<<December 5, 2000>>
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Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak <ik@uar.net>

Dr. Paul Lefrere <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto <frmlitto@usp.br>

Dear Ihor and Paul:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I to IV).

Dear Paul:

(2) I was wondering why you did not respond to my previous list distribution
"Preparation of workshop in Sheffield, England - September 15, 2000"
which can be retrieved at http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/9-15-a.html

(3) When I attended a conference in Manila in October, a fellow said to me
that the fund (260 million pound) raising for the e-University (which is
a virtual university in the U.K as connecting all universities in
England with broadband Internet) was not going well -- even reported in TIME magazine.

I then thought this might have been the reason of your not responding to the list distribution.

(4) However, according to your msg (ATTACHMENT III), the original idea of
having a large conference for this e-University project by Professor
Paul Bacsich of the Sheffield Hallam University may now be shifted to be
held in London, instead in Sheffield.

(5) My next thought is that, time is so short to prepare a large conference
for such a large project, if it will be held in this coming spring.

Therefore, as you and Ihor originally planned (before visiting the
British Council last April), we may be better to have our workshop at
your Open University independent of Professor Bacsich's new large
conference in London.

(6) The timing of this workshop could be right after Ihor's attending the
ICDE conference in Dusseldolf in Germany from April 1 to 5, namely from
4/7th (Saturday) to 4/9th (Monday).

However, I already have a keynote speech engagement in Cebu, the
Philippines on April 18 so that I have to leave NYC on 4/16th.
Therefore, I will have a very tight travelling schedule.

After his very successful ICDE conference in Sao Paulo last August
(to which I attended), Fred Litto of the University of Sao Paulo
will attend the ICDE in Dusseldolf, so that he may also be able to
attend the workshop at your Open University, as the Special
Advisor of our GUS.

(7) The main purpose of this workshop will then be;

(a) to configure the extension of distance learning courses available
from the Open University/U.K. to Ukraine through the currently
available Internet,

(b) to plan a grant application for a workshop in Ukraine and for
feasibility study/market survey of implementing a broadband
Internet to Ukraine which will be submitted to the InfoDev of the
World Bank and other funding sources in Europe.

(8) Since this workshop will be independent from Professor Bacsich's large
conference in London, what I proposed in my previous list distribution
should be curtailed, and the total attendees can be small for intensive discussions.

(9) I would then like to discuss about travel fund raising after hearing
your and Ihor's response to the above.

Best, Tak

From: "Ihor Katernyak" <ik@uar.net>
To: "Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D." <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: Re: Fw: References
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 11:36:40 +0200

Dear Tak:
Thanks for your message.
I would like to make you short report. May 2000 came with the beginning of
activities of Ukrainian Distance Learning System (UDL System) Project in
Ukraine supported by US Department of State and Loyola college, based on the
Partnership for Distance Learning Development (PDLD) was organized by LIM in
1998 with three members and now has 27 organizations; each of them is
interested in distance learning and have agreed to work together to develop
and strengthen the Ukrainian Distance Learning System.
We have the following DL courses for on-line teaching :
Marketing for Beginners
Advanced Marketing
International Marketing
Firm Start-up & Business Management
Decision Making and Risk Analysis
Operation Management
Project Management and Management by Projects
Project Expert as Financial Modeling Tool
Business Communication
Information Technology Management
We've started a selection process of the next professional development
distance training programs and course adaptation for Web platform.

I think the best time for GUS workshop in Ukraine is September 2001. We will
have some background, goodwill and knowledge which can share with other
participants and on this base will be easy to find financial support from
donor organisations and sponsors.

On the base my negotiations with Vladimir-Goran Kreacic, Deputy Chief of
Mission of the World Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD) and discussions with his people we started very
interesting cooperation with World Bank "Ukraine Development Gateway" portal project.

Last Friday Victiria Loboda and I visited British Council office in Kyiv and
hope they will include in their plan participation of Ukrainian delegation
in the workshop Global eU2001 on eU2001 conference, April 9 to 12, 2001 in
Sheffield, England.

December 1 I will have presentation for Cisco Regional Academia and hope to
find cooperation with them too.

Right now I'm starting some formal process on registration as a legal entity
for Ukrainian Distance Learning System administration. It is be big honor
for us to receive your advise on organisation name and possible founders from GUS.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,

From: "Ihor Katernyak" <ik@uar.net>
To: "Paul Lefrere" <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>,
"Victoria Loboda" <vita@is.lviv.ua>,
"Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D." <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: letter-proposition to the BC
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 23:02:50 +0200

Dear Tak and Paul:
Last Friday we (Victoria and I) had a meeting at the British Council-Kyiv,
and they suggested us to prepare a short proposal concerning the Ukrainian Delegation
participation at the Conference at Sheffield University. Please, have a look
at this letter, it would be also very useful if you could provide me with
the URL of the Conference Web site and revise it. Also, please, let me know
if there are no changes in the plans of the Conference organization.

