Dr. Tian Belawati is currently the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia Open University) in Indonesia and the Secretary General of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU).
She has been working in the field of distance education since 1985 and for the last 10 years has focused on distance learning technologies for learning support systems. She has written many papers for national and international conferences and academic journals on such themes as conceptual design of an ICT-based management system for Universitas Terbuka, a supermarket model of distance education to enhance equity for quality higher education, the utilization of fax-Internet integration technology for distance education, mediated counseling services to increase student persistence in distance education, and the use of technologies in education in the Asia and Pacific region. At present she is also the deputy coordinator of the IDRC-funded PANdora project. Dr. Belawati has a Master’s in Management of Distance Education from Simon Fraser University (Canada), and a doctorate in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia (Canada).