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TDLC Report on general meeting 2009, Mongolia: Wrap

July 2009

As the week-long general meeting neared its close on Day 4, TDLC staff on the ground in Ulaanbaatar confirmed another bright and early start at the World Bank Mongolia Office, a brisk 10-minute walk from their hotel.

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TDLC Report from general meeting 2009, Mongolia: Day 3

July 2009

Day 3 focused on the integration of South Asia and GDLN Asia Pacific, discussing opportunities and constraints to enhance collaboration between their programs and operations.

The meeting was opened by Markus Palenbarg, Institute for Development Strategy, with an introduction of GDLN Asia Pacific by Maree Tait, Australian National University, and Nishantha Kamaladasa, Sri Lanka Distance Learning Center. 

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TDLC Report from general meeting 2009, Mongolia: Day 2

July 2009

Day 2 of the general meeting got underway with a review of current programs run jointly with partners of GDLN Asia Pacific. A presentation was made by Melody Wang, Shanghai DLC on AFDC Economic Crisis Series and Eiko Wataya,TDLC on Asian Productivity Organization GDLN Based Distance Learning Course Series. This was followed with a presentation on South Asia Programs by Micheal Foley, WB, explaining the history of the SA region. Sri Lanka DLC was the first DLC established in SA, and followed by Afghanistan DLC. Nishantha Kamaladasa gave a presentation on the South Asia region.  He emphasized the importance of program evaluation. 

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TDLC Hub Presentation – from Ulaanbaatar and Tokyo

July 2009

July 1, 2009, Tokyo- On Tuesday afternoon, Tokyo connected the Ulaanbaatar general meeting with Jakarta who cascaded on to Bali for a TDLC hub presentation.

TDLC Manager Ryu Fukui, seen and heard here in Tokyo on a screen by live connection, began the presentation from sunny Ulaanbaatar. He described the concept of the operation as a regional hub – a central function providing technical support for the Asia Pacific region. “TDLC is aiming to become the preeminent platform in the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world. “

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TDLC Report from general meeting 2009, Mongolia: Day 1

July 2009

June 30, 2009, Tokyo—Tokyo Development Learning Center representatives are attending a Global Development Learning Network general meeting which opened Monday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to discuss how the region could boost its knowledge exchange and capacity building through the Global Development Learning Network.

The five-day meeting (June 29-July 3), hosted by the World Bank Mongolia Office and Mongolia Distance Learning Center, brings together over 40 representatives from across South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, to exchange the latest information on knowledge-sharing strategy and updates on ongoing programs.

Reporting from Ulaanbaatar is Tokyo Distance Learning Center Assistant Coordinator Terumi Hayashi, who’s been on the ground helping out with preparations since last week.

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Introducing GDLN AP Headquarters

June 2008

imageFrom left to right: Ms. Montira Narkvichien, Business Development Manager, GDLN AP; Dr. Pimrumpai Premsmit, Director, Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University; Mr. Arist Caruana, Senior Resource Management Analyst, World Bank; and Ms. Ivia Martinez, Coordinator, GDLN AP and Mr. Colin Lonergan, East Asia and Pacific GDLN Coordinator, World Bank.

In 2006 the GDLN distance learning centers (DLCs) of the East Asia and Pacific region came together as the GDLN Asia Pacific Association (GDLN AP).  The primary aim of the GDLN AP is to nurture a thriving, self-sustaining network that is recognized for its impact on regional development, through: business development, raising of finance, services to DLCs that enhance the overall efficiency and services of the network, governance, and continued innovation.

GDLN AP’s newly outfitted headquarters are located at the Center for Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.  This was made possible by a strategic knowledge partnership between the Chulalongkorn University, the World Bank and the members of the East Asia and Pacific GDLN.  The headquarters will coordinate management processes and structures across the network with the aim of enhancing quality, capacity, volumes of business and thereby, development impact. 

GDLN AP’s headquarters welcomes its members, partners and the general public to visit our offices and learn more about how the network enables innovative knowledge sharing and dissemination for development.

The GDLN AP wishes to thank the President of the Chulalongkorn University and Dr. Pimrumpai Premsmit, Director of the Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, for their leadership and support of our network and its headquarters. 

