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Subject:

Fwd: (Fwd) infoDev Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program

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Patrick O'Beirne <[log in to unmask]>

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>Date:         Tue, 18 Apr 2000 18:29:06 -0500
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>Sender: ISWORLD Information Systems World Network
>               <[log in to unmask]>
>From: "Leon A. Kappelman" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      (Fwd) infoDev Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program - part 1
>To: [log in to unmask]
>
>fyi, re Call for Applications for the Visiting Scholars
>Fellowship Program for Wireless Communications Curriculum
>Development.  infoDev is a program of the World Bank
>largely aimed at helping developing nations improve their
>I/T infrastructures.  This is an interesting
>internationally directed example of what appears to be an
>increasing trend of public-private partnerships involving
>high-tech companies.  Most of these of late are directed at
>addressing the various manifestations of the so-called
>digital divide.
>
>Best wishes,
>
>Leon A. Kappelman, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Business
>Computer Information Systems  Associate Director, Center
>for Quality & Productivity    College of Business
>Administration, Univ. of North Texas  Voice: 940-565-4698
>Fax: 940-369-7623  Email: [log in to unmask]  Website:
>http://www.unt.edu/bcis/faculty/kappelma/
>============================================================
>
>
>------- Forwarded message follows ------- Date sent:
>Tue, 18 Apr 2000 17:33:20 +0100 From:
>[log in to unmask] Subject:          infoDev Call for
>Applications To:                "infoDev Forum" <infodev-
>[log in to unmask]>
>
>The Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program for Wireless
>Communications Curriculum Development
>
>infoDev and Motorola University (MU) are pleased to
>announce that they are accepting applications for the
>Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program.
>
>This Fellowship program seeks to address the shortage of
>communication professionals in emerging economies.  The
>program is divided into two phases:
>
>      Phase I - Design and Development will have a
>university curriculum manager
>      from an emerging economy work with MU to develop a generic
> university-level
>      educational curriculum focused on communications and IP-based networks
>      technologies. During the four-month visit, the Scholar will also
> update and
>      improve his/her existing home university curriculum and core
> materials to
>      achieve state-of-the-art technology training.
>
>
>      Phase II - Dissemination and Awareness will provide shorter-term
>      fellowships to two selected developing country university curricula
>      managers to also work with MU to adapt and customize the generic
> curriculum
>      and test the material and curriculum in the classroom.
>
>
>Goals and Objectives
>
>
>The objectives of the Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program are to:
>
>
> establish new and strengthen existing university-level educational curricula
>focused on communications technologies and Internet Protocol-based (IP-based)
>networks; and
>
>
> create a "Virtual Curriculum Managers Network" (explained below).
>
>
>The ultimate intent is to bridge the gap between existing technologies in the
>Scholars? countries and state-of-the-art technologies in communications and
>IP-based, networks curriculum. The Visiting Scholar will be provided with
>state-of-the-art training and knowledge, and in turn will be expected to
>provide
>better education to engineering students in their universities.
>
>
>
>Program Structure
>
>
>To meet these goals, MU will host Visiting Scholars from emerging economies at
>the Motorola corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, located
>outside of
>Chicago.  The Program will be structured in two phases, with one Phase I
>Scholar
>visiting for a period of four months, starting after July 1, 2000, and two
>Phase
>II Scholars visiting later for approximately two months each. The Phase I
>Visiting Scholar is planned as a four month in-residence Fellowship. Due
>to the
>difficulty in coordinating the Scholar's teaching schedule with the start
>of the
>Program, an option may be available to structure Phase I in two 2-month
>segments
>rather than one 4-month residency.
>
>
>Phase I: Design and Development - During this phase, one Visiting Scholar will
>structure and develop a generic curriculum, and then a customized one for
>their
>university.  First, the Scholar will work with technical education and
>training
>professionals and Motorola staff to develop a generic university-level
>educational curriculum focused on wireless communications and IP network
>technologies. The Scholar's efforts will be coordinated with ongoing MU
>efforts
>in curriculum development.  Working under the supervision of education and
>training specialists provided through MU's College of Technology, the Scholar
>will design a high-level curriculum, develop individual course modules, and
>update existing materials. When necessary, the Scholar will create new
>educational materials where none exist to round out the generic curriculum.
>
>
>The Scholar should plan, if possible, to initiate the effort by utilizing
>existing materials brought from their university.  Materials and
>resources, both
>knowledge and human, will also be made available through MU and Motorola.  In
>addition, material from the World Bank will be made available to be
>incorporated
>into the Program design as appropriate, including the ?infoDev Regulatory
>Handbook? which is under development.
>
>
>The generic curriculum will then be customized to create a new curriculum for
>their technical training program in the home country university.  This will
>involve preparing a customized curriculum and course materials that fill
>the gap
>between existing technologies in the Scholar's country and cutting edge
>technologies in communications and IP-based networks curriculum.
>
>
>The Scholar, working together with the infoDev webmaster,  will also work to
>establish a Virtual Curriculum Managers Network, to link together curriculum
>managers (involved in wireless communications and IP network technologies)
>into
>an electronic virtual network to share knowledge and best practice in the
>development and deployment of such curricula.
>
>
>Output from this Phase I will consist of:
>
>
>(i)  both a generic and a customized curriculum focused on communications and
>    IP-based networks technologies,
>
>
>(ii) both generic and customized specific course content, including materials,
>    lecture notes, texts, reading lists, syllabi, etc., and
>
>
>(iii) the initial activities related to the Virtual Curriculum Managers
>    Network, to include selecting the material for the webpage, developing a
>    listserve of curriculum manager, etc.
>
>
>Phase II: Dissemination and Awareness - Building on the work of Phase I, two
>shorter-term Fellowships (approximately two months in residence) will be made
>available to selected university curricula managers from emerging economies.
>Similar to Phase I, the Phase II Visiting Scholars will work with MU to adapt
>and customize the generic curriculum from Phase I.  When they return to their
>country, they will test the customized material and
>curriculum in the classroom.
>
>infoDev and MU will make the newly developed generic
>curriculum from Phase I widely available through the
>Internet.  The Visiting Scholars website, to be created and
>maintained by the Visiting Scholar and infoDev, will reside
>on the infoDev website.  The infoDev Webmasters will
>provide assistance in making the content available widely
>on the Internet.  Curriculum and course materials also will
>be distributed by infoDev through the infoDev Symposium,
>annual meetings, conferences, etc.  The Phase II Scholars
>will also be responsible for advancing the Virtual
>Curriculum Managers Network.

