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Specialist Advisor, IT Policy Group
Ministry of Economic Development, PO Box 1473, Wellington, NZ
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From: Bruce W. McConnell [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, 21 April 2000 07:40
Subject: Wireless Internet Training Program Development
Dear National IT Focal Points,
Below I am sending you an announcement from the World Bank announcing
paid fellowships to enhance developing country training programs in
internet technology at the university level. The program is being
by Motorola to help address the worldwide shortage of knowledgable
The selected applicants would spend four to six months in the United
developing a training curriculum and materials to be used in their home
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2000. Please send the
of this opportunity to those who might be interested in participating.
Bruce W. McConnell
Facilitator, Information Technology Coordination List
for the United Nations Working Group on Informatics
1341 G Street, NW - Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
REQUEST FOR APPLICATION
THE VISITING SCHOLARS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
infoDev and Motorola University (MU) are pleased to announce that they are
accepting applications for the Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program.
This Fellowship program seeks to address the shortage of communication
professionals in emerging economies. The program is divided into two
Phase I - Design and Development will have a university curriculum manager
from an emerging economy work with MU to develop a generic
educational curriculum focused on communications and IP-based networks
technologies. During the four-month visit, the Scholar will also update
improve his/her existing home university curriculum and core materials to
achieve state-of-the-art technology training.
Phase II - Dissemination and Awareness will provide shorter-term
to two selected developing country university curricula managers to also
work with MU to adapt and customize the generic curriculum and test the
material and curriculum in the classroom.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program are to:
· establish new and strengthen existing university-level educational
curricula focused on communications technologies and Internet
(IP-based) networks; and
· create a "Virtual Curriculum Managers Network" (explained below).
The ultimate intent is to bridge the gap between existing technologies in
the Scholars' countries and state-of-the-art technologies in
and IP-based, networks curriculum. The Visiting Scholar will be provided
with state-of-the-art training and knowledge, and in turn will be expected
to provide better education to engineering students in their universities.
To meet these goals, MU will host Visiting Scholars from emerging
at the Motorola corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, located
outside of Chicago. The Program will be structured in two phases, with
Phase I Scholar visiting for a period of four months, starting after July
2000, and two Phase II Scholars visiting later for approximately two
Phase I: Design and Development - During this phase, one Visiting Scholar
will structure and develop a generic curriculum, and then a customized one
for their university. First, the Scholar will work with technical
and training professionals and Motorola staff to develop a generic
university-level educational curriculum focused on wireless communications
and IP network technologies. The Scholar's efforts will be coordinated
ongoing MU efforts in curriculum development. Working under the
of education and training specialists provided through MU's College of
Technology, the Scholar will design a high-level curriculum, develop
individual course modules, and update existing materials. When necessary,
the Scholar will create new educational materials where none exist to
out the generic curriculum.
The Scholar should plan, if possible, to initiate the effort by utilizing
isting materials brought from their university. Materials and resources,
both knowledge and human, will also be made available through MU and
Motorola. In addition, material from the World Bank will be made
to be incorporated into the Program design as appropriate, including the
"infoDev Regulatory Handbook" which is under development.
The generic curriculum will then be customized to create a new curriculum
for their technical training program in the home country university. This
will involve preparing a customized curriculum and course materials that
fill the gap between existing technologies in the Scholar's country and
cutting edge technologies in communications and IP-based networks
The Scholar, working together with the infoDev webmaster, will also work
establish a Virtual Curriculum Managers Network, to link together
managers (involved in wireless communications and IP network technologies)
into an electronic virtual network to share knowledge and best practice in
the development and deployment of such curricula.
Output from this Phase I will consist of:
(i) both a generic and a customized curriculum focused on communications
IP-based networks technologies,
(ii) both generic and customized specific course content, including
materials, lecture notes, texts, reading lists, syllabi, etc., and
(iii) the initial activities related to the Virtual Curriculum Managers
Network, to include selecting the material for the webpage, developing a
listserve of curriculum manager, etc.
Phase II: Dissemination and Awareness - Building on the work of Phase I,
shorter-term Fellowships (approximately two months in residence) will be
made available to selected university curricula managers from emerging
economies. Similar to Phase I, the Phase II Visiting Scholars will work
with MU to adapt and customize the generic curriculum from Phase I. When
they return to their country, they will test the customized material and
curriculum in the classroom.
infoDev and MU will make the newly developed generic curriculum from Phase
widely available through the Internet. The Visiting Scholars website, to
created and maintained by the Visiting Scholar and infoDev, will reside on
the infoDev website. The infoDev Webmasters will provide assistance in
making the content available widely on the Internet. Curriculum and
materials also will be distributed by infoDev through the infoDev
annual meetings, conferences, etc. The Phase II Scholars will also be
responsible for advancing the Virtual Curriculum Managers Network.
Phase II should produce:
(i) customized curricula focused on communications and IP-based networks
technologies for the Phase II Visiting Scholars' home country
(ii) customized course content including materials, lecture notes, texts,
reading lists, syllabi, etc., and
(iii) an Internet web presence and updated content to advance the Virtual
Curriculum Managers Network, available to curriculum managers for training
of engineers worldwide.
