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Rural Development, ICT, and Engaged Learning Project

Three movements provide the framework for a major rural development project in the Asia and the Pacific region. These are: the emergence of ICT as a major development tool, the widespread presence of community lifelong learning centers with their desire for connectivity, and the resolve that universities become more relevant to their surroundings. A new Rural Development, ICT and Engaged Learning project addresses these issues.  It also supports Cornell University's priorities in Engaged Cornell. The objective of this Project is to assist universities initially in developing nations of Asia to initiate and institutionalize the engaged learning academic strategy in the context of helping community learning centers use information and communication technologies for development. Development refers particularly to the Sustainable Development Goals and to agriculture, lifelong learning, nutrition, health, commerce, governance, and gender issues. The initiative, based in the International Agriculture and Rural Development Program at Cornell University, supports scholarship, research, and interventions related to the engagement efforts of those universities.

The initiative will be led by a consortium of four universities, each with special skills, experience, and resources related to ICT and community development challenges and opportunities.

For information contact:
Royal D. Colle
International Professor of Communication
Associate Director for RDIEL
Email: rdc4@cornell.edu

The objective of this Project is to assist universities in developing nations to initiate and institutionalize the engaged learning academic strategy in the context of helping community learning centers use information and communication technologies for development. Development refers particularly to the Sustainable Development Goals and to agriculture, lifelong learning, nutrition, health, commerce, governance, and gender issues. The initiative, based in the International Agriculture and Rural Development Program at Cornell University, supports scholarship, research, and interventions related to the engagement efforts of those universities.

For an example from a recent international meeting in Asia