Phase II should produce:

(i)  customized curricula focused on communications and IP-
based networks    technologies for the Phase II Visiting
Scholars' home country universities,

(ii) customized course content including materials, lecture
notes, texts,    reading lists, syllabi, etc., and

(iii) an Internet web presence and updated content to
advance the Virtual    Curriculum Managers Network,
available to curriculum managers for training of
engineers worldwide.

Stipends

PHASE I:  The monthly stipend will be $5,000, providing a
total stipend of $20,000 for the four months residence of
the Visiting Scholar.  Economy roundtrip airfare and
insurance for the time of the fellowship will also be
covered.  Modest additional funds will be available for
training outside MU, and for travel connected with the
Visiting Scholarship.  Office space, equipment, etc. will
be provided by MU while the Scholar is in residence.

PHASE II:  The monthly stipend for each scholar will be
$5,000 providing a total stipend of $10,000 for the two
months per Visiting Scholar.  Economy roundtrip airfare and
insurance will be covered.  Office space, equipment, etc.
will be provided by MU while the Scholar is in residence.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select the scholars
from among the applicants:

 Ability of the candidate to develop a strong, generic
curriculum focused on communications technologies and
Internet Protocol-based (IP-based) networks, and to modify
such a curriculum to meet the needs of their university and
country. Qualifications will include teaching and
curriculum development experience as well as expertise in
the technology;

 Commitment of the candidate?s home institution to adopt
and utilize an improved curriculum (demonstrated in letters
of support, willingness to equip facilities for students,
etc.);

 Improvement in training of students in the candidate?s
institution likely to result from the improved curriculum
(innovation, critique of the current curriculum, etc.);

 Need (priority will be given to universities in low-
income countries, or to universities that face special
difficulties funding foreign training for staff.)

