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China To Harness Net's Education Potential

Chinese and foreign institutions are jointly working on an effort to exploit the Internet's potential for long distance education in China, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

An official of the State Educational Development Research Center recently said that there was an effort to develop Internet education in China and that the objective of the plan was to provide education to anyone who had access to the Internet anywhere in China.

Hunan University and Zhejiang University are already operating online education programs, the official said.

In 1995, China launched an education and research network called CERnet linking all major cities with the capital city of Beijing, said a Ministry of Education official.

The official indicated that over a half million users visited CERnet but that it lacked the speed and resources needed to meet the requirements of the growing level of users.