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Virtual universities and transnational education
Policy issues - What are they? And whose are they?
Week 1 – Background note
Week 2 – Background note
Week 3 – Background note
Week 4 – Background note
Forum report
Virtual universities and transnational education
Policy issues - What are they? And whose are they?
19 January - 20 February 2004

The first of IIEP's series of Internet discussion forums on key information and communication technology issues for higher education took place over four weeks in early 2004 and brought together 400 individuals from 80 countries.

The forum was based directly on the web publication. The specific objective was to reflect upon the policy environment needed to support the efficient development and operation of virtual universities offering high quality education – and who should be responsible for the development of such policies.

The forum was organized in week-long sessions. During each of the first four weeks, the author of one of four case studies discussed the policy issues and concerns, related to the specific case and institutional model that the case represented:

Syed Othman Alhabshi – President of UNITAR – a newly created institution;
Juan Carlos Del Bello – previous Executive Director of the Universidad Virtual de Quilmes – an evolution of a traditional university
Dominique Abrioux – President of Athabasca University – an evolution of an open university;
Henri Ott – Deputy Director of Atlantech and responsible for the Université virtuelle en Pays de la Loire – a consortium.

Each of their background notes is available from this page.

During the final week, participants set out their own analysis of the policy issues. This fed into a draft framework for policy development, which is available as part of the final report.

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