Opening Ceremony of Malawi-Korea Information Access Center was held
The Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Yoo Young-min) and the National Information Society Agency (NIA, President Moon Yong-sik) announced that the Korea-Malawi Information Access Center (IAC) was officially opened in Lilongwe on Dec 3rd, 2018, in the capital of Malawi.
• A total of 50 people, including President of National Information Society Agency, Moon Yong-sik, Ambassador (Embassy of Republic of Korea to Zimbabwe), Cho Jae-chul, who also serves as Ambassador for Malawi, Vice Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Malawi, Vice Minister of Education and Human Resources Development of Malawi, and President of the Malawi Institute of Management, have presented in the inauguration ceremony of Korea-Malawi Information Access Center(IAC).
• With the establishment of the Korea-Malawi Information Access Center, Malawi has a comprehensive ICT education facility equipped with Internet lounge dedicated to the disabled, information service education facilities for the poor ICT education environment in Malawi, contents production rooms, seminar rooms, and operator offices that can produce their own educational contents.
• Construction of the information access center has taken its initiatives by NIA since 2002 as part of the Ministry of Science and ICT's ODA project to improve the developing country's information-use environment, and 56 centers in 48 countries have been established so far, leading the development of ICT experts and digital divide in developing countries.
NIA President Moon Yong-sik said, "The Malawi-Korea Information Access Center will improve Malawi's Internet access environment, contribute to the development of a virtuous ecosystem that contributes to the export of talented human resources and economic development of Malawi through ICT education, and hope that the two countries will be reborn as closer neighbors through diverse communication and cooperation through the center.“
Opening Ceremony of El Salvador-Korea Information Access Center was held
The Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Yoo Young-min) and the National Information Society Agency (NIA, Executive Vice President Kim Jang Joo) announced on the December 19th, 2018 (in Korea time) and that the El Salvador-Korea Information Access Center (IAC) was opened in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador.
• A total consists of 50 people, including Councilor (Embassy of Republic of Korea to El Salvador), Kim, Dae Hwan, Minister of Education of El Salvador, Vice Minister of Science and Technology of El Salavdor, and President of the MEGATEC, were present to celebrate the launch of the information access center.
• With the establishment of the El-Salvador-Korea Information Access Center, El Salvador has a comprehensive ICT education facility equipped with Internet lounge dedicated to the disabled, information service education facilities for the poor ICT education environment in El Salvador, contents production rooms, seminar rooms, and operator offices that can produce their own educational contents.
• Construction of the information access center was started by NIA since 2002 as part of the Ministry of Science and ICT's project to improve the developing country's information-use environment, and 56 centers in 48 countries have been established so far, leading the development of ICT experts and digital divide in developing countries.
NIA Executive Vice President Kim Jang Joo said, "The El Salvador-Korea Information Access Center will improve El Salvador's Internet access environment, contribute to the development of a virtuous ecosystem that contributes to the export of talented human resources and economic development of El Salvador through ICT education, and especially the Ministry, which is in charge of this particular project is oriented towards the Education for general public and young citizens, this center will take the responsibility and empower the growth engine of El Salvador, Finally hope that the two countries will be reborn as closer neighbors through diverse communication and cooperation through the center.“
IAC Lecturers; for those of who will receive the chance to open and reopen their center during 2018, have been invited to participate the 2018 IAC Lecturers Training Program.
This is the first time to trying by NIA, to teach the developing country's ICT Lecturers and teachers to come to Korea and learn how to teach their people with the basics of ICT knowledge.
The course is mainly focused on how to operate their courses during their working hours and trying to shorten the gap between who can make a their own educational program and who can't.
This entire course will take place in both Seoul (Sunneung area) and Jeju (NIA Global Center) and will last until October 26th of 2018.
□ On January 18th, 2018, National Information Society Agency (President Suh Byung-jo, hereinafter referred to as NIA) opened a Peru-Korea Information Access Center(Mario Vargas Library, Arequipa). And the day before it, NIA opened a Paraguay-Korea Information Access Center(SENATICs, Asuncion)
○ In that of Paraguayan event, Juan Carlos Moreira(Presidential Secretary), Hector David Ocampos Negreiros(Minister of SENATICs), and Ahn, Min-sik(Korean Ambassador to Paraguay) were participated for the Opening ceremony.
○ For the Peruvian event, Victor Raul Cardenas Velazquez(Vice governor of Arequipa), Mario Rommel(Chief Librarian of Espinosa Library), and the delegates of Korean embassy were participated for the Opening Ceremony.
○ Both Paraguay and Peru Information Access Center consists of 330㎡ space, including Internet Lounge, IT Training Room, Seminar Room and the Operational Office that will shortening the digital divide by provide better access of the Internet and also for the ICT education for all.