 Importance of the training to be provided via the new
curriculum to social and economic development in the
candidate?s country and region (numbers of students likely
to be trained, rank and importance of the institution in
preparing engineers and technical staff for his/her
country, likely career paths of graduates, rate of
introduction of wireless technology, etc.).


Qualifications

There is only one application process for both Phases of
the Program.

Candidates must have responsibility for development and
maintenance of an education curriculum in a technical or
engineering university or other accredited training and
education institute in an emerging-economy country.  The
Candidates also must have authority to modify and put into
practice a new education curriculum. In addition, the
Candidate must be available to manage the Virtual
Curriculum Managers Network during the Fellowship.
Candidates must have strong English language skills.  Phase
I Scholars must be available to live in residence in
Schaumburg for a period of four months, starting after
early July 2000.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita and a typed
Statement of Purpose, (500-700 words).The Statement of
Purpose will describe the applicants:

(i)  aims in creating an communications and IP-network
based curriculum for    their home country's university,

(ii) why they feel that participation in the Visiting
Scholars Fellowship    Program will help them achieve these
objectives, and

(iii) what the applicant feels they can contribute to the
Visiting Scholars    Fellowship Program.

The applicant should include letters of support from their
home university, and web sites or other materials that
describe the university and its curriculum. he applicant
should also arrange that three reference letters be sent to
infoDev from individuals who can testify to the applicants
professional qualifications, institutional role in the
university, and likelihood to succeed in the
creation/reform of the curriculum.

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2000.

Please send the completed application form via email to
[log in to unmask]

Alternatively, you mail send it via regular mail on
diskette to:

Information for Development Program (infoDev) Attn:
Visiting Scholars Fellowship The World Bank F5P-156 1818 H
Street NW Washington, DC 20433 USA

Candidate Selection Process

The applications will be distributed to a panel of three
reviewers: one representative from infoDev, one
representative from Motorola, and one independent reviewer.
  The three top-rated candidates for the Visiting Scholars
Fellowship Program will be contacted for phone interviews.
Each candidate will receive votes based the ranking given
by the panel member: the top candidate receives three
points, 2nd candidate receives two points, and 3rd
candidate receives one point.  The candidate receiving the
most points will be offered the Phases I Visiting Scholar
Fellowship.  The 2nd and 3rd candidates will be offered the
two Phase II Visiting Scholar Fellowships.  It is expected
that candidates will be notified of Fellowship awards by
the end of June (see calendar below).

If, after this process, three suitable candidates have not
been identified, a new call for applications may be issued.


Resources

Curriculum design and course content will be made available
by MU, including course materials, lecture notes, texts,
reading lists, syllabi, etc.  Some of this material
contains intellectual property that is confidential and
will not be available for further distribution; any such
limitations on a specific document will be specified by
Motorola to the Scholar.  It is planned that an infoDev
representative and a MU staff member will visit Scholars
after the training to review progress in the curriculum
development/reform and to learn ways of continuing and
expanding the Program.


Guest Lecturing

In cooperation with several local universities in the
Chicago area, Visiting Scholars may be able to offer guest
teaching assignments to enhance the Scholarship Program.
Universities that Motorola has relationships with include:
(i) Roosevelt University, School of Science and Technology,
(ii) Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, and (iii) University
of Illinois's (Chicago) Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science.

The Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program for Wireless
Communications Curriculum Development

Tentative Timetable

April 12: infoDev officially announces the Motorola
Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program. Applications to the
Program being accepted by infoDev.

May 31: Deadline for Applications to the Program (6:00 PM
EST).

June 16: Completion of preliminary round of evaluations by
the Selection Committee. Start of the phone interview stage
of evaluation process.

June 23: Completion of final round of evaluations by the
Selection Committee. Award letters issued jointly by
infoDev and Motorola.

July 1: Deadline for acceptance for Visiting Scholar
Program.

After July 1: Phase I of the Visiting Scholars Fellowship
Program will commence.

Phase II will commence immediately after the close of Phase
I.

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  Patrick O'Beirne B.Sc. M.A. FICS. IT Systems Consultant
  http://www.sysmod.com/ Tel: +353 (0)55 22294   Fax: 055 22297
  Systems Modelling Ltd, Tara Hill, Gorey, Co. Wexford, IRELAND

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