Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ICI9 International Conference for Information in KL begins - Part 1

August 12 2009,

Seated from left: Prof. Mansor (Senior VP of OUM), Tan Sri Anuwar Ali (President/VC of OUM), YB Khaled Nordin (Minister of Higher Education Malaysia), Dr. Zoltan (Hungary) and Mr. Ihab (Egypt)

The 2-day conference hosted by Open University Malaysia (OUM) begins today. It was held at the Legend Hotel in KL. More than 200 participants from 10 countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, China, Egypt, Morocco, India and Sri Lanka converged to learn more about Open and Distance Learning.

The Minister of Education presenting the Meritorious award to Keynote Speaker, Tan Sri Gajaraj Dhanarajan of Wawasan Open University

The conference was officiated by Minister of Higher Education Malaysia, YB Dato' Seri Mohd Khaled Bin Nordin. The conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Mansor Fadzil, Senior Vice President of OUM. Several distinguished speakers were also present to deliver their keynote addresses. Among them include Prof. Tan Sri Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Vice Chancellor of Wawasan Open University Malaysia and Prof. Jeremy Dunning of Indiana University, USA. 40 presenters will be presenting their papers over the two days.

Panel discussion session chaired by Prof. Tan Sri Anuwar Ali (2nd from left). Members of the panel from left. Prof. Tan Sri Gajaraj, Prof. Atwi Suparman and Prof Jeremy Dunning

One of the presenters seen here presenting his paper during the conference on day 1

The conference is a yearly affair rotated among founding members which comprised of Open University Malaysia, Eszterhazy Karoly College (Hungary), Universite Cadi Ayyad (Morocco), and Delta Univesity for Science and Technology (Egypt).

Video clips on the launch of ICI9 by the Minister of Higher Education Malaysia:

During the opening ceremony, the Asean Journal of Open and Distance Learning was also launched, This journal is the brainchild of OUM, Open University of Philippines, and Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University of Thailand.

The video on the launching of the Asean Journal for Open and Distance Learning is as follows:

The Day-1 session ended with a keynote address from Prof. Jeremy Dunning of Indiana University entitled: "Back to the future: What E-Learning must do to reach its potential"

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