ERIC Number: ED339345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Computers and Telecommunications at National Technological University.
Mays, M. E.; Lumsden, D. Barry
The National Technological University (NTU), a consortium of approximately 30 American engineering schools which has been in operation on a continent-wide scale since 1985, uses telecommunications to broadcast engineering education courses to corporate sites across the country. Courses are produced at member institutions and are distributed to sponsoring sites via a communications satellite network. NTU represents a blend of distance education, corporate education, and continuing education in its pursuit of a cost effective, national engineering program. The uses of computer, educational television, electronic mail, and other innovative educational technologies have made distance learning opportunities possible, for corporate engineers and technical personnel, that compare favorably with those offered by traditional institutions. A program modelled after NTU has been developed in Europe. The European Programme of Advanced Continuing Education (PACE) is based on university and industrial cooperation and will ultimately link many corporations together in nearly a dozen European countries. NTU presents a model for the success of nontraditional education in an increasingly technology-based world by providing the opportunity for balancing national needs for a better trained workforce and the immediate needs of corporations for skilled professionals. (21 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: National Technological University
Note: Reprinted from: University Computing v12 n2 1990.