The Sixth EDEN Annual Conference

Second Announcement and Registration Information

Open and Distance Learning:
A bridge from the 90s to the year 2000 and beyond:
Achievements and perspectives

Technical University of Budapest, Hungary

23-25 June 1997

With the support of CRE

Programme Organising Committee

Professor Georges van der Perre, President of EuroPACE 2000, Belgium (Chair)

Professor Károly Kocsis, Rector, Acting Vice-President, National Council of Distance Education (Co-Chair)

Professor László Méray, Co-Chair of the Local Organising Committee, Hungary

Dr András Benedek, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Hungary

Professor Ladislav Cerych, Director, Education Policy Centre, Czech Republic

Mr Claudio Dondi, SCIENTER, Italy

Mr Marc Durando, Head of SOCRATES Technical Assistance Office

Professor Boris Galabov, National Centre for Distance Education, Bulgaria

Mr Kari Lampikoski, Director of Research and Development, Institute of Marketing, Finland

Dr Gottfried Leibbrandt, National Commission for UNESCO, The Netherlands

Mr Richard Lewis, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Student, Tutorial and Regional Services, Open University

Profesor Valery Meskov, Deputy Chairman, Russian State Committee for Higher Education

Professor Michel Moreau, Rector, CNED, France

Mr Ed Prosser, DG for Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Affairs, European Commission

Professor Jacques Vauthier, Co-Chair of the EDEN-EADTU Joint Task Force

Mr James Wimberley, Head of Higher Education Section, Council of Europe

Dr Christel Claeys, LINOV, KU Leuven, Belgium (Assistant to Programme Chair)

Ms Judy Frankl, Executive Secretary, EDEN


Budapest will be the venue of EDEN's seventh annual conference, and marks the return of EDEN to its beginning, when, in May 1990, shortly after the momentous political changes in Central and Eastern Europe, the Technical University of Budapest hosted the first pan-European meeting of distance educators. This meeting launched the Budapest Platform, which was EDEN's predecessor. During the 1990s, significant processes and changes have occurred in open and distance learning characterised by its expansion, diversification and the rapidly increasing recognition of ODL alongside mainstream education. International co-operation and the growing impact of advanced technology have also been key features in ODL. This conference in Budapest offers a possibility to summarise the considerable achievements of ODL in this decade, identify the main changes and trends, and look forward to future developments and objectives.

About Budapest

Budapest, the 'pearl of the Danube', is two cities in one, divided by the Danube and and held together by eight picturesque bridges. On its hilly west side is historic Buda, with its skyline of spires, maze of cobbled streets, and medieval houses clustered around the gothic St Matthias Church. High on Fisherman's Bastion, there are glorious views down to Pest on the Danube's eastern bank. This is Budapest's cosmopolitan centre housing the Hungarian Parliament and laid out in a network of elegant boulevards full of shops, restaurants and a bustling cultural life. Situated on the west bank of the Danube, the Technical University of Budapest, founded in 1782, is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Hungary, and is now one of Central Europe's most important research centres.

Cultural and Social Programme

Included in the fee for registered conference participants are the Welcome Reception in the famous Hotel Gellért, Gala Dinner on the River Danube, and a city sightseeing tour.

Included in the fee for accompanying guests are the Welcome Reception, the Gala Dinner, a city sightseeing tour and a half day tour to Szentendre. Optional tours are also available, and reservations should be made on the accompanying hotel and programme reservation form.


Please find details of accomodation on the hotel and programme reservation form. Special rates have been negotiated for EDEN conference participants. If you would like to reserve a room, please complete and return the ttached form to the DER Travel Agency/Congress Dept. Deposits have to be paid in advance.


The Technical University of Budapest is situated very centrally on the Buda side of the city, with easy access by bus and tram. An excellent minibus service is also available from the airport to the city.


Institutions or companies are invited to book a space in the exhibition area, which will be open to all delegates. Please indicate if you would like to reserve space on the delegate registration form. Exhibition space is free for delegates. Other companies should contact Professor László Méray, Tel/Fax: +36 88 422 103 for further details and prices.

