<<July 13, 2000>>

Laure Charvin <lcharvin@worldbank.org>

P. Tapio Varis <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Dear Ms. Charvin:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) in response to my list

"Grant application to IREX for mini-workshop at UK Open University
- February 23, 2000" which can now be retrieved at


(2) This grant application to hold a mini-workshop at the UK Open University
for our Global University System (GUS)/European (and possibly Arabic)
Regional activities was unfortunately turned down.

However, this unfortunate situation turned out to produce a very good
promising result to make a larger workshop by the UK Open University in
Sheffield, England next March with full support of the British Council
and also possible support from the European Science Foundation.

See also;
"UK Open University: Ihor's visit & Paul's paper - July 8, 2000" at

The workshop is to have brainstorming on the establishment of Global
University System/Eastern European (and if possible, Arabic) operations.

This is to initiate global distance learning and telemedicine across
national boundaries; (a) firstly with the use of currently available
narrow band Internet, and (b) secondly with the use of broadband
Internet when it is available as setting up global broadband wireless
and satellite Internet private virtual networks -- hopefully, with the
funds from the Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF).

(3) Our workshop will be held in conjunction with the conference on Virtual
Universities which is now being organized by the British Council.

Our colleague at the UK Open University is now organizing this workshop.

Many thanks for your offer of help for this workshop (ATTACHMENT
I). We will come back to you as our UK Open University colleague
firms it up further -- particularly for the travel grants of
attendees from Eastern European, African and Arabic countries.

Our colleague, Chairman of the Task Force for Eastern European Countries of
the Fulbright Association, is soliciting interest of his colleagues in those
countries to attend this workshop. Our colleague in Egypt (who received
the InfoDev grant) is also doing the same among her colleagues in Arabic countries.

The UK Open University will assist the establishment of the Finnish National
Virtual University whose headquarters will be located at the University
of Tampere in Finland.

Since the headquarters of our GUS is also located at the University of
Tampere, our GUS will assist the international operation of the Finnish
National Virtual University.

(4) This is to mention just a few of our European regional activities out of our
GUS project, which was initiated with the creation of our GUS at the
highly successful international workshop and conference on "Emerging
Global Electronic Distance Learning (EGEDL/'99)" held at the University
of Tampere last August, thanks to the grants from the InfoDev of the
World Bank, the US National Science Foundation, and many others.

Pls retrieve my following paper for the current status of our GUS/GSTF projects;

"Global University System"
Paper to be presented at The 14th Annual Conference of The Asian
Association of Open Universities at The University of
Philippines/Open University, Manila, Philippines, 25-27 October 2000 at <http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Manila%20Workshop/GUS_Paper/Manila_conf_10-00/GUS_Paper_Manila_conf.html>.

As mentioned in this paper, we had a very successful workshop in Manaus,
Amazonas, Brazil from May 31 to June 2, 2000 for the people of UNAMAZ (a
consortium of 77 universities in 8 Amazonian countries).

(5) As the initiator/coordinator/integrator (ATTACHMENT II) (*) of our
GUS/GSTF projects, I have been requested to attend a series of workshops
and conferences as listed in ATTACHMENT III.

(*) See also; Sao Paulo ICDE/ABED conference / possible August Roraima workshop - July 1, 2000" at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

I would like to know if I can be entitled to apply for your infoDev
Conference Scholarship Fund to attend those workshops and conferences --
particularly those marked (*) in ATTACHMENT III at approximately a total
of US$15,000.

If affirmative, I will be very happy to submit a formal application to you.

I look forward to hearing your favorable reply soon.

Dear Tapio and Electronic Colleagues:

(6) I would greatly appreciate it if you can kindly send your brief support
email msg to Ms. Charvin -- cc to me, pls. Thanks.

Best, Tak

From: Lcharvin@worldbank.org
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 14:52:58 -0400
Subject: DRAFT/Grant application to IREX for mini-workshop at Open University
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org

Dear Mr. Utsumi,

I was forwarded your message lately. Thank you very much for informing us of
your activity. I think your initiative (the mini-workshop) is a very interesting one.

I do not really get the purpose of this email. Please let me know what we can
do for you. We will be happy to work things out with you.

infoDev has three grants initiatives:
1- the Y2K initiative now closed and was helping developing countries to cope
with the Y2K problem by giving grants and methodology advice and technical assistance.
2- the infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund which is closed for this fiscal
year (till July 2000) for financial reasons (we are out of resources for this
program). This facility assist conference organizers in bringing individuals
from developing countries to their conference by paying for airfares and per
diem. To qualify a conference has among other things to be information and
communication technology (ICT) related (applied to health, education,
environment, governance...etc).
3- the core infoDev program receives, evaluates and grants, if qualified,
innovative ICT oriented proposals. You can apply anytime. I invite you to read
the guidelines for application and get an application form on our web site at

Please do not hesitate to ask me or infoDev@worldbank.org if you need any
more details.

best regards,

Laure Charvin
infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund
tel: +1 202 473 2417
fax: +1 202 522 3186
email: lcharvin@worldbank.org
infoDev program: http://www.infodev.org

