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Bangkok University Aims for IT Excellence, Initiates e-Learning to Provide Edutainment

        Bangkok--Jan 10--PC & Associates Consulting

        Bangkok University outlined its vision for next-generation academic institute based on e-learning system.  Aiming for IT excellence, the university purchased more than 1,600 PCs from Hewlett-Packard to establish advanced IT system. It also set up the Cyber Center to provide edutainment.  Moreover, the university expanded its Intranet to accommodate students and teaching staff, as well as started using smart ID card to enable e-purse payment.
        Realizing the importance of information technology, which can help improve education, Bangkok University has upgraded IT system to accommodate its integrated e-learning and web services. The Computer Center of Bangkok University has developed IT system for the university in order to facilitate students in the areas of study and research, as well as to reduce paper waste and to promote self-learning among teaching staff. This IT development project is divided into following parts:
        The Cyber Center is to provide knowledge along with entertainment or what is called "edutainment." Since the way of learning for today's students differs from that used in the past, it is necessary to adjust teaching techniques and extra-curriculum activities to address that change. The Cyber Center is like an Internet room with a corner reserved for a DJ who controls music playing. In some cases, it can be used as a stage for lecturers, with two large screens. In the room, there are computers that students can use for searching data, listening to music, attending lectures and using other services provided to address their needs and to expand their learning experiences.
        The URSA (University Record System Access) is an Intranet that provides students with access to the university's Web-based information and services such as online course registration and payment, grade announcement, timetable, examination schedule as well as course description, enabling students to better plan for their study. In addition, students will be able to search for required books in the library, check borrowed book list, use online tape cassettes, request for advice through Virtual Help Desk (FAQ), etc. Besides, students can access a large pool of data on the Internet via computers installed all over the university campus. They can also print documents through the self-service printing. Just enter their password and execute printing, then get the printed document from a central printer. The payment can be easily and promptly made with a pre-paid card.
        Recently, in the academic year 2003, each of the new students will obtain a new student card in the form of smart card. This pre-paid card can be used to pay for services in the campus. The university has provided sufficient sites for refilling the card. It also plans to expand payment usage for this student card, making it acceptable for outside stores and organizations.
        Asst. Prof. Somchit Likhittaworn, Director, Computer Center, Bangkok University, said, "Bangkok University is committed in deploying advanced IT system that will serve as a tool for study and research for both students and teaching staff. To respond to students' requirements in the digital age, we have to modernize our system, providing Web services for edutainment. This is in line with the government's policy in combining IT with classroom learning. The university has been continuously working on this project, and we are now expanding some areas to make it more complete and up-to-date."
        "In order for smooth and efficient operation, we have internally developed disparate systems and applications. Users can depend on our highly reliable data protection, security, seamlessly integrated sub-systems and quick response in case of problems, thanks to our highly manageable centralized IT system," Asst. Prof. Somchit added.
        Khun Anothai Wettayakorn, General Manager, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard (Thailand) Ltd., said, "One of our policies is to support education and personnel training as this will largely help develop the country. HP is pleased to provide contribution to Bangkok University's IT development project, which will be very helpful to students and lecturers. It offers an innovative way of learning, extends research opportunities, upgrades education standard, and enlarges channels for students and lecturers to increase their capabilities. HP has already completed installation of 1,600 PCs including laser printers and ink jet printers for the university."
        About HP
        HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.
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        Maythavee Chalermtanasak
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