<<September 24, 2000>>
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Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Steve McCarty <steve@kagawa-jc.ac.jp>

G. Ernest (Ernie) Anderson <geand@educ.umass.edu>

Dear David:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) with an excellent elaboration of
the esteemed vision of the Late Senator Fulbright.

Dear Steve:

(2) Pls kindly include it in the web site of our E-Testimony to the
Web-Based Education Commission of the US Congress.

Dear Ernie:

(3) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II) for the distribution to your
EDNET with 4,000 educators from Bangkok to Buenos Aires to Capetown to
Moscow, mostly concerned with K-12 education.

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(4) Pls refer to relevant previous list distributions:

(a) E-Testimony for US Congress on GUS, GBI and GSTF projects - September 19, 2000


(b) Proposal of E-Testimony for Web-Based Education Commission - September 16, 2000


(c) Congressional Hearing on Web-Based Education, 9/14-15/00 - September 8, 2000


Best, Tak

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 22:32:52 -0400
Sender: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: RE: Response to yours


Per your request, I am appending herewith a statement of endorsement which you
may use in whatever ways are appropriate. It is intended to be addressed to
the US Congress and was so written. Please feel free to amend it to fit other
audiences. I hope it will be of some use in gaining support for the projects
of the Trust Fund and the GUS.


Dave Johnson


Statement of Dr. David A. Johnson:

In 1947, a few short years after the end of World War II, a war that
transformed and globalized our perception of the world, a Senator from
Arkansas, J. W. Fulbright, proposed a revolutionary idea: use the proceeds
from war surplus material around the world to finance educational exchanges
between the United States and cooperating partner countries. The program,
eventually named for the Senator who conceived of it, has for more than fifty
years served the country and the world well, making it possible for thousands
of Americans to study and teach abroad, and for thousands of citizens from
other countries to come to the United States to understand better our land,
people, and institutions. The Fulbright program has from its beginnings been
a shared, multi-national endeavor, and an outstanding success in helping a
complex world toward understanding, progress, and stability. It has paid its
way many times over.

My own Fulbright was in 1978 to what was then the Soviet Union where, as a
young professor, I had the opportunity to teach Russians about American
democracy and open societies. It was an exhilarating experience and I like to
think that in some small way I helped to end the Cold War. Certainly, the
Fulbright "changed my life," an expression I have heard again and again from
Fulbrighters to many countries.

Today, just as America did a half-century ago when the Fulbright program was
initiated, we stand on the threshold of a new, emerging world of information
sharing, this time through the extraordinary opportunities presented by
electronic technologies. We can, like Senator Fulbright, envision a latent
opportunity that lies within our grasp -- through the digital wonders of the
Net and through the potential of electronic distance education. Or we can
ignore the digital divide and miss the opportunity to make a giant leap across
time and space. It will take imagination and the will to use the new tools in
creative, efficient and powerful ways if we are to seize that opportunity.

The carefully conceived projects of the Global University System and the
Global Service Trust Fund have the potential to extend educational
opportunities on a scale comparable to that of the Fulbright Program. The
challenge will be to master the new tools, and to fashion them to fit the
specific needs of individual countries and their institutions, especially in
the emerging and developing economies. This evolution needs to occur under a
supportive umbrella structure that combines technical capabilities with
imaginative, experimental pedagogical approaches. This is the ambitious
mission that GLOSAS and the Global Service Trust Fund has set for itself. It
is a mission that is doable and that needs to be done. It will require the
support of global development agencies, the telecommunications sector, and
non-profit institutions.

GLOSAS has already demonstrated its capacity to undertake innovative
distance-learning programs in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
As a former Fulbrighter, I strongly urge Congressional support for the work of
this innovative and effective non-profit initiative. The benefits to the
American people and peoples around the world could be as profound as those
that have resulted from Senator Fulbright's vision. Indeed, they are
complementary visions.

