Tuesday, July 15, 2008

ABAC to launch thailand's first virtual university

Next month, Assumption University's (ABAC) students will have access to the first virtual university in Thailand, which will provide e-academic services via a cyber network called University Town (UTown).

ABAC and Digicrafts have collaborated to develop project UTown - a 3D online community - to provide a unique combination of education and entertainment to students at www.utown.in.th.

ABAC Office of Information Technology Services director Santithorn Bunchua said UTown will form an education hub for the university's teachers, staff and students, who can register on the community with a secure ID code and password.

He said UTown will allow students to access academic services such as the e-classroom and e-learning centre. They can also create an online community, shop and conduct e-commerce transactions via the virtual university.

"We provide an alternative medium of education enabling the university to move beyond the classroom and impart knowledge via an online network," Santithorn said.

Digicraft president Wiwat Wongwarawipat said that as part of the collaboration, the company is developing source code to create a virtual-university platform that can be utilised in the future by other universities within and outside the country.

Next August, he said, UTown will be open to the general public who can be a part of the ABAC experience.

About two million users are expected to become a part of the community.

ABAC president Bancha Saenghiran said the virtual university will suit today's modern lifestyle, especially for students who want to learn online. It will help them enhance their skills through the cyber world.

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