As a follow-up to the February/March 2005 Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop cosponsored by the World Bank Institute and the Asian Institute of Technology, three of the workshop participants are set to deliver the Bank's UAQM distance learning course in their cities. Prof. Wanida Jinsart of General Sciences Department of Chulalongkorn University (CU), Prof. Tran Ngoc Quang the Hanoi University of Civil Engineering (HUCE), and Prof. Donato dela Cruz of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines (UP) will deliver three simultaneous courses on urban air quality management on November 2-4, 2005. This is the first time that the UAQM course will be using
videoconferencing facilities of WBI's Global Distance Learning Centers (GDLN) and web facilities of the universities to discuss problems and challenges of air quality management. This three-city simultaneous delivery is being initiated by CU, with HUCE and UP as the two other sites and will provide an opportunity for AQM experts and practitioners in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to dialogue on local and regional issues and challenges. The videoconferencing sessions are scheduled from 9:00 to 12:00 noon (Bangkok time) on these dates and will focus on Modules 1, 2 and 8 of 10-module UAQM distance learning course prepared by WBI. There will be presentations by various experts in the field as well as country case presentations. The afternoons are reserved for continuing discussions of the modules among the participants via an on-line discussion room set-up by CU.
While the three cities will be sharing presentations and discussions of the three modules, the UAQM course in each city should be viewed as three distinct courses since the course coordinators will customize their presentations according to the needs and challenges faced by their participants. Most, if not all of the participants will come from these three academic institutions as well as from local and regional government agencies responsible for air quality management. It is expected that those who were trained in these courses will move on to train others in their organizations. For more information on the courses, please see the invitations and application forms. To learn more about future course deliveries on WBI's UAQM, please contact Victoria Pinpin-Feinstein at [email protected].