Thank you in advance,

Michael Bird,
Director, The British Council in Ukraine
4/12 Hryhoriya Skovorody St.
Kyiv 04070
Telephone: (+380 44) 490 5600
Fax: (+380 44) 490 5605
E-mail: Michael.Bird@britishcouncil.org.ua

Dear Mr.Bird:

I am writing to you in connection with my meeting with the British Council
representatives -Dr. Robert Monro and Dr. Paul Lefrere (the Open University)
in London (April 2000) and a short discussion with Arthur Plesak (project
co-ordinator) in British Council Lviv (May 2000), and every time I found their
great interest in our project, support and eagerness to collaborate in the
field of distance learning and promotion of UK degree programmes/courses for
distance learning into Ukrainian market.

Our Global University System and Ukrainian Distance Learning (UDL) project
(see is planning to hold a workshop
(provisionally entitled Global eU2001) in co-operation with the U.K.
Sheffield Hallam University as a host, the Open University, the University
of Tampere in Finland and the Global University System (GUS), on April 9 to
12, 2001 in Sheffield, England with the support of agencies such as the
British Council. In close co-operation with Open University, UK the Memorandum
of Understanding was developed (see more in http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Global_University/Global%20University%20System/Memo_of_Understanding/Cover_Sheet.html), and Ukraine was chosen as the first targeted country for the operation of the European Regional Group
of the Global University System (GUS) to establish a global distance
learning system with global broadband Internet.

This workshop will be in conjunction with the eU2001 conference, which will
deal with recent work on virtual universities and the possible establishment
of an "e-University" in England. The goal of the Ukrainian delegation at
this conference is to establish new institutional partnerships in order to
expand the market of educational services, to create market for distance
education in Ukraine, professional development of local tutors for teaching
in Ukraine and course content adaptation, quality and international quality
standards, managing for quality in DL, to receive professional recognition
or accreditation (assessment of a college's administrative and tutorial
methods, educational materials, and publicity), and cross-cultural approach
and joint research work.

Today one of the most actual issues for us is fund-raising for covering the
Ukrainian delegationÉs travel expenses and conference participation fee. We
hope that our proposal for participation at the E-University Conference
matches with your objectives and your plans for the next fiscal year.
We are looking forward to co-operating with you.

Faithfully yours,
Ihor Katernyak,
UDL System Manager,
Technology Promotion Center,
Lviv Institute of Management
57 V.Chornovil Ave.
Lviv 79601, UKRAINE
Tel: +380-322-52 2681
Fax: +380-322-52 4463

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 21:38:12 +0000
Subject: Re: letter-proposition to the BC
To: ik@uar.net
Cc: vita@is.lviv.ua, utsumi@columbia.edu
From: Paul Lefrere <P.Lefrere@open.ac.uk>

Dear Ihor

Thank you for your letter. I am sorry to say that my contact at Sheffield
Hallam University (Professor Paul Bacsich) mailed me a couple of days ago
to tell me that it now seems unlikely that Sheffield can handle the large
conference that he was organising. This is a problem for us because he had
offered to host our invitational conference as part of the larger
conference. So at the moment we do not have a venue. I apologise profusely for this.

Professor Bacsich is trying to arrange a venue in London for his large
conference, and suggests that we should share the venue with him, i.e.,
move our event to London. Please let me know your opinion on this. He is
having talks with a major UK agency to see if they are prepared to provide
some financial support. I shall let you know more about this as soon as I have news.

The fall-back position would be to run our own event independently, at the
Open University in Milton Keynes. I shall investigate that option if I
have not heard from you or Professor Bacsich in the next few days.

Best wishes


From: "Ihor Katernyak" <ik@uar.net>
To: "Paul Lefrere" <P.Lefrere@open.ac.uk>
Cc: <vita@is.lviv.ua>, <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: Re: letter-proposition to the BC
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 00:05:51 +0200

Dear Paul:
Thanks for your messege. Next year we are invited to participate in the
following international conference to make presentation at 20th ICDE WORLD
Learning - Learning for the Future: Shaping and Transition. (DUSSELDORF,
01. - 05. APRIL 2001)

The title of our presentation selected by the Committee is: On-Line Tutoring
in Global Education Environment. The International Council for Open and
Distance Education (ICDE) (the global membership organisation of educational
institutions, national and regional associations, corporations, educational
authorities and agencies in the fields of open learning, distance education,
and flexible, lifelong learning; more than 130 countries are represented).
More information on the mission of ICDE you can find at

It could be an advantage for us that both this and our events go consequently
- one after another.

I believe these conferences can give GUS new resources from the European
Community, UNESCO and British Council.

Looking forward to your comments.
List of Distribution

Dr. Ihor Bogdan Katerniak
Lviv Institute of Management-LIM
Technology Promotion Center
57 V.Chornovil Ave.
Lviv 79601
Tel: +380-322-52 2681
Fax: +380 322-52 2682
Fax: +380-322-52 4463

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

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto
President, Brazilian Association of Distance Education
Professor and General Coordinator
Technologies as Applied to Education
Research Nucleus Investigating the New Communications
The School of the Future
University of Sao Paulo
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