Mr. Yasuyuki Aoshima
Director – UNESCO Office Beijing
Office of the Representative to DPR Korea, Japan, Mongolia, PR of China and Republic of Korea
It is my great pleasure to convey our sincere congratulations on the opening of the Serial of International Training Workshops 2005 in Open and Distance Learning. I would like to express my gratitude to Shanghai TV University for organizing and hosting this Serial, in close cooperation with the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and the Chinese Modern Distance Education Association of Higher Education.
Shanghai TV University is one of the most active institutions in China to promote and practice the ODL concept in the Asian and Pacific region. A number of events successfully carried out by the University serve as testaments to our solid and long-term partnership. To name few, I would mention the UNESCO Chair in Open and Distance Learning established in 1997, UNESCO’s active involvement in the 2003 World Summit of Mega Universities hosted by the University and the current preparation of the “Case Studies of Quality Curriculum Design and Development in Selected Subject Areas in ODL”.
The Shanghai TV University and the Chair did a great job in assembling brilliant speakers and identifying pertinent Open and Distance Learning topics, all of which will allow the workshop participants to place innovative cutting-edge concepts in their respective national and regional contexts.
Even though the state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies will be in the center of presentations, it would be important to look at them from the point of view of an education delivery system that is accessible, appropriate and affordable in remote and disadvantaged areas. I also believe that addressing education equity, quality and access in countries concerned should constitute an integral part of the UN system-wide effort to mainstream major marginalized and vulnerable groups: girls and women, minorities, migrants and people with disabilities.
I would like to take this opportunity to particularly congratulate Shanghai Television University on the hosting of this training workshop as the element of serial of UNESCO Chair activities. I wish this training workshop would serve as the platform to further enable participants to advance their knowledge of current developments and assist them in planning of ODL curriculum and courseware in the future.
Thank you for your attention.