Dr. Dalia Moawad <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. Gayle D. Cooper <email@example.com>
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Franck BIANCHERI <email@example.com>
(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).
(2) I am sorry to hear that you did not have the distance learning
from M.I.T. last fall due to the lack of fund for the tuition.
YES, their tuition fee is relatively high --
I recall that, when I
brought a Japanese mission team on Systems Dynamics to them in early
1970s, I had to sign many, many $100 traveler's checks for the tuition.
(3) When you have global distance learning courses with
Global Campus" as
your RITSEC terms, we also need to devise some way to pay off the
tuition by learners in developing countries who often lack any hard currency funds.
Our proposed Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF),
which was mentioned in my
previous distribution, is to include some kind of funds which will be
similar to the world famous Fulbright exchange scholarship program for
which the US government now spend almost $200 million every year.
When I was a
Fulbright exchange student in 1954, the program spent
about $3,000 per year per student for a Japanese to come over the
US. It is now almost $50,000 per year per student!! The US
government does not have enough money any more, so that Japanese
Fulbright alumni members now raise almost $1 million per year from
Japanese industries to invite American students and scholars to Japan.
A few years junior
Fulbrighter of mine is Professor Heisuke
Hironaka who is now President of Hiroshima University. Prior to
his going back to Japan, he was the dean of mathematics at the
Harvard University and a Laureate of Field Award which is
equivalent to Nobel Prize. He was also one of panelists during
our GLH videoconferencing in the fall of 1993. In one of the
publicity materials of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
he advocated that distance learning mechanisms should be more
effectively utilized in order to save the exchange program costs,
e.g., students attending their courses at their designated schools
only at the beginning and end of each semester and the rest to
study from their home base in Japan through telecom media.
of UTK recently told me a very successful conduct of
a similar approach for their distance learning course on hospital
management. After face-to-face meeting for a week at the
beginning of the semester, students can converse each other
through web oriented conferencing system, SYMPOSIUM, which can
have white board, PowerPoint slide show, synchronous audio
conferencing -- but not video, via Internet. Some student come in
with 28.8 Kbps dial-up modem even from India!! Once you have the
face-to-face mtg, you would not need to have video capability,
thus, saving a lots of trouble and costs.
As your (and our) final reports to the InfoDev
mentioned, the face-to-face
mtg is very important for the success of global distance learning
courses -- to have students for such a mtg, we also have to devise their
travel funds -- our GSTF has to include it in due course of its
development, as similar to the conference travel scholarship fund of the InfoDev.
(4) About your infrastructure requirement, you may consider to
approach taken by the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji for
their USPNet which has 4 of 128 Kbps channels and 12 of 64 Kbps channels
over a spare INTELSAT satellite free of charge. The USP is the hub to
connect 12 nearby island countries through the satellite.
Joe Pelton initiated Project SHARE (which is
now Project ACCESS) while
he was at the INTELSAT. He is now one of our GLOSAS/USA board members
and will take care of the GSTF project at his newly established [Arthur
C.] Clark Institute of Telecommunications and Information (CITI).
According to him, INTELSAT is now willing to provide 1.5 Mbps channel
for qualified non-profit organizations free of charge under the Project
ACCESS for one year experiment. Incidentally, during the Project SHARE
period, the China National TV University started with the use of
INTELSAT satellite and has now grown to have 7 million students around
the mainland China.
Several months ago, an officer of the UNDP
(United Nations Development
Program) told me that, though several of Arabic countries launched their
domestic satellites with their national prestige, but they have not been
used much with ample empty channels left over. You may consider to
approach to the PTT of those countries to get the unused channels for
your use with broadband Internet. You may need to leapfrog to the
broadband as soon as possible, instead of following the mistakes made
with Incredibly Super Duper Nonsense (ISDN) line in many countries.
there is T1 (1.5 Mbps) satellite connection between
Johns Hopkins University to Saudi Arabia.
It seems to me from your description for the
Internet demand in Egypt
that you may need to urge your Egyptian government to install broadband
Internet satellite channels either from the US or from Europe. Or, you
may try to get the aforementioned unused satellite channels of Arabic
Brazil used to
have 15 channels of 2 Mbps line (5 to Canada and 10
to the US), but Internet telephony did not work well. After
having 4 of 34 Mbps satellite channels to the US, they have now
good Internet telephony.
(5) Pls let me know ASAP when your RITSEC management decided to
in my previously proposed demonstration during Franck's Newropean
Congress on 10/5-7, 2000.
I would suggest that you participate in such
global occasion as many as
possible so that you and your Arabic colleagues can build up experiences.
Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 15:31:17 +0200
To: Tak Utsumi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Dalia Moawad <email@example.com>
Subject: Cooperation with Egypt/Arab Region
Dear Dr. Utsumi,
Regarding the LearnNet (Arab Regional Distance Learning Network Project
sponsored by InfoDev) I would like to clarify that the network is in
place (in three Arab countries) in terms of infrastructure and potential
content to be delivered. However, due to a number of factors, there has
been a delay in the delivery to the arab countries.
These factors are related to the Egypt site where:
1. ISDN lines are in the very initial stage of introduction into the
country. We need nine ISDN (128k)lines installed at RITSEC (being the
Regional Hub of the network)to be able to provide the bridging service
from any global provider to Kuwait and Jordan. (<italic>Note: We expect
to have two lines within two weeks, and the rest to follow.)
</italic>2. The capacities of the Egypt site are currently being
upgraded, based on the realization of the tremendous demand on IT
professional training services in Egypt..once we started testing the
market potential we realized the available facilities were not sufficient
to cope with the market demand in Egypt, especially relaying to the fact
ICT development in our country was one of the first announced priorities
on the agenda of the newly appointed government (a mandate that has
rapidly impacted all sectors of Egyptian Economy)
I am clarifying this delay based on your message referring to our
delivering MIT courses in the Arab Region. We actually have an
affilitaion with MIT-CAES/ASP to deliver three courses:
1.System Dynamics (Prof. Jim Hines)
2.Dynamic Strategic planning (Prof.Richard de Neufville)
3. Logistics Systems (Prof. Yossi Sheffi)
We were supposed to deliver them earlier, based on successfully acquiring
funds to sponsor twenty Arab students (minimum number for running each
course) since the individual cost of each course per participant was
relatively high.....unfortunately, it was not feasible.
We are currently working on the new course scheduling (starting June
2000) based on market demands and hopefully this time it would be accomplished.
I will send you another message in response to your suggestions as soon
as I get replies from RITSEC management.
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