Conference Programme (provisional)

Sunday 22nd June

Optional sightseeing

12.00-20.00 Registration

20.00-22.00 Welcome reception in Gellért Hotel

Monday 23rd June

8.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.30 Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony will include: Árpád Göncz, President of State, Hungary (tbc), Péter Kiss, Minister of Labour, Hungary, Mária Honti, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, and Chair of National Council of Distance Education, Hungary, Hans Beck, Head of Delegation of European Union

11.00-13.00 Keynote addresses: 'ODL in the society', by Prof. Kristóf Nyíri, Member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Director of Institute of Philosophy, Hungary.
'The European Union and its role and impact on ODL', by Prof. Ruberti, Universita di Roma 'La Sapienza'

13.00-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30 Panel Discussion (1) with invited panelists:

1. Information bridges: advanced technology in ODL
2. Bridges in Europe: Networks in Europe, new partnerships, East West collaboration, PHARE support in DE
3. Distance, openness, flexibility: diversification of ODL

16.00-17.30 Parallel Sessions (1):

1. Global Collaboration in ODL
2. Development and Use of New Technologies in ODL
3. Quality, evaluation and assessment in ODL
4. The use of ODL to cater for the needs of specific target groups

17.30-18.30 Poster Session (1): National Cases

Tuesday 24th June

9.00-10.30 Plenary Session. Keynote address: Human resource policies and practice in Europe

11.00-12.30 Parallel Sessions (2):
1. Trans-European Collaboration in ODL
2. Collaborative learning and Computer Communication
3. Educational research in ODL
4. Continuing Education and Communication using ODL

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Panel Discussion (2) with invited panelists:
4. ODL in information society: new applications, institutional structures, new clients and shareholders of ODL
5. ODL in EU programmes: impacts and achievements
6. ODL methodology, quality, research

15.30-16.30 EDEN General Assembly

17.00-18.30 Panel Discussion (3) on NAP activities

17.00-18.30 Poster Session (2): European Collaboration and Projects

20.00 Gala dinner on the River Danube

Wednesday 25th June

9.00-10.30 Parallel Sessions (3):
1. Dual mode vs Single Mode in Higher Education
2. Skills needed for Distance Learning and Teaching
3. Language Learning through ODL
4. ODL in Health Care

11.00-12.30 Plenary Session: followed by keynote address: subject and speaker to be confirmed.

Closing remarks

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-Optional sightseeing

Guest Programme

Tour A/C/J, 22 June 2pm, 23 June 9am, 5 June 2pm
Budapest Sightseeing Tour (3.5)
Free for registered delegates and accompanying guests

Starting from the Main Entrance (looking to the Danube) of Central Building (Building K) of the Technical University of Budapest

This sightseeing tour introduces the capital's most attractive features, including the Heroes' Square with its Millenium Monument, Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion in the Castle area.

Tour B, Sunday, 22 June 9am
Tour to Eger (8 hours)

Participant will visit the interesting historic town of Eger, well-known for its fortress, Turkish Monuments and numerous wine cellars. The tour includes a visit to the medieval Eger Castle, lunch and wine tasting.

Tour D, Monday, 23 June 9am
Tour to Szentendre (5 hours)
Free for registered accompanying guests

Bus tour to the scenic Danube bend. Sightseeing in the artists' village of Szentendre, with its charming narrow streets and quaint little churches. Visit the famous Margit Kovács Museum of Ceramics (entrance fee is included).

Tour E, Monday, 23 June 8pm
Hungarian Folk Evening

This cheerful evening starts in a traditional wine cellar restaurant. There will be a special Hungarian menu, Gypsy music, and a folklore programme. (Dinner and drinks are included) Bus transfer.

Tour F, Tuesday, 24 June 9am
Hollókõ - the UNESCO World Heritage village (8 hours)

Bus tour to Hollókõ, the only village designated by UNESCO as a cultural world heritage. The village is famous for its folk architecture, costumes and has a pictoresque location in the Cserhát hills. Population: 650. The "Palóc" folklore sho and lunch are included.

Tour G, Tuesday, 24 June 9am
Tour to the Danube Bend (7 hours)

A day-trip along the Danube River. Visit Esztergom, the residence of the Hungarian Archbishop, a walk around the Medieval Castle of the Hungarian kings, and a stopover in Visegrád, a historic settlement which was the other favoured residence of Hungarian kings. Visit Szentendre, a little picturesque town. Lunch included.

Tour H, Wednesday, 25 June 9am
Parliament and National Gallery (4.5 hours)

Guided tour by bus. Visit the Parliament building interior, unless it is in session, followed by the National Gallery in the former Royal Palace on Castle Hill.

Tour I, Wednesday, 25 June 9am
Balaton (8 hours)

Lake Balaton, the Hungarian Sea, is the largest freshwater lake in central Europe. Due to the friendly climate and mild water, Lake Balaton is a perfect summer resort. Visit the old Abbey in Tihany, village museum. Lunch included.

For further details and enquiries

Programme, registration information and Registration Form:

EDEN Secretariat UK
PO Box 92, Milton Keynes MK7 DX, UK
Tel: ++ 44 (0) 1908 654147
Fax:++ 44 (0) 1908 654374

Hotel and Tours:

Ms. Rosi Kovacs, DER Travel Agency / Congress Dept.,
Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 12, H-1051 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 266-6977
Fax: +36 1 266-6132

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