1. General Information
2. Information of the Principal Investigators (PI)/Leader
Principal Investigator (PI)/Leader:
3. LIST OF COLLABORATING PARTICIPANTS:
|4.||Dr. Bhushan Raj Shrestha||NREN||Nepalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|5.||Bayani Benjamin Lara||PREGINET||Philippinesemail@example.com|
|6.||Senevi Herath||LEARN||Sri Lankafirstname.lastname@example.org|
TEIN network: Since the first TEIN initiative launched in 2000, TEIN projects have been evolved from the first phase with a 2 Mbps link connection between France and Korea, now to the fourth phase – TEIN4 that provides the network with up to 10 gigabits per second connecting 23 countries in the Asian and south Asia region.
Collaboration through NREN: Asi@Connect has created a unique platform for enhancing collaboration and connectivity among researchers and academics in Asia as well as with the global researchers and academics including the 50 million European researchers and academics served by the GEANT network. NRENs are becoming more and more popular to the community because of its support in fostering research and collaboration. It has created immense vive within the community by financing different research projects by itself.
Minimizing Digital Divide: Reducing the Digital Divide within the TEIN community being a primary objective of connecting all the NRENs in a single platform and also to interconnect them with the Global Networks like GÉANT, Internet2, WACREN and others.
Value of NRENs By adding advanced Application Services to the Asi@Connect partner NRENs, the value of NRENs, including the beneficiaries, to researchers and academics in their countries, will increase. Such services will promote increasing use of NRENs and their services by the higher education and research in the countries of the beneficiaries. This process will be further accelerated by knowledge transfer from advanced European R&E networks such as NORDUnet.
Under the abovementioned backdrop, this project proposal is in response to the WP5 (Promoting Asi@Connect-enabled research and education collaboration for societal benefit) of the 2nd Call for Proposals for the Asi@Connect Project. This Project taking the initiative that at the same time will (1) enable the use of an advanced video conferencing service in the region, for use in distance learning and allow flexible and efficient collaboration, and (2) embrace a comprehensive knowledge transfer program, bringing advanced skills in digital communication and service operations to TEIN NRENs, making the service independent and sustainable. The service will be installed at BdREN and used by BdREN and 5 other NRENs in the TEIN community, with knowledge transfer supported by NORDUnet, for a period of 20 months from September 2018 to April 2020.
This Project principally focuses on 6 beneficiary countries namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The service established will primarily be used by students, faculties, researchers and academics in these countries. However, other NRENs in the TEIN community will be encouraged to join this project subject to availability of the resources.. Moreover, experts from different NREN communities will be encouraged to participate in Seminars and DLE Programs using this facility. Sharing their experience and expertise on any relevant issue will be helpful for the audience joining the system from the beneficiary countries in such programs arranged under this project. As the principal objective of the project will be knowledge transfer through deployment and operation of advanced digital conferencing system, the train-the-trainer approach of the project will allow such knowledge to be further disseminated to other NRENs in the region.
Digital Seminars will be arranged under this project on important issues like “Sustainability of NRENs”, “EduRoam and Federated Identity” and “Implementation of LMS”. Any NREN in the TEIN community will be encouraged to join this seminar to share their experiences or to gather knowledge on these very issues. This will foster a stream of collaboration within the TEIN community.
The final objective will be of dissemination of knowledge and expertise in the form of Distance Learning and Knowledge Sharing which will immensely benefit the faculties and students of the beneficiary countries. Also sample issues on “Cryptography/Cyber Security/Software Defined Networking (SDN) or other Advanced Topics” will be demonstrated under this very project. In addition, beneficiary NRENs will be encouraged to conduct their own programs using this platform.
6. DETAILS OF ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS
1. Overall plans for 20 months (from September 2018 to April 2020)
※ 1st Year: by 31 August 2019
7. Phasing of the Project
8. Expected Outcomes
BENEFITS TO TEIN AND ITS COMMUNITY
Technical Knowledge Exchange: Huge amount of technical knowledge sharing will be there between experts working in various NRENs under TEIN. At the same time as NORDUnet, GÉANT and Internet 2 will be involved a significant share of knowledge will be drained down to relatively weaker partners under TEIN community.
Dissemination of Knowledge through Distance Learning and Education Program: Different institutions under the beneficiary NRENs will have the opportunity to offer various Distance Learning courses on various topics which will have a big impact on the research and educational community in those countries. Especially by offering the DLE programs a big portion of marginalized professional manpower will be able to be touched as this will save inordinate amount of time in terms of attending the class by being physically present.
Technology Transfer: By organizing the Train the Trainers program for the Network Engineers initiative has been taken to transfer the Technology to the budding NRENs. In the process the budding NRENs will be motivated to implement the same system in their country. Also by arranging different Video Conferencing seminars and workshop digitally technology and knowledge can be transferred from experts and faculties working in industries and universities in developed countries to NREN communities under TEIN.
Reduction of Digital Divide within NREN community: With successful outcome this DLE program may eventually be extended to conduct academic courses. In a country like Bangladesh where many of the students just drop out before starting the tertiary education only because of unavailability of adequate capacity of the HEIs, this DLE program can be a huge boosting as this is going to increase the capacity of the universities by exponential margin.
Foundation of a regular meeting: The workshops and symposium is a start point of sustainable meeting with not only all beneficiary countries but also global partners.
9. SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ACTIVITY/PROGRAM