UJ to house first video-conferencing network

Published October 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The University of Jordan (UJ) has been chosen to house the first Jordanian advanced video-conferencing network, UJ President Walid Maani said on Saturday. Maani told the Jordan Times that the Global Development Learning Network will provide the opportunity for individuals and companies to receive and transmit live conferences and workshops with similar global networks and universities.  


According to him, the network will be a joint project of Jordanian universities. The initial cost of the network is estimated at $700,000, while annual management will cost $250,000, to be funded by Jordanian universities.  


The network has come about as an initiative from the World Bank (WB), and last week the Cabinet approved a recommendation to locate the network at UJ, said Maani. WB officials had visited several locations on campus last week, and chose the Faculty of Educational Sciences to accommodate the network, according to the UJ president.  


The network will comprise of two large halls with a dedicated satellite two-way link, said Maani, stressing that the halls would be equipped with “state-of-the-art equipment.” According to the official, the network will not be only for educational purposes and that any party can use the facility, which will be open five days a week, six hours a day.  


“[The network] will be open to businessmen, media professionals, NGOs and any party interested in holding or receiving live conferences, workshops and seminars, and the university will supply those interested with contacts and similar networks around the globe,” he said.  


However, Maani said the challenge of the network, which will be operative as of spring next year, goes far beyond its installation. “Marketing and managing [the network] will prove a challenge for us,” he said. “We are thinking of going into a marketing campaign to try to make people we target aware of the network,” he added. “This is the first time we will be doing such a thing,” but those who have already done it are not better equipped than us [in general], said Maani. “If you put your mind to something, you can do it.” — ( Jordan Times )  


By Oula Al Farawati

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