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ESS Telecom 97
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.
The conference topics and editors are detailed below.
After its successful conference entitled Ethiopian telecommunications in the
Information Age, 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.
* May 30th, 1997: short abstract or letter of intention to submit
* June 6th, 1997: paper due
* July 1st: conference in Washington DC.
Papers in plain text (ASCII), or HTML formats should be submitted by e-mail
to the editor of the appropriate topic. In order to facilitate publication
of the proceedings on the WWW, HTML format submissions are prefered.
1. Distance learning - Designing the Ethiopian Virtual University(EVU)
Editor: Nemo Semret, [log in to unmask]
o Technical, financial, regulatory and social issues;
o project proposals, reviews, reports;
o cost/benefit analysis;
o Lessons learned at the African Virtual University Conference in
Addis Ababa in Feb 1997;
o review of virtual universities elsewhere; experiences; failures,
o Possible links of the EVU to existing virtual, educational
consortiums(i.e International Universities Consortium);
o Curriculum development; review of existing curriculum;
o Role of the private sector in the development of the EVU
2. Funding sources for distance learning projects - an inventory
Editors: Meskerem Mulatu, Dr. Tarekegn G/Yesus, [log in to unmask]
o 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?
o 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?
o Can an inventory be compiled to make it available to every
o How are Ethiopia and Ethiopians to benefit optimally from these
3. Telecommunications, Information technology and development
Editor: Grum Ketema, [log in to unmask]
o Managing the development of telecommunications in Ethiopia;
o Privatization and pricing issues;
o Development of a viable computer hardware and software industry
4. Technology update as it relates to telecommunications and networking in
Editor: Ermias Teferra, [log in to unmask]
o Advances in communications technology;
o Advances in teleconferencing;
o use of scientific equipments at a distance via the Internet
We also invite everyone to attend and participate in the discussion on a
subject of prime importance for all Sub-saharan countries and particularly
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] (Subject: ESS Telecom 97).
ESS Internet committee