Dr. David A. Johnson
Professor Emeritus of Planning
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Past President, The Fulbright Association of the United States



Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 21:51:14 -0400
To: ednet@lists.umass.edu
From: "G. Ernest Anderson" <GEAND@EDUC.UMass.edu>
Subject: E-Testimony for Web-Based Education

Dr. Tak Utsumi for some years has been a very active proponent of affordable
global networking, with a strong emphasis on medicine and health, but little
apparent intersection with K-12 concerns. Knowing that Dr. Utsumi was giving
testimony at the Web-Based Education Commission that would indeed touch on our
concerns, and might add a different dimension, I asked Dr. Utsumi for a
synopsis of his testimony. Colleague Steve McCarty kindly obliged with the following.

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Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 11:50:11 +0900
From: Steve McCarty <steve@kagawa-jc.ac.jp>
Subject: E-Testimony for Web-Based Education

Testimony of Dr. Takeshi Utsumi to the September 2000 U.S.
Congressional Hearing of the Web-Based Education Commission

Over a dozen years ago when Prof. Joe Pelton of George Washington
University was at INTELSAT, he told me that: "If you consider the use
of telecommunications, you are bound to think globally." As you all
know well, the Web is the core of the Internet, and the Internet is
the future of telecommunications. Applying Pelton's rule,
Web-based education is bound to be global, and has to be
the essence of global e-learning.

Drs. David Johnson and Richard Arndt (both former Presidents
of the Fulbright Association) kindly took me to Senator Fulbright's
home in September of 1993. It was a most memorable visit and
a fulfillment of my long-standing dream since my life was
completely changed with my experiences as a Fulbright student
almost 45 years ago. I pledged to the Senator that I would work
harder to spread the spirit of the Senator to every corner of the
world with the use of advanced telecommunications and information
technologies, by creating a Global (electronic) University system,
i.e., a 21st century version of the Fulbright exchange program.
President Clinton urged during his State of the Union Speech
last January that Americans should help the people of
developing countries in their use of Internet, since
Americans firstly developed it.

During the recent Okinawa Summit, the Japanese government
pledged to allocate billions of dollars to close the gap of the
digital divide. After the Japanese government allocated one
billion dollars to the Human Genome Project, the British did
the same and then the U.S. and others to come up total of $5 billion,
which project is now approaching the wonders of life.

Our appeal to the US congress is: (a) to have a similar esteemed
vision of the Late Senator Fulbright, i.e., educational exchange
as the basis of world peace, which can now be conducted more
efficiently with the use of advanced Internet, and (b) to match
the Japanese government's pledged funds which may be pooled
into the Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) that I have been
advocating for multilateral cooperation to help close the gap
of the digital divide around the world.

Please vist the following reference Websites describing
my concrete proposals and activities of colleagues in the
Global University System:

Global Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.

"Global University System" - Paper for The 14th Annual
Conference of The Asian Association of Open Universities
at The University of Philippines/Open University Manila,
Philippines, 25-27 October 2000

Global University System Reference Websites
[or at:]

Email: utsumi@columbia.edu

Steve McCarty,
List of Distribution

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-865-974 5227
Fax: +1-865-974 5229

Steve McCarty
Professor, Kagawa Junior College
President, World Association for Online Education (WAOE)
3717-33 Nii, Kokubunji, Kagawa 769-0101, JAPAN
+81-877-49-8041 (office, direct line), Fax: +81-877-49-5252
steve@kagawa-jc.ac.jp, steve_mc@kagawa-jc.ac.jp, mccarty@mail.goo.ne.jp - web mail
Website Map, home page in English | Japanese:
Online publications (Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library 4-star site), in Japanese
Asia Society "Asia Expert" database entry
Fundamental Projects of Dr. Takeshi Utsumi [Japanese-English]:
Global University System Asia-Pacific Framework, News and Links,
Mid-2000 Correspondence, e-Testimony to Congress and at their site

G. Ernest (Ernie) Anderson
Professor of Education
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-3010

* 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) *
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