<<September 22, 1999>>

Mr. John Pearce <john.pearce@dfait-maeci.gc.ca>

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

Dear Mr. Pearce:

(1) I am writing you at the suggestion received from Tapio Varis (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) Our contact person at CIDA is;

Mr. Gerard I. Kenney, Eng., Ing.
Senior Advisor
Telecommunications & Information
Policy Branch
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
200, Promenade du Portage
HULL (Quibec)
Canada K1A 0G4
(819) 994 5419
819-997-7866 (his secretary)
Fax: (819) 953 3348

(3) Gerard and following person were with Tapio Varis at our round table
discussion mtg held in Washington, D.C. on 10 to 11 July, 1995, at which
time we discussed the holding of an international workshop and
conference that was realized at the University of Tampere last month.

Dr. Pierre Patry
President, COMRED
Vice President, CREAD
Senior Adviser
PM Organization Internationale Inc.
1, Place Ville-Marie, Suite 2821
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4R4
Fax: 514-453-9216

(4) At that mtg, there also was following person;

John Mack
WorldSpace Foundation

At that time, he initiated the Leland program at the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) which extended Internet (at 128 Kbps)
to more than two dozen African countries.

(5) Following persons attended our Tampere event;

Kenneth O. Roko
Next Generation Networks Technology, Inc.
8218 Running Creek Ct
Springfield, VA 22153-4610
Tel: +1-703-455-8771
Cel: +1-703-919-1965
Fax: +1-561-431-0315

Ken worked for the Leland program at the USAID till his retirement from
it in last June (or July).

Mr. Lane Smith
Coordinator of the Leland Initiative
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), AFR/SD
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20523-4600
Tel: +1-202-712 0826
Fax: +1-202-216-3373

Ken and Lane attended our Tampere event.

(6) We had an excellent presentation on the fixed wireless broadband
Internet by following Canadian;

Mr. Barry McLarnon, P. Eng.
Project leader, Radio Broadcast Systems
Communications Research Center Canada
2696 Regina Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2B 6Y1
Tel: +1-613-998 5005
Fax: +1-613-993 9950

(7) We regret we could not have the attendance by the following person;

John C. Afele, Ph.D
Program Director
The Indigenous African Perspective on Sustainable Livelihoods
Department of Plant Agriculture
Crop Science Division
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 2W1
Telephone:(Bus)1-519-824-4120 ext 3934/8164
(Home) 1-519-831-4862
Fax: 1-519-763-8933
Chair, Grants & Research Committe,
Ghana Computer Literacy and Distance Education project
< http://www.ghaclad.org >
Member of Africa TeleHealth Consorutium
< http://ccen.uccb.ns.ca/nairobi >
Member, IT for Development Working Group
Council for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture, Germany
< http://www.dainet.de/gil >

Although not definite yet, we are talking with John if his university
can be the administrative center for the African Region operation of our
Global University System project.

During our Tampere event, Lane and Ken agreed with my suggestion to make
the enhancement of the Leland program as the US/Japan joint project
which John's msg of ATTACHMENT II referred to Lane's deliberations which
Lane promised to me during our Tampere event. We hope that our Canadian
colleagues and governmental agencies will participate in our Global
University System project which will be headed by Tapio Varis as the
Acting President.

(8) We regret that we could not have enough time to invite many outstanding
distance learning institutions in Canada to our Tampere event.

This was pointed out when I visited following person last June;

Dr. Terry Morrison
Senior Capacity Building Specialist
Asia Development Bank Institute (ADB Institute)
Kasumigaseki Building 8F
3-2-5 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6008
+81-3-3593-5500 (General)
+81-3-3593-5507 (direct)
Fax: +81-3-3593-5587

Dr. Morrison is a former president of Athabasca University in Alberta,

(9) Incidentally, following foundation is now spearheading our Asia/Pacific

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131

FSUN/Tokyo office is now organizing a workshop which will be a follow-up
to our Tampere event and will be held in Tokyo next April (or May).

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already indicated
their willingness to support the workshop.

Asia Development Bank in Manila has also indicated their support for
this event and project.

(10) Lastly, you can find pertinent information about our Global University
System project at following web sites;

(a) General description of the project and the summary of our Tampere
event at;


(b) Handout materials of our Tampere event which includes many
valuable opening remarks and keynote speeches, and also background
materials of activities and proposals on distance learning in
various regions of the world at;


In the left column of this home page, you can find an excellent
keynote speech "Objectives and Institutionalization of the Global
University System" by;

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Vice President for Administration
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

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.

(c) Tampere event;

1. Event program:


2. Photos, audio, music and video:


3. Summary diagrams (not completed yet):


Looking into the future, we believe that the distance learning and
healthcare would need broadband Internet, especially wireless (including
digital satellite) broadband Internet to reach remote/rural areas in
developing countries.

This subsequently requires huge investment which can come only from
governmental sources, -- hence our attempt to create the Global Service
Trust Fund (GSTF) -- see "Global University Background Documents" at the web site of the above (10)-(a).

In order to appeal to the government of G7 countries, we are now forming
Global University System, a coalition of regional groups in the
Asia/Pacific, North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa -- see
Proposed Outline of the Global University System Structure" at the web
of the above (10)-(a).

(11) I hope the above will help your report writing.

Pls feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Best, Tak

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 20:41:03 +0300
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
From: Tapio Varis <titava@uta.fi>
Subject: our Canadian (CIDA) contacts
Cc: john.pearce@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Dear Tak,

Mr. John Pearce, Councellor Commercial, from the Canadian Embassy in
Helsinki visited me and wanted more information of GUS. He would also like
to have the names of our contacts to CIDA. Could you provide him with this
information (I remembered Mr. Pierre Patrick but have all my files in
H╔─meenlinna now). He is going to write a report of our Global University
System and needs that information soon. His e-mail address is above. Best

Tapio Varis

From: "John Afele" <jafele@plant.uoguelph.ca>
Organization: Plant Agriculture, Univ. of Guelph
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 18:00:31 EST

Dear Prof. Utsumi-san:

My trip to Washington was very successful. I met many people with
whom we share similar goals and ideals. Lane was on my panel, and so
were Prof. Raymond Akwule of George Mason University, and Lauri
Fitz-Pegado (Vice President, corporate affairs and communications of
Iridum). John Mack was also present, and many others. Lane is going
to inform you of deliberations there while him and I will draft a
short project summary.

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Mr. John Pearce
Councellor Commercial
Canadian Embassy
Helsinki, Finland

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 *
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* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
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