PHASE I: The monthly stipend will be $5,000, providing a total stipend of
$20,000 for the four months residence of the Visiting Scholar. Economy
roundtrip airfare and insurance for the time of the fellowship will also
covered. Modest additional funds will be available for training outside
and for travel connected with the Visiting Scholarship. Office space,
equipment, etc. will be provided by MU while the Scholar is in residence.
PHASE II: The monthly stipend for each scholar will be $5,000 providing a
total stipend of $10,000 for the two months per Visiting Scholar. Economy
roundtrip airfare and insurance will be covered. Office space, equipment,
etc. will be provided by MU while the Scholar is in residence.
The following criteria will be used to select the scholars from among the
· Ability of the candidate to develop a strong, generic curriculum
on communica-tions technologies and Internet Protocolbased (IPbased)
networks, and to modify such a curriculum to meet the needs of their
university and country. Qualifications will in-clude teaching and
curriculum development experience as well as expertise in the technology;
· Commitment of the candidate's home institution to adopt and utilize
improved curriculum (demonstrated in letters of support, willingness to
equip facilities for students, etc.);
· Improvement in training of students in the candidate's institution
to result from the improved curriculum (innovation, critique of the
· Need (priority will be given to universities in low-income
to universities that face special difficulties funding foreign training
· Importance of the training to be provided via the new curriculum to
and economic development in the candidate's country and region (numbers of
students likely to be trained, rank and importance of the institution in
preparing engineers and technical staff for his/her country, likely career
paths of graduates, rate of introduction of wireless technology, etc.).
There is only one application process for both Phases of the Program.
Candidates must have responsibility for development and maintenance of an
education curriculum in a technical or engineering university or other
accredited training and education institute in an emerging-economy
The Candidates also must have authority to modify and put into practice a
new education curriculum. In addition, the Candidate must be available to
manage the Virtual Curriculum Managers Network during the Fellowship.
Candidates must have strong English language skills. Phase I Scholars
be available to live in residence in Schaumburg for a period of four
starting after early July 2000.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita and a typed Statement of
(500-700 words).The Statement of Purpose will describe the applicants:
(i) aims in creating an communications and IP-network based curriculum
their home country's university,
(ii) why they feel that participation in the Visiting Scholars Fellowship
Program will help them achieve these objectives, and
(iii) what the applicant feels they can contribute to the Visiting
The applicant should include letters of support from their home
and web sites or other materials that describe the university and its
curriculum. he applicant should also arrange that three reference letters
be sent to infoDev from individuals who can testify to the applicants
professional qualifications, institutional role in the university, and
likelihood to succeed in the creation/reform of the curriculum.
Deadline for applications is May 31, 2000.
Please send the completed application form via email to
Alternatively, you mail send it via regular mail on diskette to:
Information for Development Program (infoDev)
Attn: Visiting Scholars Fellowship
The World Bank
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
CANDIDATE SELECTION PROCESS
The applications will be distributed to a panel of three reviewers: one
representative from infoDev, one representative from Motorola, and one
independent reviewer. The three top-rated candidates for the Visiting
Scholars Fellowship Program will be contacted for phone interviews. Each
candidate will receive votes based the ranking given by the panel member:
the top candidate receives three points, 2nd candidate receives two
and 3rd candidate receives one point. The candidate receiving the most
points will be offered the Phases I Visiting Scholar Fellowship. The 2nd
and 3rd candidates will be offered the two Phase II Visiting Scholar
Fellowships. It is expected that candidates will be notified of
awards by the end of June (see calendar below).
If, after this process, three suitable candidates have not been
a new call for applications may be issued.
Curriculum design and course content will be made available by MU,
course materials, lecture notes, texts, reading lists, syllabi, etc. Some
of this material contains intellectual property that is confidential and
will not be available for further distribution; any such limitations on a
specific document will be specified by Motorola to the Scholar. It is
planned that an infoDev representative and a MU staff member will visit
Scholars after the training to review progress in the curriculum
development/reform and to learn ways of continuing and expanding the
In cooperation with several local universities in the Chicago area,
Scholars may be able to offer guest teaching assignments to enhance the
Scholarship Program. Universities that Motorola has relationships with
include: (i) Roosevelt University, School of Science and Technology, (ii)
Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, and (iii) University of Illinois's (Chicago) Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
THE VISITING SCHOLARS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT -- TENTATIVE TIMETABLE
April 12 infoDev officially announces the Motorola Visiting Scholars
Fellowship Program. Applications to the Program being
May 31 Deadline for Applications to the Program (6:00 PM EST).
June 16 Completion of preliminary round of evaluations by the
Committee. Start of the phone interview stage of evaluation
June 23 Completion of final round of evaluations by the Selection
Award letters issued jointly by infoDev and
July 1 Deadline for acceptance for Visiting Scholar Program.
After July 1 Phase I of the Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program will
Phase II will commence immediately after the close of Phase I.
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