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WSC Academic Week Highlights the Importance of Standardization Education

Educating leaders of tomorrow about the critical role standardization has to play in a strong and successful future is a key global priority for the entire community. Earlier this month in Geneva, the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Week brought together representatives of national standards bodies, international organizations, industry, and academia from 30 countries to discuss the evolving relationship between standardization and academia.

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WSC Academic Week was conceived by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union during the 2009 ISO General Assembly. The three organizations sponsored the event, which took place on July 5-9, 2010.

Discussions during the week examined the various aspects of the multi-faced relationship between standardization and academia. University representatives from various countries presented their different programs for standardization education. It was acknowledged that as the level of standardization education continues to grow, so does the need to share information and best practices to ensure that university programs have the most current and accurate knowledge.

Attendees agreed that there is a growing need to strengthen education programs on specific standardization topics such as the economic benefits of standards, "soft skills" required to participate effectively in standards development, and the distinction and relationship between voluntary standards and public policy.

"It was clear that the WSC Academic Week created greater awareness on the need for standardization education," said Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General. "It also served to enhance linkages between the standards and academic community, which are beneficial to both parties and to other stakeholders, as a way to assist in tackling the issues of sustainability in an economic, environmental, and societal context."

For more information, see the ISO news release.


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