ICT Utilization for Science & Engineering Education
EST continue expanding its e-learning programme for ‘Mobilising Scientific and Technological Knowledge in Asia and the Pacific through Information and Communication Technologies’ and broadening its reach to new audiences, including policymakers and NGOs.
In addition, the programme was given a new role: to facilitate the exchange of Asian experts and expertise through the e-learning platform. Since EST’s launch of the e-learning programme in 2007, in collaboration with the School on Internet Asia Project (SOI) and the Indonesian Higher Education and Research Network (INHERENT), the network for the programme has expanded significantly. After establishing formal partnerships with SOI and INHERENT, collaborations began with the Malaysia Research and Education Network (MYREN), the Philippines Research Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), CanalAVIST, Thai University Network (UniNET) and Trans Eurasian Information Network (TEIN). These networks have very powerful technical infrastructure and expertise, allowing UNESCO to reach a large audience over a wide geographic area in Asia.
UNESCO created the CONNECT-Asia (Collaboration for Network-eNabled Education, Culture, Technology and science) initiative together with the networks above.
This partnership has enabled us to mobilize high-level expertise in a broad range of science areas. In addition to ITC networks, CONNECT-Asia also involves ASEAN COST, SEAMOLEC and the UNESCO Office, Bangkok. (www.connect-asia.org).
CONNECT-Asia work to create an effective and flexible mechanism for using ICT-mediated educational systems and network-enabled teaching and learning methods. This is aimed at broadening and enhancing people’s access to knowledge and information, sharing expertise and experience, improving connectivity among educators and researchers, opening up national/regional education and research communities to the international arena, and further developing human resources. CONNECT, as a group of national, sub-regional, and regional ICT networks, actively contributes to the improvement of education and research in Asia and the Pacific.