Canadian and Hong Kong Students Make Cultural Connections via Bro adband Technology
- [Note.. one of Canadian the schools was from Nunavik, Quebec ]
Sent: December 2, 2002 6:42 AM
Subject: Canadian and Hong Kong Students Make Cultural Connections via
Bro adband Technology
OTTAWA and HONG KONG, December 2, 2002 -- Canada's Industry Minister Allan
Rock today announced that for the first time students in Hong Kong connected
virtually with Canadian students, using VirtualClassroom, an initiative that
uses the most advanced research and education networks that both countries
have to offer.
"These virtual classrooms show how global private and public sector
partnerships can enhance education and training of young people in Canada
and around the world," said Minister Rock. "Together we are crossing
cultures and borders, using leading edge information and communications
technologies in creative and innovative ways to connect with one another and
to share information."
The VirtualClassroom intiative was made possible using technology provided
by Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), an Agency of Industry
Canada; CANARIE Inc., network operator of Canada's optical research and
innovation network, CA*net 4; satellite operator Telesat Canada; the
Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region; and Hong Kong's Joint Universities Computer
Centre (JUCC), a consortium of the government-funded tertiary institutions
of Hong Kong.
Today's inaugural demonstration used CA*net 4 and JUCC's HARNET (Hong Kong
Academic and Research Network) to connect students for a live, interactive
VirtualClassroom session. Students from Ulluriaq School in northern Quebec,
Canada, were connected via Telesat's experimental multimedia school network
over the Anik E2 satellite to the company's Ottawa hub, and then patched
into CRC's Broadband Applications and Demonstration Laboratory, also in
Ottawa. From there, the CA*net 4 infrastructure was used to link with JUCC's
HARNET in Hong Kong. CRC's VirtualClassroom program allows students in one
location to use advanced videoconferencing technology to interact in real
time with students in other locations.
The demonstration kicks off four days of VirtualClassroom sessions,
featuring students from schools across Canada connecting to students at the
Canada Pavilion at the ITU Telecom Asia Conference in Hong Kong.
"This demonstration shows the power and promise of broadband technology,"
said CRC President Gerry Turcotte. "It is bringing students from around the
world together in a unique way so that they can learn from each other and
each other's cultures."
JUCC's Network Task Force Chairman, Lawrence Law, added, "As an
international city, Hong Kong embraces the use of Internet technologies, and
we are excited to have this program help our local students gain exposure to
"CANARIE is pleased that CA*net 4 is helping make this exchange between
students possible," said CANARIE Inc.'s President, Andrew Bjerring. "Our
e-learning program, combined with our advanced research and innovation
network, is designed to transform learning for both students and teachers --
it's wonderful to see such transformation in action."
"Telesat is proud to participate in opportunities that showcase the
effective use of information and communications technologies in learning,"
said Telesat's President and CEO, Larry Boisvert.
Schools participating in the VirtualClassroom sessions include:
Canadian International School
St. Paul's Convent School
La Salle College
Ulluriaq School, Nunavik Quebec
Earl of March Secondary School, Ontario
J. Percy Page, Alberta
Mirmachi School District, New Brunswick
For more information, please contact :
Office of Allan Rock
Senior Director, Operations
Communications and Media Officer
Communications Research Centre Canada
Manager, Corporate Services
(613) 748-0123, ext. 2800
Joint Universities Computer Centre, Hong Kong
Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)
Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), an Agency of Industry Canada,
is the Canadian Government's primary laboratory for research and development
(R&D) in advanced telecommunications. It is used to support public policy
decision-making and to contribute to an innovative knowledge-based economy
CRC conducts R&D in terrestrial wireless systems, satellite communications,
radio propagation, antenna design, broadcast and interactive multimedia
technologies and broadband network technologies and applications.
CRC's world-class facilities, such as its Broadband Applications and
Demonstration Laboratory and Satellite Multimedia Applications Research and
Trials Laboratory, conduct proof-of-concept applications demonstrations in
areas such as tele-medicine, tele-justice and tele-learning, using hybrid
For more information, please visit www.crc.ca.
CANARIE and CA*net 4
World-recognized CANARIE Inc. is Canada's advanced Internet organization.
CANARIE is a non-profit corporation dedicated to accelerating the
development of Canada's Internet and the creation of innovative applications
that exploit the power of that infrastructure to benefit Canadians. CANARIE
plays the critical role of facilitator, bringing together experts from
private industry, government and the research and education community to
form project partnerships. By encouraging innovation, CANARIE is building
Canada's capacity to participate in the global knowledge economy.
With a $110 million grant from the Canadian Government, CANARIE designed,
developed and operates CA*net 4, a Web services architecture for optical
networks that is designed for computer-to-computer applications such as
grids. It provides for advanced applications research in areas such as
e-learning systems and repositories, e-research and computational-based
science, e-health records and information systems, e-content and digital
rights management systems, and e-manufacturing process control and
For more information, visit www.canarie.ca.
Telesat is a world leader in satellite operations and systems management.
The company made history in 1972 with the launch of the first domestic
commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Today, Telesat
competes with the world's leading satellite fleets in providing
telecommunications and broadcast distribution services throughout the
Americas. Telesat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE Inc., one of the
world's premier communications companies.
Telesat is currently a partner in the SchoolNet trials, which enable
students across Canada to collaborate with each other on a daily basis.
For more information on Telesat, visit www.telesat.ca
The Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau of the Government of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region
The Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau of the Government of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China is
responsible for the formulation of policies relating to information
technology, innovation and technology, telecommunications,
e-government, broadcasting and film services, external commercial relations,
industry and business support, intellectual property protection and inward
investment promotion. The Bureau also oversees the development of the
Cyberport and the Science Park projects. It has two branches: the
Information Technology and Broadcasting Branch, and the Commerce and
For more information, please visit www.info.gov.hk/citb.
The Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC)
The Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) is a consortium of the
Computer Centres of Hong Kong's eight government-funded tertiary
institutions. JUCC co-ordinates joint institutional collaborations and
innovative projects leading to the development and advancement of
information technology facilities and services for its member institutions,
as well as for the academic communities in Hong Kong and neighbouring
The Hong Kong Academic and Research Network (HARNAT) is the wide-area
network that links the campus networks of the eight tertiary institutions in
Hong Kong. HARNET also provides high-speed connectivity to both global and
local Internet. It is funded by the University Grants Committee and managed
More information on HARNET can be found at www.jucc.edu.hk.
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