ERIC Number: ED055602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Roles of International Organisations: University Aid Programs for the Transfer of Computer Technology.
Bennett, J. M.
The discussion of the contribution Australian universities might make in introducing computer technology to the developing countries draws upon over 20 years of experience with students from Southeast Asia. The results of several studies of the performances of these students both while in Australia and after returning to their own countries have become available. The problem discussed by these students are as relevant to electronic data processing training as to training in other technical fields. Thus the main relevant points are summarized here. The figures show that Asian students do not perform well in comparison with Australians. Possible reasons for this are: language problems, the emphasis on rote learning among Asian students, and differences in cultural backgrounds. On returning home, students are faced with difficulties in trying to exercise their acquired skills because of: changes in the governments' policy and lack of recognition of Australian qualifications. Desirable mechanisms of training include: fostering paired university departments, provision of computing equipment for training, advice in setting up sub-graduate and undergraduate training programs, assistance in providing technical literature and provision of computer time to universities without computers. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Asia (Southeast); Australia; United Nations
Note: (2 References); Background paper prepared for the United Nations meeting of the Ad Hoc Panel of Experts on Computer Technology held in February 1970