Welcoming Speech 2

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Welcoming Speech

Co Host of ETWC 2016:

Rector of Universitas Terbuka

Prof. Tian Belawati


I extend a warm welcome to all of the distinguished speakers and participants of the 2016 Educational Technology World Conference (ETWC) which is supported by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT). As Rector of Universitas Terbuka (UT) or the Indonesia Open University, I am pleased to co-host ETWC 2016 as it provides a unique opportunity for educators, experts, researchers, scholars as well as policy makers from all over the world to convene and share ideas on crucial issues and trends in educational communication and technology development. This conference also aims to establish network and international collaboration amongst universities in Indonesia and in the USA, as well as to facilitate publications of research by Indonesia scholars in international journal. I am grateful to all the renowned speakers and delegates for their participation that makes this conference possible.

Universitas Terbuka is the one and only open and distance education institution in Indonesia which was founded in 1984. For more than 30 years, UT has been the leader in open and distance learning (ODL) in Indonesia with a mission to make higher education open to all Indonesians. UT has been able to deliver quality education to over 300.000 students throughout the Indonesian archipelago and overseas by the integration of appropriate technology into its learning system.

The advancement in information and communication technology has enabled UT to make many innovations to better serve its students and other stakeholders. The integration of technology in education is inevitable and educational institutions should embrace it so that quality learning can be delivered with ease and efficacy. Thus, as an ODL provider that is very well aware of the significant role educational technology has in the provision of learning, UT is honoured to be able to co-host this conference.

I would like to thank Universitas Negeri Jakarta as host and Universitas Mahendrata as well as Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha for their great collaboration in the holding of ETWC 2016. May this conference be an eventful forum for the participants and please take some time to also enjoy wonderful Bali.

I wish you all a wonderful time at the Educational Technology World Conference.


Professor Tian Belawati

Rector of Universitas Terbuka