Open University of Netherlands (The Netherlands)

The Open Universiteit is a leader in the application of new learning technologies and educational concepts, both in its own right and through collaboration with partners. A key concept is competency-based lifelong learning in a virtual learning environment, which is flexible, personalised and of high quality. The Open University has 17.000 students and about 750 employees. The main campus is in Heerlen. Spread over the Netherlands there are 13 study centres and 3 support centres. There are also 6 study centres in Flanders.The Welten Institute is the follow up organisation of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC). Also in its new form it is a Centre of Excellence in the fields of Learning Sciences and Technology Enhanced Learning. Welten aims to research, develop and provide sustainable and evidence-based solutions for the advancement of learning at work, at school, at home and on the move. This is accomplished by combining state-of-the-art research in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new media, mobile devices and the Internet. New solutions are extensively tested in our laboratories and in real practice, following the principles of open innovation.

Universidad Carlos III Madrid (Spain)

The mission of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The university actively encourages the personal development of all those connected to the higher education community. All the activities of the university are guided by the values of merit, ability, efficiency, transparency, fairness, equality and respect for the environment. The university has around 18,000 students and has a strong internationalization, being the third in Europe in the proportion of graduate students participating in the European Erasmus mobility program. UC3M is included in the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking as one of the top 50 universities created in the last 50 years. UC3M is a pioneer among European universities in the development of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The first UC3M MOOCs were released in February 2013 and by mid-2016 there will be more around 15 MOOCs on edX and MiríadaX. UC3M has also fostered the inclusion of SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) in on-campus teaching since 2012 through Khan Academy and Open Edx platforms. UC3M has been recently awarded at the QS Reimagine Education 2015 Awards on Hybrid Learning for the use of SPOCs as remedial courses for freshmen (so-called “zero courses”).The GAST research group (Telematic Applications and Services Group) from the Department of Telematic Engineering at UC3M will be in charge of the development of this project. The GAST research group is directed by Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos and develops its activity in the fields of e-learning, ubiquitous computation and web technologies, including e.g., MOOCs, SPOCs, learning analytics and adaptive learning, among many others. The GAST research group has about 50 researchers working in three laboratories.

Universität des Saarlandes (Germany)

Saarland University is a campus university located in Saarbrücken and in Homburg (Medical Faculty and University Teaching Hospital). It enrolls 17,600 students, employs 270 professors, 1,300 other academic staff, 1,500 student teaching and research assistants, 1,400 administrative and technical personnel, 884 persons employed through external funding.

The department of Education is internationally renown for its strength in research but as well as for a strong commitment in the quality of teaching. The focus of research lies on theory based empirical analyses of the conditions of successful processes of learning and instruction. Main topics of research are technology based individual and collaborative acquisition of knowledge, self-regulated learning processes, gifted children and adolescents, educational diagnostics and fostering the acquisition of competencies in and outside schools, the influence of variables of social institutions on educational processes, adaptive and personalised TEL. The teaching comprises the whole spectrum of education and instructional psychology for teacher education (1-12), the educational psychology modules for the major psychology programs (BSc, MSc) and last but not least a Master program „Educational Technology“ (in English language).

GIRAF PM e.K. (Germany)

GIRAF PM e.K. is a consulting company established in 2009 with the core expertise in designing and implementing international multilateral projects in the field of research and education, as well as in providing a full set of innovation management services to projects and corporative clients. Combining fundamental project management and business process engineering techniques with substantial practical experience in various funding schemes’ operation, GIRAF helps scientists, educators and innovative entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.With regards to projects in the field of education, GIRAF possesses the expertise in designing and implementing quality control procedures and methodologies, dissemination, stakeholder relations, policy and regulatory frameworks, particularly Bologna process inspired academic and institutional reforms. This expertise was provided by the key personnel of GIRAF to more than 20 international projects funded by such EU programmes as Tempus, ALFA and Asia-Link. When it comes to eLearning projects, GIRAF participated in a large multinational initiatives Mobile Learning Environments (MoLE) and Multichannel Learning Systems (MLS) funded by ONRG (USA).

The GIRAF founder, Dr. Andrey Girenko, was a coordinatior of the first EU-Southeast Asia RTD cooperation platform project in the field of ICT (ENGAGE, 2005-2007). Within this project Dr. Girenko participated in the Study mapped the regional ICT RTD capabilities and roadmapped the cooperation activities between 2 regions, delivered several cooperative capacity building workshops in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is one of the five research intensive universities in Malaysia. USM envisions itself to be a world-class university embarking on world class research programmes via strategic planning and implementation of its Research and Development (R&D) mechanisms. Since inception in 1969, USM has gained a reputation for providing excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is fast gaining international recognition, which is evident from the numerous international awards and prizes garnered by its researchers. USM has been very active in promoting education in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In recognising the need for capacity building in ICT, various schools and centres have been formed within the university. National Advanced IPv6 Centre is a premier centre within the university that focuses in the area of Next Generation Internet. NAv6, a centre within the university, will carry out the main work, with the involvement of other centres, when necessary.USM represented Malaysia and Southeast Asia as a whole in such EU flagship projects as ENGAGE and CONNECT2SEA. USM is an active participant of the School over Internet Asia (SOI Asia) project, which will provide the regional infrastructure to COMPETEN-SEA. Another important activity of the University relevant to the goals of COMPETEN-SEA is working with various communities in the country in order to provide educational services for development. The USM’s Centre for research on Women and Gender ( will be the main player behind the Malay MOOC on single mothers.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Malaysia)

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia’s eighth public university, is committed towards nation building via the churning out of knowledge workers who are thoughtful citizens capable of handling the complex challenges of our common future – confidently, competently, and creatively. UNIMAS has received the MS ISO 9001:2000 certification for excellence in its core management processes and the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Status for its role in developing manpower for an emergent world.Research initiatives at UNIMAS are focussed on the conservation of the natural resources of the state, through combined strength in computer science and IT, with expertise in molecular biology and biotechnology, have effectively synergized several collaborative research, both locally and internationally. The cultural diversity and social uniqueness of the state Sarawak communities offer numerous opportunities for inter-disciplinary studies to study the influence of environmental factors and socio-cultural practices on the interactions of developments relating to the bridging of the digital divide, particularly in remote rural communities.

