ITC opens the road towards the Knowledge Society | SIVECO Romania

IT&C opens the road towards the Knowledge Society

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Bucharest, July 7th 2004 - The debate organized by the National Foundation for Science and Art and SIVECO Romania brings to the public attention a subject of great interest, the influence of IT&C over Education and Culture.

The concern for identifying new cognitive horizons and dimensions, broadening the access to the Romanian cultural heritage, transmitting this valuable legacy represents premises for education development in the 21st century.

Activating under the Romanian Academy patronage, symbol of the national spirituality, the National Foundation for Science and Art intends to be a dynamic element of the civil society, supporting the process of European cultural integration by offering practical solutions for science and art.

Organizing such debates contributes to increasing the Romanian society sensitiveness regarding the preservation and development of the national cultural heritage, but also to identifying practical, fast results solutions. The National Foundation for Science and Art recently obtained the status of Public Utility Foundation.

Leader in the IT solutions field, actively involved in the economic development at national level, SIVECO România is also aware of the responsibilities it has in socially and culturally supporting the community it belongs to.

"The society we are going to live in very soon-in a couple of years maybe- bears a name that may sound very unusual: "the knowledge society". We are already deeply involved in this essenssial transformation, which acts not only on society, but also on individual consciousness level", states Irina SOCOL, SIVECO Romania's General Manager.

The transformation is global and reaches all aspects of life, but there is no doubt that "knowledge society" has education as its basic cell. We are talking today about long life learning, interdisciplinarity and complexity, aspects almost invisible years ago, which now become fundamental.

The star of the beginning of the century, the educational software is an area of expertise in full development which triggers changes not only in education, but also becomes a commercial product ready to define its own market- extended far beyond school borders.

SIVECO Romania's involvement in project, programmes, educational policies can be considers a best practice in the field of public - private sector cooperation.

Thus, the eLearning platform chosen by the Ministry of Education and Research as the backbone of the software applications within the IT-Based educational programme for undergraduate studies (SEI) insures all high school pupils of Romania's access to the latest technological discoveries of the 21st century.

Looking at the future adherence to the UE and alignment of the educational systems to European standards, IT&C plays a leading part in educational content area as well as its involvement in the teaching/learning process.

Nevertheless, education is much more than just information transmission, involving personality and behavior modeling. This is the reason why, simultaneously with the implementation of IT labs, SIVECO Romania started the Virtual Center for Excellency Initiative SIVECO Romania, where a series of activities with educational impact which has as stimulation of interest and creative participation of all the people involved in the didactic process as a goal. The Virtual Center for Excellency SIVECO Romania hosts at present two major competitions for the young who are passionate for educational software: SIVECO Cup and ".Campion".

A creation effervescence example, the educational software contest SIVECO Cup, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research, is at second edition this year and is growing more popular. The contest is dedicated to mixed teams, made up by teachers and pupils from all over the country, who compete in creating electronic lessons for all subjects of study. The results are amazing, and it's obvious for everyone that many of these young people will become specialists in this field.

"I think that the most important contribution brought by AEL is the democratization of the education system", says Irina SOCOL. "The fact that the pupils themselves are developing educational content (approved by the Ministry of Education) turns them from passive users into contributors to the modern education process. Besides, by free access to these IT tools, equal chances for all the pupils in all the schools are insured. Whether they are in the countryside or in cities, in poorer or richer areas, in the AEL lab pupils have equal rights to access lessons and experiments. If in the traditional school system, experiments stood for expensive substances or tools, inaccessible to some of the schools or pupils, the virtual labs are available for everyone."

The Virtual Center for Excellency is also involved in sponsoring actions, as the ones for the Economic Informatics Department within the Academy for Economic Studies (Bucharest), The Balkan Olympiad in Informatics 2003, National Olympiad in Informatics 2004, or financially support for the Mathematics Faculty team who qualified for the ACM final in Prague this year, and many others. 

The knowledge society is not a dream or a fantasy, but the way opened by the IT&C era.

About the NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND ART

The foundation is a Romanian organization, independent, nongovernmental, non profit and non political. It acts under the high aegis of the Romanian Academy.

In reaching its main goal, the Foundation has the following main objectives: 

(a) Organizing events, national or international scientific seminars;  

(b) Administration of the publications it intends to edit;  

(c) Conjectural studies programmes;

(d) Relations programmes;  

(e) Editing books, magazines and other artistic or scientific publications;

(f) Organizing conferences for the important public persons from Romania and abroad;

(g) Establishing special scholarships given by the Foundation to researchers, specialists and students. The scholarships will be granted after a contest, on the basis of a Set of Rules, set by the Foundation's Board of Directors;

(h) Consulting activities for educational, scientific or artistic activities organized by public institutions, non governmental activities or MASS MEDIA;

(i) Performing analysis of the scientific activities in the country and yearly publication of the results, support for top priority research projects;

(j) Supporting the European cultural integration process and offering solutions in the fields of art and science;

(k) Organizing non profit economic activities for fundraising, in order to insure the Foundation's activity;

(l) Consulting for the educational contests, scientific or artistic activities organized by public institutions, nongovernmental organizations and MASS MEDIA.

The Foundation conceives and organizes its programmes in such a way that it can contributes to the development of these areas.