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Dengue Fever Program Gets Top News Billing @ www.balidiscovery.com

October 2007

imageA national learning program on dengue fever to begin in October was featured in an announcement on the Bali Discovery Tours website. In partnership with the World Bank, UNICEF/ENDP/WHO and Welcome Trust, the program will be launched simultaneously via the GDLN in Jakarta, Makassar, Bandung, and Denpasar on October 29, 2007.

Please take a look at the article on the Bali Discovery Tours website.

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GDLN AP Business Meeting

CHONGQING, CHINA November 6-8, 2007

October 2007

The GDLN AP Annual Business Meeting was held in Chongqing, China from November 6-8, 2007 hosted by Chongqing Distance Learning Center and Chongqing Technology and Business University. For more information, see the Business Meetings page.

 

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DLC On-line Survey

High Interest in Education, Governance Programs, Structured Courses

June 2007

On the occasion of the First GDLN AP General Meeting, a survey was conducted to help us better understand our DLC community.

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University of Southern Queensland and GDLN Asia Pacific Sign Partnership Agreement

Collaboration on Programs and New Knowledge Initiatives to Enhance Regional Network

March 2007

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and the Asia Pacific Global Development Learning Network, through the TDLC, have signed a Partnership Agreement in March 2007 to undertake a range of collaborative programs. This partnership will contribute to enhance education, learning and development efforts in the region as well as the capacity building of GDLN Asia Pacific.

Envisioned are the joint development and delivery of a blended learning GDLN program which meets regional development needs; the review of options for using university research infrastructure as the basis for a regional “GDLN Knowledge Bank”; the exploration of ICE, an open source content management system developed by USQ for use within the GDLN.

USQ is a world leader in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. It has a large number of students from the region studying on campus or through distance learning, and is dedicated to regional development through education.

USQ-WBAgreement.pdf

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Inaugural Pacific Knowledge Forum

Regional Leaders in Development Gather to Discuss South Pacific-wide network

February 2007

In April 2004 Pacific Leaders adopted a vision for the Pacific: “to seek partnerships with our neighbors and beyond to develop our knowledge, to improve our communications and ensure a sustained economic existence for all.”

Building on this vision, the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the World Bank convened the inaugural Pacific Knowledge Forum on February 27, 2007 to discuss the development of a South Pacific region wide communications, knowledge and learning network.

Senior government officials, donor agency staff, and representatives from regional agencies and universities gathered in Australia to explore options for upgrading USP Net and integrating it into the GDLN. The Forum became the setting for animated, high-level discussions about improving connectivity across the Pacific. Participants agreed that USP would establish an Advisory Group and undertake a full appraisal of the proposed upgrade.

USP aims to establish Knowledge Development Centers in all campuses of its twelve member countries. These centers would be connected to each other, and to similar facilities around the world, via satellite and optical fiber. They would be a point of access to a knowledge network and create an environment where Pacific Islanders, regional organizations, development partners and academic institutions could jointly develop, share and apply development related knowledge. Development of an enhanced USP communications network would not only facilitate better access to education and training opportunities for Pacific Islanders but could make a major contribution to development outcomes in the region.

The success of regional and national knowledge networks is well proven with fifteen sites now operating successfully in the western region of China, five operating in Indonesia and a second center soon to open in Vietnam.

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Technology Discussion for DLC Staff Begins

Monthly Videoconference Series

February 2007

The first in a monthly series of “Technology Discussion Video conferences for GDLN Asia Pacific DLC Technical Staff” was launched February 6, 2007.

Designed as a follow-up to the discussions begun at the GDLN AP regional training workshop in Canberra last December, the two hour informal video conference was facilitated by Drew Stewart, GDLN Interactive Producer currently on extended assignment with the Tokyo Development Learning Center to introduce staff to the structure and purpose of the Discussion VC series.

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Training Program Conducted by GDLN AP and TDLC

New Staff Members Gather at ANU for Knowledge Sharing on DLC Operations

December 2006

Reflecting the dynamic character of the region, GDLN AP Distance Learning Centers (DLCs) have continued to expand since 2000, adding new Centers, staff and activities. To maximize the effectiveness of this growing network, a training program was held by GDLN AP and the TDLC from December 5 – 8, 2006 at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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Announcing “GDLN Asia Pacific” – the New Association of Asia Pacific Global Development Learning Net

Innovative Regional Initiatives are Underway for Greater Development Impact

December 2006

Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Centers in the Asia Pacific region have inaugurated a new association, GDLN AP, to provide a unified approach to better coordinate regional programs and services.

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