The World Bank Institute launched an “e-Institute” in July 2011 which is designed to support self-motivated learners to get up to speed on the latest development trends, enhance their skill-sets, and share knowledge through on-line learning communities.
New courses on cross-cutting themes will featured regularly in addition to monthly webinars and other free resources.
The Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) collaborated with the World Bank East Asia and Pacific regional external affairs team last week to launch a new regional flagship report of the World Bank, titled “Putting Higher Education to Work: Skills and Research for Growth in East Asia” on October 13, 2011.
The launch program included local and regional press conferences and a regional seminar with Jim Adams, Vice President of the World Bank East Asia Pacific Region and the two authors of the report attending from Tokyo. Key discussants were Kiyoshi Kodera (JICA), Annie Koh (Singapore Management University) and Ediberto de Jesus (Asian Institute of Management)…
Committed to its mission to contribute to development and to play a role in the alleviation of poverty, TDLC strives to help disseminate Japanese knowledge and expertise abroad. Offering videoconferencing services, course design and coordination, multimedia and technical hub capabilities, TDLC has been playing a role as a bridge between Japan and developing countries.
From our ongoing programs, here is an introduction on a key partner since 2005, the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, or FASID.
Hitotsubashi University’s Third Annual Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) Alumni Seminar was held on June 17, 2008 connecting the TDLC with Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta and Manila. These “virtual” gatherings offer an opportunity for alumni, spread out across the region, to strengthen ties and discuss current public policy issues.
Youths from Africa and Asia “gathered” via GDLN
videoconference on May 26, 2008 to share knowledge and exchange views on achieving a vibrant Africa.
On the occasion of TICAD IV (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), the session was organized by the TDLC, World Bank Tokyo Office and UNICEF to provide a platform for future leaders to voice their opinions.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour made a special appearance at the TDLC and pushed the younger generation to take an active role in the decision making process.
View the session webcast (archive).
In a training course developed by the TDLC, teachers and instructors across Asia sat in a virtual classroom to learn how ICTs can be incorporated to enhance multicultural education. Designed to accompany Kids Initiative, a program that enables school children to conduct exchanges with counterparts in other countries through GDLN videoconference, teachers across borders showed a strong interest in new methods of education to prepare children to meet the challenges of globalization.
The “Africa Asia NGO Network Workshop in Tokyo”, sponsored by JICA and organized by the TICAD Civil Society Forum, conducted its closing session on October 26, 2007 via videoconference connecting from the TDLC with 6 African countries to share the results of the 2-day workshop.
School children in Bangkok made their “debut” on screen in Japan during a Kids Initiative videoconference session held on July 17, 2007 acting out a skit explaining why many Thai people wear yellow. Counterparts in Japan responded with a presentation on school life in Tokyo. Kids Initiative is a World Bank TDLC program which utilizes videoconference and other communication technologies to promote multi-cultural exchanges between children to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.
Hitotsubashi University’s Asian Public Policy Program (APPP) held its second “reunion” via the GDLN on June 28, 2007. Professor Hisanobu Shishido moderated from the TDLC connecting to alumni in Beijing, Manila, Hanoi and Jakarta. Over thirty attended the seminar in Tokyo, including students currently enrolled in the program.
Young people active in development issues had their voices heard on April 19, 2007 participating in the first session of a GDLN distance learning seminar “An Inter-Regional Knowledge Sharing Series on the 2007 World Development Report (WDR)”
Participants in this year’s Nissan Leadership Program for Innovative Engineers (Nissan LPIE) had an opportunity to present their findings via videoconference on February 24, 2007. The TDLC has been collaborating with the Program to provide GDLN services to organize VC sessions enabling cross-regional discussions between participants and distinguished leaders in business and society.