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Med Net ‘U - mediterranean network for unified distance learning (University and vocational training level)

The skills and technologies of the educational model of the International Telematic University received a strong in-put from the Project Med Net ‘U, inserted in the UE programme EUMEDIS, in which numerous Euro-Mediterranean Universities had the opportunity to collaborate during the period from 1 September 2002 to 30 June 2006. Within this project, the Consortium NETTUNO had the coordinating role of the horizontal activities (General Management and Dissemination Activities) and was engaged in the management of the “Technological Architecture” sub-project implementation.

In the following section there is more detailed information on the Project:

Web Site of Project

The European Commision Program

The first contractor
NETTUNO - Network for the University Everywhere

The Med Net'U Project aims at creating a Distance Euro-Mediterranean University for a continuing University and Vocational Training Learning for the purpose of:  

  • Promote an enduring dialogue with the Euro-Mediterranean region in order to understand and share skills related to the Information Society and to start an interaction and cooperation with the world of higher education and training;
  • Contribute to social and economic development of the countries involved in the creation of a technological multilingual platform for distance learning with unified methodologies and technological solutions;
  • Develop teaching processes targeted at the specific needs of the partners.

In particular, the Med Net'U aims the following specific objectives:

  • Launch a process of harmonisation of the Euro-Mediterranean educational and training systems through the adoption of a common methodological and technological strategy;
  • Identify the criteria to effectively adapt the courses that are already produced from NETTUNO to the needs of the Mediterranean Universities;
  • Realize Distance University courses aimed at the training of academic and technical staff and the use of new technologies;
  • Create a common technological platform to carry out distance teaching and learning processes.


Structure of the project: the project was divided into three main sub-projects:

  • Sub-project Didactical Technological Architecture, that relates to the creation of the Network structure from a Technical and Managerial point of view (creation of the structures and training of the technical trainers, technical production and transmission - satellite TV and Internet via Satellite - of the teaching modules);
  • Sub-Project University that relates to the education of university professors and tutors, the pedagogical framework and the design of teaching modules for the University users;
  • Sub-Project Continuing Vocational Training (VET, Vocational Educational Training) that relates to the training of VET professors and tutors, the pedagogical framework and the design of teaching modules for VET users.

The three sub-projects will be managed and coordinated with the support of vast numbers of horizontal actions relating to: General Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dissemination Activities, Planning of Future Activities after the funding phase
The NETTUNO’s Role
As the first contractor, the NETTUNO coordinates the horizontal activities of the project (General Management and Dissemination Activities) and manages the “Technological Architecture” sub-project implementation, in particular:

  • activities of the technical-scientific committee;
  • standardization of the technologies used in different Production Centres and Technological Poles;
  • training of the technical staff;
  • equipment of Production Centers
  • equipment of Service Centers;
  • equipment of Receiving Centers;
  • adaptation of  the existing courses to multi-language version;
  • web-site development.

The Nettuno participates also in the activities of the other two sub-projects as a member of the ad hoc scientific committees.
September 1, 2002 - June 30, 2006

Institut Supérieur de Gestion et de la planification
Université Djillali Liabes de Sidi-bel-Abbes - Algeria 

Cairo University 
Helwan University 
Egyptian Association Incubator 

Fondation Sophia Antipolis 
Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble 

Aegean University 
University of Crete 

Politecnico di Torino 
Istituto per il Mediterraneo 
Consorzio per la Formazione Internazionale 

Management and Technology Consulting Group 

Jordan University of Science and technologies 
Yarmouk University 

Ecole National Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse des Systèmes 
Université Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech) 
Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Formation Professionnelle, du Développement Social et de la Solidarité 
Université Ibn Zohr 
Université Mohamed V - Souissi 

University of Aleppo 
Damascus University 
Syrian Virtual University 

Ministère del'Education et de la Formation Professionnelle 
Ministère des technologies de la communication et du Transport 
Institut National de Bureautique et de Micro-Informatique 
Université de Tunis El Manar 
Université Virtuelle Tunisienne 

Ege University