<<October 5, 1999>>

Joanne Curry <Joanne_Curry@sfu.ca>

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Dear Ms. Curry:

(1) Many thanks for your fax of 9/30th (ATTACHMENT I) as cordially inviting
me to attend your wonderful conference, TeleLearning*NCE99, in Montreal,
Canada from 11/6th to 9th.

I received an email from Tapio Varis today saying that he will attend
your conference also.

(2) Although not definite yet, I am inclined to attend, too. Pls inform me
the followings.

Tuesday, November 9, 1999
0930 - 1100 (Cote St. Luc)
Broadband Applications in Education and Training

This session seems not to have been decided yet.

Can Tapio present his talk on our Global University System (GUS)
project in this session, and can I assist him on its technicality?
If affirmative, the session title could be Global University
System (GUS) with global broadband Internet."

In order to support the GUS, we are now start working on the
establishment of global broadband Internet in the major regions of
our globe; i.e., Asia/Pacific, North, Central and South America,
Europe and Africa with prominent group members in those regions --
pls visit followings at

1. Fundamental Projects of Dr. Takeshi Utsumi,

2. Proposed Global University System Structure,

3. World Regional Project Summaries,

4. Pacific/Asia Pilot Project Partners,

5. Pacific/Asia Brainstorming Summary,

6. Montana/Pacific Distance Learning Project,

7. Collaboration with Asian Open Universities,

8. Tokyo Workshop (Spring 2000)/Proposed Conference Activities,

9. Tampere Workshop (August, 1999): Emerging Global Electronic
Distance Learning (EGEDL) International Conference and
Workshop, University of Tampere, Finland

Our presentations may smoothly prepare for the next session;

Tuesday, November 9, 1999
1130 - 1300 (Cote St. Luc)
Regional and National Strategies

A profile of countries or regions that were investing in
online education and developing regional and national
strategies. Presenters will feature the plans and models
being pursued. In addition, an interactive component of this
session will include discussions on issues such as scaling
up programs, teacher/faculty professional development,
removing policy barriers, and financing.

(b) Your letter mentioned that meetings could be also scheduled with
Canada's CIDA and representatives of the Department of Foreign

Tapio's 9/30th email msg to you also mentioned I would be very
anxious to make those contacts with CIDA and Ministry for Foreign
Affairs that you mention."

I would like to know the details of these arrangements, i.e.,
names and titles of the persons we can meet, place, date, and
time, etc.

This is because;

1. We are now working if the University of Guelph could become
the Administrative Center in North America for our Africa
Region operation,

2. We are also now arranging the joint cooperation of the US
Agency for International Development (USAID) to enhance
their Leland program (which extends Internet at 128 Kbps to
more than two dozen African countries) with the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA),

3. Through Tapio's introduction to Canadian Embassy in
Helsinki, our highly successful Tampere event has already
been well informed to various sectors of Canadian government

4. We were sorry we could not have enough time to invite
Canadian's participation in our Tampere event. We wish to
have their participation in our next Tokyo
workshop/conference next April (or May) with the Canadian
government's support to Canadian educators' attendance, as
the US National Science Foundation did for Americans'
attendance to our Tampere event.

(c) Lastly, I would like to respectfully ask if you can provide me any
financial aid to attend your conference, since we are still
fledgling organization with limited resources. As Tapio said in
his msg of 9/30th that he has to plan his travel carefully," so
do I, since I receive many invitations nowadays.

(3) Anyway, if the above info is clear to me, I wish to attend your
conference to rekindle our friendship with Canadian colleagues.
Incidentally, your Simon Fraser University was one of sites of our very
first Global Lecture Hall (GLH)" videoconferencing in July of 1986,
discussing the US/Japan trade issues due to crude oil price fluctuations
with prominent economists of the both countries such as Lester Thurow of
M.I.T., etc.

Looking forward to receiving your response soon,

Best, Tak

September 30, 1999

Dr. Takeshi Utsumi
President, Global University in the USA (GU/USA)
Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
43-23 Colden Street, #9-L
Flushing, NY 11355-3998, USA

Dear Dr. Takeshi Utsumi:

I would like to invite you to the fourth annual conference of the TeleLearning
NCE. The TeleLearning NCE is a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence
established in 1995. Twenty three universities and over 100 companies,
government departments and schools are working with our organization to
develop and evaluate the effectiveness of networked learning using
collaborative learning and knowledge building models in K-12, Post-secondary
Education and Workplace Training. The NCE is led by Dr. Linda Harasim. Further
information about our organization can be found at http://www.telelearn.ca.

