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Global Business Competition for College Students

The Capstone/Foundation International Challenge, a worldwide Internet-based business management contest for college students, began this week. The contest is based on the Capstone and Foundation business simulations, and involves students from the 500 colleges using these programs for management education. The students form teams to manage simulated corporations, making decisions in research and development, marketing, production, human resources, and finance. Each simulated corporation competes with five other corporations for eight simulated years. The winning teams achieve the highest profits, sales, market share, stock price, and other measures.

Students from all over the world can participate without needing to travel. Previous winners and their schools are listed online:

Conferences on Higher Education This Week

Stanford Graduate School of Business is sponsoring a conference on the "Future of Content." The keynote speaker will be Yair Landau, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Scheduled panels include: "Are the Economics of Entertainment Killing Creativity?" and "Value Creation and Capture in the New Broadcast World: Who Will Call the Shots?" The conference takes place Sat., April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will host its annual conference April 6-12 in Charlotte, N.C. The conference will focus on issues affecting higher education, including librarian recruitment, funding, and technology issues. The program will also tackle student assessment, online privacy, and how best to teach students to find valuable resources in print and on the Web.

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Northern Ireland Awards HP $100M eLearning Project

Last week Northern Ireland’s Department of Education awarded Hewlett-Packard Co. a $100 million contract to provide and manage Classroom 2000 (C2K). C2K is a 10-year government initiative designed to provide a single infrastructure to connect up to 350,000 learners—virtually every student from university down through primary school in the country. HP plans to design an adaptive system that will enable schools to accommodate future technology requirements. HP picked Amaze and Hyperwave as partners to work on the C2K project.

ITU to Help Displaced Silicon Valley Technology Workers

The International Technological University (ITU), a Silicon Valley-based technical institution, said it will offer 20 scholarships to qualified applicants, as well as launch a "fast track" 12-month master’s degree program for students who want to graduate in less time. This program will be offered to students to complete master's degrees in computer, electrical, and software engineering, as well as business administration. The school said it was offering the resources to acknowledge "tough times that have hit Silicon Valley," whose Santa Clara County has lost 191,500 jobs in the last two years. The 20 scholarships will range from $1,000 to $10,000.

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Other Deals, Awards, Contracts in Higher Education

ELEARNING SYSTEMS—LaSalle University selected the WebCT Campus Edition course management system to enhance traditional classes with online components and to create the school's first distance-learning offerings. The system will go live in the fall with 30 courses augmented by Web content, chat capabilities, newsgroups, quizzes, white boards, and other tools. These will include courses in communications, social work, the arts, and business. The school will also use WebCT to create a fully online, yearlong program to certify nurses in special wound care.

GRAPHICS SOFTWARE—Virginia Tech’s department of mechanical engineering received a donation of graphical development software LabVIEW from National Instruments Corp. All junior-year mechanical engineering students will receive licensed copies of the software. The students can use LabVIEW to configure virtual instruments (VIs) and acquire, analyze, and present data for a variety of applications from calibrating a pressure transducer to opening a soda can. Users can create VIs for lab assignments.

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