PREGINET launches CONNECT-Asia in the Philippines
By: steph, July 23, 2010

CONNECT-Asia PhilippinesThe Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) launched the COllaboration for Network-eNabled Education, Culture, Technology and sciences (CONNECT) last 27 July 2010 which likewise had its international launching, collocated with the MyREN Seminar in Malaysia, on the same date.

Staff and officials from research institutes, state colleges, private universities, government agencies and medical communities in the country, participated in said event.

CONNECT and PREGINET in one goal

The CONNECT is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiative established on June 2009 to create an effective and flexible mechanism for using ICT-mediated educational systems and network-enabled teaching and learning methods.

It broadens and enhances people’s access to knowledge and information through sharing expertise and experience, improving connectivity among educators and researchers, and opening up national or regional education and research communities to the international arena.

The PREGINET is in one with CONNECT’s aim to bridge gaps among educational systems. As the only research and education network in the Philippines, the PREGINET facilitates enhanced knowledge sharing and collaboration in the country by allowing Filipino researchers and educators to communicate with their peers, locally and abroad. It also supports experiments and applications crucial to the academe.

In order to effectively promote its advocacy, the PREGINET provides a high-speed connection to its partner-colleges and -universities, as well as research and development institutions, to actively participate in its initiatives.

It has likewise conducted various distance learning activities with the UNESCO through e-Learning modules, such as the “National Level HIV/AIDS Impact, Country Situation and Experiences” and the “Capacity Building in University-Industry Collaboration & Technology Transfer.”

The PREGINET is one of the projects of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, a research and development agency of the Department of Science and Technology.