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October 2008

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PTCL, CISCO, and NUST to establish ‘Centre of Excellence’ for Internet Technologies

The National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), has entered into a tie-up with PTCL and CISCO to set up a Centre of Excellence for Internet Technologies at NUST SEECS, Islamabad.

The state-of-the-art Centre, a brainchild of Walid Irshad, President and CEO, PTCL, is an effort to improve the quality of IT education in Pakistan. The human resources that will be developed at the Center will be able to export their skills and expertise to the region and beyond, spurring growth in the Pakistani IT sector. NUST would also be expanding its research activity through the Technology Incubation Center that will be operational soon at NUST’s H-12 campus.

Compulsory IT study in Bangladesh School Exams

The Bangladesh government will make computer and information technology a compulsory subject for classes 9 to 12 in a move to spread computer education in the country. Apart rom this, there is also a move to make the current course books easy and attractive to students.

At a meeting presided over by Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, stress was placed on the need for formulating an easy and attractive curriculum on computer education. The issue of providing educational institutions with computers and appointing technicians to facilitate computer education across the country was also discussed. Only 4.5% students are currently studying computer science at secondary and senior secondary levels in the country, as it is not a compulsory subject.

UNESCO develops community multimedia centre for education in Indonesia

For promotion of technology as a community tool, UNESCO has developed a series of training courses for managers of the Community Multimedia Education Centre (CMEC), Jayagiri, Bandung, Indonesia. Currently on, the courses will continue till October end.

Organised by P2PNFI Jayagiri – a government institution under Directorate General of Non-Formal Education and Youth of Indonesia National Education Department, in cooperation with UNESCO, the training courses focus on the development of community radio and the use of technology as an education tool. Feedback from a training course on producing education radio programmes in August had revealed a high demand for such training course. The two courses will be on website development for information management and managerial skills for CMEC managers.

VN $1,000 for scientific research in international journals Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan has said that the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) will give VN $1,000 for every scientific research work published in international journals. The announcement was  made during his visit to Hanoi National University.

During the ministerial visit, University Director Mai Trong Nhuan said the University of Natural Sciences has made lot of achievements in scientific research. In the last few years, scientists have published 110 scientific researches in international magazines. In the current year, the university will conduct scientific research activities costing an estimated VN$ 25billion. The figure is expected to be VN $30millon next year.

China Education Resources announce Education Services Portal Plan

China Education Resources Inc. announced its Education Services Portal (ESP) Commercialisation Plan. The ESP is a subscription-based service, which is designed to support K-12 schools in China with content, education services (i.e. tutoring, testing, etc.), networking and administration support services for the 21st century.

The CER has spent the last five years preparing a comprehensive family of education web portals based on its popular CERSP portal hub. The company identified eight strategic objectives for its ESP business to succeed, of which five have already been accomplished. The company believes these accomplishments have positioned the company as a market leader in China’s K-12 online education content and service.

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