The conference, TeleLearning'99, is being held in Montreal, Quebec, November
6th to 9th. Our conference keynote speakers are John Gage, the Chief
Researcher and Director of Sun Microsystems; Roxanne Hiltz, Distinguished
Professor of Computer and Information Science Lessons at the New Jersey
Institute of Technology; and Murray Turoff, Distinguished Professor, Computer
and Information Science at the Now Jersey Institute of Technology. The three
panel tracks are Research Advances, Preparing Postsecondary Institutions, and
Global Best Models. Further information about our conference is available at

We have heard much about your work and look forward to an opportunity to learn
more about your vision for the Global University and discuss possible avenues
for collaboration. If you traveled to Canada, meetings could be also scheduled
with Canada's CIDA and representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

I hope that you will be able to attend. Please do not hesitate to contact me
if I can provide further information. Thank you,

Joanne Curry
Executive Director

Date: Fri, 01 Oct 1999 14:56:57 -0400
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
From: Barry McLarnon <barry.mclarnon@crc.ca>
Subject: Re: Your report


Below is my brief report on the Tampere event (in plain text to avoid any
formatting problems).

<<October 1, 1999>> Removed here by T. Utsumi,



Report on the EGEDL meeting in Tampere, Finland (August 1999)

Although I do not work in the distance learning field, I found the Tampere
meeting to be very interesting. Indeed, it was quite stimulating to be among
a group of educators who are committed to tackling the challenges of providing
affordable distance learning on a global scale. I particularly appreciated
Roger BostonÅ[s workshop on low-cost teleconferencing. This was a very
practical and down-to-earth exposition of how inexpensive conferencing tools
can be used effectively with connections of differing bandwidths and
latencies. In general, the meeting was very well organized, and the local
hosts are to be commended for their thoroughness, and for their hospitality.

My presentation on wireless Internet seemed to be well received, judging from
comments I received later. Although it was focused primarily on the use of
unlicensed spread spectrum technology, I tried to put this in its proper
context by providing an overview of wireless technologies that could be used
for Internet connectivity. A central point of the presentation was that many
players are now entering the wireless Internet arena, and one has to assess
them all. In some cases, it may make good economic sense to leverage an
existing wireless infrastructure rather than deploying something new. I
regret that I was unable to contribute much in the ÁbrainstormingÅEsessions,
as the proposals were rather general in nature at that stage, but perhaps I
can provide some input at a later stage.

The Tampere meeting was a study in contrasts, and clearly showed the enormous
gap between the ’havesÅ[ and the ’have notsÅ[. On the one hand, some of the
players have tremendous resources with which to deploy broadband wireless
technology; on the other hand, some must operate on a shoestring budget, and
even lack adequate basic wireline services as a starting point. A major
challenge will be to identify technology which will be appropriate (in terms
of startup and operating costs, maintainability by local people, etc.) in the
’have notÅ[ situations.

In closing, I will also note that the Tampere meeting has attracted some
interest from the Canadian government. Although I did not attend the meeting
as an official representative of the Government of Canada, I have been
contacted by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, and from Industry Canada, and asked for my comments on
the meeting. I conveyed my perception that the Global University initiatives
should be taken very seriously, and urged them to follow the activities of Dr.
Utsumi, Professor Varis and their colleagues more closely in the future. I am
pleased that my presence at the meeting contributed in some small way to
raising awareness in Canada of this work.

Barry McLarnon
September 1999

Barry McLarnon (barry.mclarnon@crc.ca)
Project Leader, Radio Broadcast Systems
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2H 8S2
WWW: http://www.drb.crc.ca Fax: 613-993-9950 AKA: VE3JF
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Joanne Curry
Executive Director
TeleLearning Network of Contres Of Excellence (TL*NCE)
Room 9701, Applied Science Building
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Tel: [604] 291-5396/5397
Fax: [604] 291-3439

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
* 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) *
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