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September 2006

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Digital library for rural Thai village
International Datacasting Corp’s SuperFlex DVB satellite datacasting system and Datacast XD content distribution and management software played a key role in the launch of Sat- Ed’s “Room for Life” e-learning centre  in the tiny village of Baan Nong Pai in rural Sakhon Nakorn, Northeast  Thailand. The “Room for Life” provides email, e-commerce, video conferencing and an educational video-on-demand digital library to the residents and students of this remote area. IDC provided Sat-Ed’s Learning Centres  with a state-of-the-art digital library system that offered access to  television-based educational material, as well as multimedia content on PCs,  via video-on-demand and playout from web servers.
Philippines Govt, ADB to fund project for info sharing
The Philippines government and the Asian Development Bank have signed a grant agreement to fund the development of information and  communication technologies (ICTs) that will facilitate information sharing  and exchange among the civil  servants in Philippines. The USD500,000 grant will be funded by the Government of Japan through the ADB-administered Japan Fund for  Information and Communication Technology (JFICT), while the  government will contribute an additional USD250,000. The project will be used to  odernise the country’s ICT to improve the  government’s resource development, structures, systems and processes. The project will initially target thirdlevel  executives and will develop and operate a shared database, web portal and online products that include a system of learning and skills  application modules for management concepts, tools and data commonly  used by  hird-level executives.

World Bank pilots
Elluminate Live! Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of live eLearning and web  ollaboration ‘ICT market to grow less than 5 percent in 2006; IDC The    Taiwan market for information and communications technology  (ICT)  hardware, software and services will see growth of less than  5 percent in 2006, according to a  report released by the International Data Corp. (IDC). While Taiwan’s business application software and business intelligence  products posted total sales of US$71  million and US$10.8 million, respectively, in 2005, the market for  these products is expected to expand slightly by 1.1 percent in 2006.  Educational institutions were the major clients of the personal  computer market in 2005 and the government’s measures to stimulate domestic demand also helped  encourage businesses to replace and upgrade their computer systems, according to the report. Sales of  notebook computers were boosted by promotional packages offered by  manufacturers such as Acer, Asus and HP in 2005, with the shipments  of notebook computers 30 percent higher than that of personal  computers in the third quarter of 2005, according to the report   solutions for the real-time organisation in Canada, announced that the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), a worldwide partnership of independent learning centers established by the World Bank, will use Elluminate Live! Academic Edition on an experimental  basis for training and collaboration among GDLN Affiliates in selected  countries around the world. By applying distance learning tools and  services, GDLN Affiliates enable organisations, teams, and individuals  around the world to communicate, share knowledge, and learn from each other’s experiences.  The GDLN will start using Elluminate Live! to train over 100 affiliates  located in 80 countries worldwide on its new Activity Management System,  an application used to schedule and coordinate knowledge sharing and learning activities across the network.

Pakistan to have 10 new universities
Ten federal universities will be established across Pakistan during the year 2006-07. Two universities of engineering,  sciences and technology, will be established at Lahore in collaboration with Austria and Germany. Two universities of engineering, sciences and technology, will be established in Karachi with the collaboration of France and China. There were 10  federal government universitiesseven in Islamabad and one each in  Karachi, Gilgit, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Virtual University of  Pakistan at Lahore is still in development phase and no separate recurring funds are being provided.

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