those Amazonians
in the middle of jungle, in spite of mere 1.5 Mbps Internet linkage from Lviv
to Warsaw, Poland. We subsequently invited him and his colleague to
participate in our International Workshop and Conference on Emerging Global
Electronic Distance Learning" (Tampere, Finland, August 9-13, 1999), where
they made excellent presentations with CD-ROM on the development of distance
learning in Ukraine.

Basing on these hard track records, we chose Ukraine as the first targeted
country for the operation of the European Regional Group of our Global
University System (GUS) to establish global distance learning system with
global broadband Internet. The other partner members of this European Group
are the University of Tampere in Finland, Open University in the UK, member
universities of the Distance Education Network of the European Association for
International Education in Finland, etc. The other regional groups are in the
Asia/Pacific, North, Central and South America, and Africa.

We now plan to have a small workshop at the Open University in early summer to
prepare workshop/conference on Emerging Global Electronic Distance
Learning/2001" in Ukraine, and if possible, to construct more detailed plan
for European Group operation, e.g., feasibility study, design of infra- and
administrative structure, selection of courseware, etc. Expected results will
be (a) Outline of programs of the workshop/conference, (b) Fund raising
proposal for the workshop/conference, (c) Detailed pilot project proposal of
European Group for major funding.

As the responsible person of our Ukraine operation, we definitely want to have
Dr. Katernyak (and if possible, his colleagues, too) at this workshop at the
Open University.

By the way, should you be interested in our global initiatives, please visit
following web sites;
1. http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/,
2. http://www.uta.fi//EGEDL/,
Please visit PART II of FINAL REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE in its home
page for descriptions of regional activities.
3. http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/asia-pacific/index.html,
Please visit Proposed Global University System Structure," World
Regional Project Summaries," and Asia-Pacific Projects," etc.
4. http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Tampere_Conference/GSTF/Synopsis_2-15-00.html
About Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) Project.

I am sure that Dr. Katernyak will effectively utilize your grant for the
substantial benefits of his and other nearby countries.

Sincerely yours,

Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
Vice President for Technology and Coordination
Global University System
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

Cc: Dr. Ihor Katernyak

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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. 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

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

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. 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 *
* 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://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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