<<November 12, 1999>>

Ruby Vaa
Organiser, USPNet Roundtable meeting
University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus
Suva, Fiji

Dear Ruby,

(1) I express my sincere thanks for your cordial invitation (ATTACHMENT I)
to attend your roundtable meeting on November 29th to December 1st at
your Laucala Campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

I would be very delighted to accept your invitation.

(2) Pls inform me the URL of your web which includes about your USPNet and
the names and locations of universities of your consortium so that I can
get familiarize myself with your project prior to my trip.

Yes, I heard briefly about your project before, but I did not
realize that its commencement would be so soon. Congratulations!!

(3) We are now start working on the establishment of Global University
System with 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

(4) I shall look forward to receiving your next instructions.

Best, Tak


From: VAA_R@usp.ac.fj
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 15:50:34 +1200
Subject: (Fwd) Invitation to a roundtable meeting
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Cc: vaa_r@usp.ac.fj

Dear Dr Utsumi,

Greetings from the University of the South Pacific, Laucala
Campus, Suva, Fiji. I hope this finds you in good health.

I write on behalf of the Deputy VC to invite you to a roundtable
meeting we are holding to discuss strategies and plans to make
the best use of our new satellite network, USPNet. You may not be
aware of it, but this fully owned network is about to commence
operations (January-Feb 2000). It will have audio, data, and video
components/transmission facilities and will link the 12 member
countries of the university. The university has two other campuses
(Samoa and Vanuatu) and 12 Centres around the region.

In preparation for this, we formed a USPNet Education group and
decided to hold a roundtable meeting to formulate strategies and to
make plans. To this meeting we are inviting people like yourselves
who would be able to help us crystalise our thoughts into a
workable plan of action.

Your background and expertise has been brought to our attention
(by Richard Wah, Head of Distance Education at USP) and it is felt
that you would be eminently suitable to provide us with a guiding
light in our discussions.

The meeting is to be held on 29 November -1st December 1999
here in Suva. I hasten to add my sincere apologies for this short
notice but to say that despite this, I hope you would find the time
to come.

Should you agree to join us, the university will mee the cost of your
airfares and a daily per diem at the UN rate of FJD$192.00.

I look forward to hearing back from you and obviously I should be
most grateful for your early reply.

Yours sincerely,

Ruby Vaa
Organiser, USPNet Roundtable meeting

* 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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