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 05:46:48 -0400
From: "Fredric M. Litto" <frmlitto@usp.br>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Possible brainstorming in Caracas, Venezuela in November

dear Tak and other friends:
i also enjoyed participating in the manaus meeting, and thought it was
highly useful. please consider that abed-the brazilian distance education
association is highly interested in supporting and collaborating with the
actions developed below.....
but i don't understand why it is necessary to wait for november to brainstorm.....
(1) we can start a discussion list specifically for this purpose......
(2) i can arrange rooms for F2F discussions during the ICDE/ABED meetings
here in sao paulo 13-18 august...i can even put it on the agenda of the abed
meeting (16-18 august) if Tak wishes me to do so.....i think there is
something to be said for bringing tak's work as an integrator into a
regular, formal setting, such as the abed congresses (and others)....i
remember attending tak's demo sessions at the icde scop meeting in moscow
(1994?)...but there wasn't continuity within icde for this work....my
proposal is to develop a formal relationship between abed and glosas, such
that there is a glosas interest/working group permanently within abed,
working all year round, and with a permanent place on the annual congress
program....i think alex rivas could be an excellent group leader for this
task, involving brazilians from all over the country, both in the specific
amazonia tasks, and in other tasks within brazil using the glosas
leadership, international personal networking and projects....the idea would
be to grow from the stage of demos and move up to the higher stage of
full-blown glosas projects, either within a single country, or extended over
several countries.....make sense?
cheers to all
fred litto

Schedules of Forthcoming Workshops
(As of July 13, 2000)
(Some of them are still tentative.)

(* marked are to apply for the infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund)

Summer, 2000

Mini-workshop by the Burns Telecommunication Center (BTC) of Montana
State University/Bozeman for the feasibility study of deploying
broadband Internet in the Native American community in Montana.

8/13/00 - 8/18/00 (*)

Attendances at the workshop/conference of the Association of Brazilian
Distance Education and the International Council of Distance Education
in Sao Paulo, Brazil to brief our GUS/GSTF projects and configure partnership.

September, 2000

Full workshop (similar to our Tampere event) by the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fall, 2000

Workshops in Europe and Washington, D.C. for GSTF project

Fall, 2000 (*)

Coordination trip to Europe, Ukraine and Egypt, etc.

Early October, 2000

Invitational visit to McGill University in Montreal, Canada

10/25/00 - 10/27/00 (*)

The 14th Annual Conference of The Asian Association of Open Universities
at The University of Philippines/Open University, Manila, Philippines

10/29/00 - 10/31/00

Mini-workshop by Asia-Pacific Group of GUS at St. Luke's College of
Medicine and at the University of Philippines/Open University in Manila, Philippines.

11/26/00 - 11/29/00 (*)

Mini-workshop with delegates of UNAMAZ, PanAmerican Federation of
Associations of Medical Schools, Brazilian Association of Distance
Learning, distance learning universities in Latin America and the
Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United Nations
University of Peace in Costa Rica, Global University System, [Arthur C.]
Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI) on the
initiation of feasibility study to deploy broadband Internet for
education and healthcare in Caracas, Venezuela.

December, 2000

Global Summit Meeting of world Leaders for the Establishment of GSTF in Washington, D.C.

February, 2001

Full workshop by GUS/Africa/Ghana Group at the University of Guelph in
Canada after it will have 2.4 Gbps Internet connection to the outside
world in the fall of 2000.

March, 2001

Full workshop in Shefield, UK by the Open University, the University of
Tampere and colleagues from Ukraine, Egypt, Pakistan, etc. for European
Group activities with full support of the British Council and possibly
European Science Foundation, too.

Spring, 2001

Mini-workshop by the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica.

Summer, 2001

Full workshop in Latin America by South American Group.

Summer, 2001

Full workshop in Cairo, Egypt for Arabic Group in cooperation with the
Regional Information Technology and Software Engineering Center (RITSEC)
which received the InfoDev fund for their international distance
learning project with colleagues in several Arabic countries.

September, 2001

Full workshop in Lviv, Ukraine by European Group.

Fall, 2001

Full workshop in Japan by Asia/Pacific Group.

Reference web sites
(As of July 12, 2000)

Reference web sites


2. Tampere conference (Finland, August 1999)

3. Global University System:


Paper on GUS for the Manaus, Amazon mini-workshop (May 2000)

Memorandum of Understanding for GUS Partnerships

4. Global University System Asia-Pacific Framework

5. Global broadband Internet networks

6. Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF):


GSTF as [Arthur C.] Clarke telecommunications project

7. Manaus workshop

English version

Portuguese version

Amazon photos, MPEG & streaming video

List of Distribution

Laure Charvin
infoDev Conference Scholarship Fund
The World Bank
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20433
tel: +1 202 473 2417
fax: +1 202 522 3186

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
Tel: +358-3-614-5247--office in Hameenlinna
Tel: +358-3-215 6243--mass media lab in Tampere
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) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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