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 Global Collaborations
 Chairperson : Jacqueline Brown
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 Expected Number of Participants : 40-50
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1. Connecting Emerging NRENs for Mobilizing Knowledge in Asia and the Pacific - Masami Nakata, UNESCO   Slides Download Here
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UNESCO has a vital role in helping to strengthen national science and technology capacities and create an enabling environment by developing and promoting access to scientific knowledge and technological research and innovations. In fulfilling this vital role, UNESCO with its science mandate, has set an overarching objective for its Science Programme for 2008-2013 "Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development." UNESCO also put strong emphasis on South - South and North-South-South cooperation and encourage Member States to share expertise and experiences between countries.

In this context, UNESCO Jakarta together with INHERENT, MYREN, PREGINET, ThaiREN, CanalAVIST and SOI (School on Internet Asia) have created ONNECT-Asia (Collaboration for Network-eNabled Education, Culture, science and Technology) to broaden and enhance people's access to knowledge and information, share expertise and experience, improve connectivity among educators and researchers, open up national/regional education and research communities to the international arena, through ICT-mediated educational systems.

CONNECT-Asia has already provided various S&T courses and assisted research collaborations. UNESCO provide course contents, coordinate activities, and advocate among academic communities that the use of NRENs enables effective Research and Education. This talk will inform you how UNESCO collaborate with advanced networks for quality improvement in higher education in Asia and the Pacific, and also the recent activity with CONNECT-Asia in East Timor.

2. Update on the U.S. International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Program: Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region - David Lassner, University of Hawaii   Slides Download Here
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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Program is the major U.S. government program for support of international R&E networking. During Spring 2010 the NSF announced a new round of multi-year IRNC awardees. This session will provide an overview of the projects funded with a focus on activities that may involve the Asia-Pacific region.

3. Pacific Wave: Introduction and Update - Celeste Anderson   Slides Download Here

4. SERENE: South-South Exchange of Research & Education Network Experience. - Nimal Ratnayake, LEARN   Slide Download Here
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SERENE is a program of multi-country exchanges between South Asian and other countries through a blend of video-conferences, on-line discussions and face-to-face interactions.

The SERENE program is specifically aimed at helping the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal to develop a policy and strategy for establishing their own respective Research and Education Network. The exchanges will draw on the experiences of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as well as of individual experts worldwide.

SERENE is an action-learning program of virtual dialogues, visits, and two workshops for ministry and university management staff and network managers.

The objective of the program is to assist the participants in producing guidelines to country policy plans for building national research and education networks (NRENs) in their own countries and to encourage cooperation and collaboration among South Asian NRENs.

5. Teaching without border, borderless teaching. - Yves Poppe, Tata Communications   Slides Download Here
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The advent of National Research and Education Networks connecting at ever increasing speeds has moved remote collaboration and tele teaching to mainstream, thanks to the telepresence feeling given by high resolution viewing and high quality audio. We will briefly examine the impact of recently established iGateways between telepresence centres in the R&E Network World and in the Commercial realm that adds a further dimension to borderless teaching and collaboration.

6. Creating a Global Community: Knowledge Given, Knowledge Gained. - Louis Fox, Duke University and Internet2   Slides Download Here
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As Duke University extends its reach as a global "campus," long-standing assumptions about academic "community" and physical presence are evolving. From Durham to New Delhi, Singapore to St. Petersburg, the combination of infrastructure technologies with existing and emerging collaboration tools—telepresence, video podcasting, blogs, LMS—are central to supporting a global campus strategy. These technologies will help to facilitate the growth and coherence of our community by extending educational opportunities across distances and cultures. Fundamental to this work is the engagement with NRENs around the world. This talk will focus on the global campus and both the pleasures and complexities of working within an ecosystem of international NRENs.

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