UNIMAS’s commitment to research has already been recognized by the stakeholders and partners in the industry by the association with over 30 rural communities across Malaysia. For its enterprising work with rural communities, UNIMAS has been the recipient of the Premiere Information Technology Award from the Malaysian Government, in the “Bridging the Digital Divide” category of AFACT’s eAsia Award. It has also won the Industry Innovators Award for System Development and Application from the US-based Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), for its success in its social informatics programme for remote community of Bario, Sarawak, to assist the community in communication, education, e-commerce, health and government services.

Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia)

Universitas Brawijaya (UB) is one of public university in Indonesia, located in East Java and founded in 1963. UB envisions itself to be a world-class entrepreneurial university through continuous improvement in the quality of learning process, research, and community service with stringent of national and international guidelines. The university has around 60.000 students and rank in 6 among the top 11 universities in Indonesia in 2015. UB has received the ISO 9001:2008 certification for the provision of higher education academic supporting activities.UB has been actively involving in numerous collaboration in the national and international level. Since 2001, UB’s lecturers and students have been actively participating and contributing in SOI (School on Internet) Asia project with Keio University, Japan and other universities/institutes in South East Asia. In the national level, UB had been actively involving in several MOOC/SPOC programs in INHERENT (Indonesian Higher Education Network) project in the period of 2007 – 2012 and earned several grants within INHERENT program to develop learning management system.

Distance Learning Unit and ICT Unit in UB are currently the main units working on the creation MOOC/SPOC materials. Since 2007, UB has been actively promoting the use of online and offline learning materials in its blended learning program within the university.

Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Indonesia)

Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Sam Ratulangi University, UNSRAT) is a national university in Indonesia, which is located at Manado city, the capital city of North Sulawesi province. The North Sulawesi province is situated at the northern tip of Sulawesi island near the sea border between Indonesia and Philippines. UNSRAT was established in 1961 and until now has opened 11 faculties with 47 undergraduate, and 27 post-graduate programs consisting of Masters, Doctorate and Specialist levels. The number of students last year was 19,473 students which come from inside and outside North Sulawesi province. Currently the number of lecturers with doctorate qualifications has reached 40%, and those who have professional status (including professors) by 65%, and will continue to grow. Also, UNSRAT has been involved in various collaborations between universities, either inside or outside Indonesia. In the field of technology-based education (e-Learning), UNSRAT actively participates in SOI (School on Internet) Asia project with Keio University, Japan, and a number of universities across South East Asia since 2001. In the domestic scope, UNSRAT has been involved in the 7-in-1 Project funded by IDB (Islamic Development Bank) where one of the key activities is to develop e-learning activities among 7 universities in Indonesia. UNSRAT’s plays an important role to contribute to the government programs in alleviating poverty especially to the people who live in the small and outer islands in North Sulawesi province. Poverty is a challenges for the people who live in this area due to the lack of basic needs, infrastructures, and access to health services and education. In 2012 UNSRAT has been appointed by the government to become a partner university to develop the people in the small and outer islands through a number of sectors such as fishery, maritime and economy. Furthermore, in 2015 UNSRAT has started a collaboration project with the Ministry of Industry to build a Pusat IKM (Industri Kecil dan Menengah) or Small and Medium Industry Centre in UNSRAT campus.

University of the Philippines System (Philippines)

The University of the Philippines (UP) is the country’s national university. Since its establishment in 1908, UP’s mandate is to give “advanced instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences and arts, and to give professional and technical training” to every qualified student regardless of “age, sex, nationality, religious belief and political affiliation.”

The University is one of the 3 Philippine universities affiliated with the ASEAN University Network. It is the only Philippine university to be affiliated with the ASEAN-European University Network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

The University has both residential and distance (online, open) training programs for students (over 60,000). It also has interactive learning centres that support learning experiences in UP campuses and other locations. The University pioneers the use of learning management systems in the country.

Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

The Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation of the School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University. Established in 1960 by Frank Xavier Lynch, SJ, an anthropologist, the IPC advances the University’s mission and goals by generating knowledge that helps deepen the understanding of cultures and societies; improve the quality of life of disadvantaged groups; and build a peaceful, just, and equitable society in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world. Enjoying academic freedom, the IPC investigates what it wishes and publishes what it finds. The fulfilment of the IPC’s goals is anchored on research, the major focus of its activities. Two other principal areas of competence emanate from this knowledge base: capacity building and knowledge dissemination.Through its capability building programs, the IPC conducts seminars for and with local government units, national agencies, nongovernment organisations, people’s organisations, with focus on topics such as: social science research methods and methodologies; gender and development training; social and environmental assessment of projects; and the training of LGUs in the use of electronic tablets to record health information and diagnoses of patients; among others. Some of these programs have resulted in the production of research manuals, handbooks, and other training guides.