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AFRIK-IT  April 1997

AFRIK-IT April 1997

Subject:

ESS Telecom 97

From:

Nemo Semret <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Wed, 23 Apr 1997 19:59:49 -0400

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ESS Telecom97
Distance Learning - A Bridge to the Future

Conference on July 1, 1997 - World Bank, Washington DC, USA

This is to invite you to present a paper at the 'ESS Telecom 97'
conference on Distance Learning organized by the Ethiopian Scientific
Society(ESS).

It will be held on July 1st, 1997 at the World Bank, in Washington DC, USA.

The Conference topics are mentioned below. The managers/editors of
each topic/subject are also mentioned below.

NOTE: Deadline for paper submission is June 6th, 1997!!!!

We invite everyone to attend and participate in the discussion on a
subject of prime importance for all Sub-saharan countries and
particularly Ethiopia.

Details about the program and the exact address will be announced soon.

After its successful conference entitled "Ethiopian telecommunications
in the Information Age"(Proceedings are the ESS Homepage) the ESS is
now set to tackle the new and exciting issue of Distance Learning
using modern telecommunications technology. Other topics like the
development of telecommunications and information technology in
Sub-saharan Africa and particularly in Ethiopia, privatization and
pricing will be revisited.

TOPICS:

1. Distance learning - Designing the Ethiopian Virtual University(EVU)
(Nemo Semret- editor. He can be reached at [log in to unmask])

- Technical, financial, regulatory and social issues;
- cost/benefit analysis;
- Lessons learned at the African Virtual University Conference in
Addis Ababa in Feb 1997;
- review of virtual universities elsewhere; experiences; failures, successes;
- Possible links of the EVU to existing virtual, educational
consortiums(i.e International Universities Consortium);
- Curriculum development; review of existing curriculum;
- Role of the private sector in the development of the EVU


2. Funding sources for distance learning projects- an inventory
(M. Mulatu, Dr. Tarekegn G/Yesus-editors. They can be reached at
[log in to unmask] )

- The Leland Intiative at the US state Dept, USAID, the American
Association for the Advancement of Science's sub-sahara program, the
World Bank and many other parties have embarked on major, mutli-year
projects to fund distance learning in Africa. What are their scopes?
Who is funding what?
- Where would an Ethiopian entrepreneur, a faculty member at Addis
Ababa University, or anyone else get equal access to funding for
his/her project on distance learning?
- Can an inventory be compiled to make it available to every
Ethiopian?
- How are Ethiopia and Ethiopians to benefit optimally from these
programs?

3- Telecommunications, Information technology and development
-------------------------------------------------------------
(Grum Ketema-editor. He can be reached at [log in to unmask] )

- Managing the development of telecommunications in Ethiopia;
- Privatization and pricing issues;
- Development of a viable computer hardware and software industry

4- Technology update as it relates to telecommunications and
networking in Africa.
--------------------------------------------------------------
(Ermias Teferra-editor. He can be reached at [log in to unmask])

-Advances in communications technology;
-Advances in teleconferencing;
-use of scientific equipments at a distance via the Internet

Conference room will accomodate 80 people. Prior registration will be
required and will be on a first come first serve basis. To register
send e-mail to [log in to unmask](Please mention ESS Telecom 97 in the
subject field of your mail)

Best regards,

ESS Internet committee

PS: Acceptance of papers will be made based on quality and relevance
to the topics to be discussed.  Papers will need to be submitted by
June 6, 1997.

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