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Oct 30 – Nov 1

The Sixth West Lake International Conference on Small & Medium Business
The WLICSMB is an important international conference on small businesses. Its basic objectives are to promote mutual relationships and provide business opportunities by developing communication linkages and networks among participating representatives from governments, academic communities, business & trade organizations, financial institutions and small businesses. The first WLICSMB took place in Hangzhou in October 1999. More than one hundred delegates from 16 countries participated in the conference. Since then, the conference has grown significantly.

WLICSMB’2004 – WLICSMB’2004 will last from Oct.30 to Nov.1, 2004 in Hangzhou, one of the seven ancient capitals of China which once praised as “The most beautiful and magnificent city in the world” by Marco Polo. Hangzhou sponsored its first West Lake Exposition in 1929, which had the same image as those of the Chicago Exposition in 1893, the Paris Exposition in 1900 and the Philadelphia Exposition in 1927. In 2000, Hangzhou successfully resumed the West Lake Exposition and since then the exposition has attracted people’s attentions from all society. West Lake Exposition 2004 will be holding from Oct.16 to Nov.6, 2004.

As an important item of West Lake Exposition 2004, WLICSMB’2004 will bring together researchers and practitioners around the world to discuss the latest research around the world and exhibit advanced technology & new products. During the conference, Knowledge Management for R&D Organisations held by National Institute of Science Technology And Development Studies, New Delhi, India, also will be discussed.

MAIN CONFERENCE TOPIC – SMB and Knowledge Management

Subtopics – The Role & Function of SMB ; Survival & Development Environment for SMB; World Trade Organization and SMB Development; Internet Marketing for SMB; Relations between Banker & Business and Financing Modes; Governments’ Support Policies for SMB; High-tech SMB and Venture Capital; SMB International Cooperation; SMB Human Resources Management and Development; E-business for SMB ; Small & Medium-sized Commercial Business and Chain Operation; Innovation of SMB; Knowledge Management ; R&D management ; Others.

Venue – Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China. The official language is English and Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation between English & Chinese will be available during all sessions. It will cost you additional charge if you need interpretation services with any other language.

General Secretary: Mr. Renyong Chi
Secretariat: Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Small and Mid-sized Business
Address: Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Small and Mid-sized Business,
Zhejiang University of Technology,
Chaohui Xinchun, Hangzhou, P. R. China, 310032
Phone: +86-571-88320618 , +86-571-85967115 — Fax: +86-571-88320618 — E-mail:


New online forum to discuss education and training issues

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) believes that Canadian secondary schools are so focussed on preparing people for the academic stream that they are not providing preparation for a vocational pathway. The topic “Pathways to Vocational and Technical Education” addressing the questions above will be the first issue tackled on a new Online Forum launched by members of the Canadian Alliance of Education and Training Organizations (CAETO. Further topics will be announced every four to six weeks.

The Online Forum ( is intended to be an exchange of ideas on national issues in education and training. Members intend it will act as a focal point to highlight exemplary practices and propose innovative approaches to a range of long-standing and emerging concerns. An external moderator will review contributions and summarize the discussion. Those summaries will be posted on the CAETO website. CAETO will undertake to bring the results of the discussions to the attention of relevant public or private sector organizations/agencies to move issues forward.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Human Resources Partnerships Directorate.
For further information, contact: Gail Larose, Secretary-General, CAETO, Telephone (613) 235-8570, Fax (613) 235-7420, E-mail

Jan 14th-16th/2005

Details to follow…

Jun 16-18

Conference Theme: e-Learning Magic

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB,

Conference Contact: Ingrid Stammer; Phone: 403-319-7245; Email:

Who should go?
Teachers & Trainers – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Staff developers – Curriculum specialists

The Interface 2004 conference theme, e-Learning Magic, will bring educators, administrators, and corporate trainers together through presentations, workshops, and networking in the following areas: – New ideas in analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning; – Innovative methods for the delivery of student services for e-learners; – Novel approaches to faculty professional development for e-learning.

Oct 14-17

From October 14-17th, 2004, the University College of Cape Breton will host the International Celtic Conference, Forging a Future for Celtic Languages and Cultures, under the direction of Robert Morgan, Laurent Lavoie, Hector MacNeil and Pierre Siguret.

During the 20th century, in America and Australia a significant number of languages have disappeared, the inescapable consequence of the assimilation since the seventies. The same has happened with the Celtic languages. Our conference is organized by four professors who wish to promote a genuine interest in Celtic languages. Professor Hector MacNeil teaches Gaelic language, Professor Robert Morgan is an historian, specialist of Cape Breton History, Professor Laurent Lavoie favours the maintenance of minority languages and teaches French and Professor Pierre Siguret is a scholar in French with an intense interest in Breton.

Call for papers: We are asking for papers from scholars from everywhere. The organizing committee will invite participants with the best proposals. Different applied methodologies will be presented around the question from psycho-linguistics, social linguistics, theories of language acquisition, community development and cultural promotion. Specialists of Celtic languages will be invited together with scholars on such threatened languages as Maorie and Mi’kmaq.

Entertainment: On each night of the conference there will be live entertainment: Celtic music, songs and poetry perpetuating the formidable GĂ idhlig heritage still surviving in Cape Breton and in the various Celtic countries of the world.

For further information or contributions to enhance the intellectual and economic success of the conference, you may visit our website at or email

Provided by Lonita Fraser


InfraEDUCA 2004 – June 25 – 27 – Pragati Maidan, New Delhi – The exhibition will be synergetic platform showcasing recent developments in Basic & Primary Education, Higher Education, Coaching Institutes, Specialised Courses, Vocational Training & Career Prospects, Distant Learning Systems, International Universities and Programmes, E-Learning Tools and Educational Kits, Computer Education, Government Schemes and Programmes etc. Details:

N.A.Web 2004 – Oct. 16-19 – Fredericton, NB, Canada – The Tenth Annual International Web-Based Teaching and Learning Conference – Details:

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