<<September 21, 1999>>

Terry Grant <Terry.GRANT@DG22.cec.be>

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

(1) Dear Ms. Grant:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Although not answering directly to your inquiries, you may visit

(a) Visit <http://hoklpc25.uta.fi/egedl/outline/>.

This is the handout materials of our Tampere event which include
many valuable opening remarks and keynote speeches, and also
background materials of activities and proposals on distance
learning in various regions of the world.

1. On the left column of this home page, you can find the very
inspiring opening remarks on the establishment of a nation
wide virtual university in Finland by;

Markku Linna
Director General
Ministry of Education
P.O.Box 293
FIN-00171 Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-1341 7210
Fax: +358-9-1341 6984

2. In this column, you can also find an excellent keynote
speech Objectives and Institutionalization of the Global
University System" by;

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Consultant of United Nations University
Former Director, Division of Higher Education of
36, Rue Ernest Renan
92.190 Meudon
Tel: +33-1-45 34 3509
Fax: +33-1-45 34 3509

Marco was the main organizer of the World Conference on
Higher Education (WCHE) held in 5 to 9 October, 1998 in
Paris with more than 4,000 attendees from all over the
world, as setting the vision and action of the higher
education in the 21st Century.

(b) Visit <http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/asia-pacific/index.html>.

You can find there the general description of our project and also
the summary of our Tampere event.

(c) You may also inquire following persons;

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

As you know, the Open University is the pioneer of distance
learning so that they would be readily provide you with their
experiences pertinent to your inquiries.

Sally Edmundson
Conference and Events Management Office
University of Central Lancashire
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 892250
Fax: +44 (0) 1772 892938
Email: s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk

Sally may be able to provide you with the results of their
successful international conference on global distance education
held in France last year.

Jusri De Vries, MFA, IDEC, EAIE
Coordinator, Distance Learning
Chairman, Distance Education Network
European Association for International Education
Department of Art Education
University of Art and Design - Helsinki
Hameentie 135 C
FIN-00560 Helsinki
Tel: +358 9 7563 0531
Fax: +358 9 7563 0250
Mob: +358 40 533 4204

Jusri's web site on DEN may provide you with pertinent information
to your inquiries.

(d) I took the liberty of admitting you into our listserve
distribution so that you will be kept updated with the daily
progress of our activities.

(2) Dear Electronic Colleagues:

Tapio and I would be very grateful if you can kindly supply Ms. Grant
your experience and information to her inquiries.

Best, Tak

From: Terry.GRANT@DG22.cec.be
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 18:27:49 +0200
To: <UTsumi@columbia.edu>

Dear Dr Utsumi
You will see from one of the attachments that Professor Varis has suggested
that you might be able to provide me with some advice on virtual universities.
Details of the kind of information I am interested in are also attached.
Please do not go to any trouble, but it would be very helpful to have any
general information which you may have on the issue.
Many thanks.
Terry Grant

From: Tapio Varis <tapio.varis@uta.fi>
To: Terry.GRANT@DG22.cec.be

Dear Terry Grant,

Thank you very much for your request. I have just finished a major
conference & workshop on "Emerging Global Electronic Distance Learning" -
please find information from:


I and my colleague Dr. Takeshi Utsumi (utsumi@columbia.edu) have been much
involved in these things and you could receive information from Dr. Utsumi,

Your questions require some home work which I am willing to do in a few
weeks time. You may contact my frie Mr. Janee Sariola at the Finish
Ministry for Education (janne.sariola@minedu.fi) who is compiling these
things right now. You may like to refer to me when approaching him.

Best wishes and regards,

Tapio Varis
Professor and Chair
University of Tampere

At 15:09 15.9.1999 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear Professor Varis
>I should be very grateful if you could let me have any information which
might be easily accessible to you in respect of "virtual universities" in
Finland. Details of the kind of information which would be helpful are in
the attachment.
>Many thanks.
>Terry Grant
>Attachment Converted: "C:\EUDORA\Attach\univques.doc"

15 September1999

Dear Professor Varis


Alain Dumort, recently of the European Commission, but who has now taken up a
secondment to a University in the States, suggested I contact you to enquire
if you could offer any advice on virtual universities. I have recently moved
from my job in the Education Ministry in London to take up a post in DGXXII
in the Commission. I will be mostly involved in the European Netdays project,
details of which you I am sure you will already be aware of. I expect to be
here for two the three years before returning to London.

In addition to the Netdays project, I am also interested in establishing how
online facilities are enhancing learning in the higher education sector in
each EU country and in Australia, Canada and the US. I realise that many
countries have concentrated on developing ICT in their schools sector and that
provision in the higher education sector might not be quite so advanced.
However, it would be very helpful if you could let me have, or provide me with
a contact who might have, information of any developments that you are aware
of in Finland or in neighbouring countries.

The kind of information I am looking for includes :

i. what are individual universities/national governments doing in this
area ?

ii. who are the main target groups ?

iii. who are the main users ?

iv. what are the advantages/disadvantages ?

v. is there any private sector involvement ?

vi. what are the main objectives of any initiatives ?

vii. what are the costs ?

This is just a preliminary survey of what is going on, so please do not go to
too much trouble when replying. But any information you or your colleagues
might have on the above issues, or just a general overview, would be most
helpful. Even a www site which might have some details would be useful.

Many thanks.

Terry Grant
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Terry Grant
European Commission

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
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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