○ The Information access center(IAC) project, which was started in 2002 and established 54 Centers in 46 countries as a part of ODA (Official Development Assistance) project in ICT sector, under the support of the Ministry of Science and ICT.
□ Mr. Suh said, " Both Paraguayan and Peruvian centers will be not only a resolution for the settlement of digital divide but also a solution for the professional manpower training for their ICT field."
□ National Information Society Agency(Vice president Oh Kang-tak, hereinafter referred to as NIA) and Voluntary Agency Network of Korea(President Park Ki-tae, hereinafter referred to as 'VANK') announced on May 15 that they signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) to cooperate for sharing the excellent ICT, culture and arts contents of Korea to developing countries in the VANK office.
○ NIA said, "In the Information access center(IAC), which was established in 46 countries as a part of ODA (ODA) project in ICT sector, under the support of the Ministry of Science and ICT, we could share 185 Korean cultural contents of VANK and which makes good opportunity to not only support IAC for the improvement of ICT education environment but also to inform our excellent history, culture and art to IAC centers all around the world.
○ Through the agreement, the two organizations agreed on the joint use of English contents related to ICT, Korean culture and history, the efforts to provide accurate information on Korea to the international community such as developing countries, the development of future joint cooperation programs and mutual cooperation.
□ Mr. Park said, "It is important to correct distorted information about our culture. However, it is very important for us to communicate the excellence of our country's ICT and to pass our economic development model through ICT to developing countries.
□ Mr. Oh said, "By providing the right information on our culture, history, etc. to 52 information access centers, it is not a miracle that our country's ICT development and economic growth happened by chance, but our accomplishments based on our eternal culture and history. "I will try to make many developing countries aware of this."
On May 9th, 2017, opening ceremony of Korea-Rwanda Information Access Center had held in University of Rwanda, college of education in Rwanda, Kigali. Minister of Education, H.E Papias Musafili Malimba, Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda, Philip Cotton, Director general of Ministry of Youth & ICT, Claudette Irere, Vice president of NIA, Hyeon-Kon Kim, and 70 guests of students and communities have made their presence in the opening ceremony.
Korea-Rwanda Information Access center provides access to Internet, includes an internet lounge for students and local residents to use for ICT education purposes and a seminar room to hold seminars and events.
According to the Minister of Education, H.E Papias Musafili Malimba, Korea-Rwanda IAC is expected to benefit students, and the nearby communities, and boost quality of education. "This new facility will not only help citizens of Rwanda to communicate with the world via internet, but will also enhance ICT capability of young innovators and facilitate them to come up with suitable ICT solutions for the education sector. We want it to become an innovation hub for education."
Hyeon-Kon Kim, senior Vice President of NIA mentioned "Korea-Rwanda IAC will contribute enabling the local people to communicate freely with the world through the Internet and also significantly enhance digital literacy of the region". He also added "Especially, Korea-Rwanda IAC will play a pivotal role in shaping various innovations into reality such as playground for start-ups and pilot labs for smart technology with advanced ICT development."
NIA has established 50 centers around the world since 2002, and have supported their operations. Recently, NIA has partnered with education institutes in Korea as well as international organizations to provide content sharing platforms that will bring high quality lectures and education contents on ICT to IAC users.
On April 24, 2015, at an opening ceremony held in Universida Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan, the Honduras-Korea Information Access Center (IAC) was established. The opening ceremony was included attendance by Shin, Kwang-woo, the research fellow of NIA and Kim Rai-Hyug, Korea Ambassador to Honduras represented the Korean side. From Honduras, David Oralando Marin, the principal of UPNFM, and Maria Del Carmen Nasser, the vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were there with approximately 100 participants to celebrate the opening the new IAC.
At this ceremony, NIA and UPNFM expressed their gratitude to the effort of each government for successful establishment and promised to reinforce mutual cooperation in the future with ICT.
The new IAC provides access to Internet, includes an Internet lounge for students and local residents to use for ICT education purposes and a seminar room to host both domestic and international events. Hardware, computer and video-conferencing equipment is provided as well which will go a long way in helping to bridge the digital divide in Honduras and connect Honduras people with different information communication technologies.
Back on February 2015, NIA made an on-site inspection to maintain the Tunis-Korea Information Access Center (IAC).
Tunis-Korea IAC was established in Tunis Science City(CST) in November 2005 and will be maintained this year.
NIA staff checked the current conditions of center’s facilities and equipment and discussed the scope of maintenance in detail with CST. Then two organizations signed MoU agreeing to cooperate each other for smooth proceeding the establishment.
The Tunis-Korea IAC will be reopened in the second half of this year.
Meanwhile, the target centers to be maintained in 2015 are Tunis-Korea, Panama-Korea, Mongolia-Korea, Ghana-Korea and Nepal-Korea IACs.