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New ISO Award Promotes Education in Standardization

New York, Dec 13, 2006

In a move to raise the profile of standardization and its importance to international trade and business practices, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched an award to encourage a positive appreciation of and involvement in standardization among the future workforce.

According to the ISO, the globalization of trade and widespread concern over such global issues as environmental protection, security and health have contributed to an increased demand on International Standards. New technologies in particular depend more than ever on standards that act as vehicles for their production and market distribution.

“Knowledge of the economic, technical and social importance and benefits of standards is becoming imperative in the curricula of future managers, scientists and technologists,” ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden explained.

The ISO Award for Higher Education in Standardization recognizes institutions of higher education that have successfully developed and implemented educational programs related to standardization as a tool to access world markets, transfer technology and promote good business practices and sustainable development.

The award is sponsored by ISO in partnership with the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC)—the ISO member body for Japan. To be presented every two years, the award comprises a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize of 15, 000 Swiss francs. The first award will be presented in September 2007 at the ISO General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Call for Nominations
ISO member bodies and correspondent members have been invited to nominate a team, group or department in an eligible institution of higher education for the ISO award. As the U.S. member body to the ISO, the American National Standards Institute is accepting nominations of qualified groups for consideration as candidates. Suggestions may be submitted to Mr. Stacy Leistner, director of communications and education (; 212.642.4931) by January 15, 2007. All nominations received will be reviewed by the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for a final decision.

For details on eligibility criteria, please review the ISO Award brochure. Nomination forms are available on the ISO website.