World Standards Cooperation Academic Day 2011

Issue 26 – April 2011

An International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) Workshop on 27 – 28 June 2011 will be followed by a World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Day 2011 on 29 June 2011, in China.

The theme of the WSC Academic Day 2011' is 'Cooperation between Standards development Organisations and academic institutions'. The WSC Academic Day 2011 and the ICES Workshop 2011 aim to:

  • extend the network of contacts and partnerships between Standards bodies (national and international) and academic institutions
  • promote the interest in and initiatives of the standardisation community targeting academia
  • facilitate dialogue between stakeholders involved in standardisation and academic institutions
  • launch/develop new initiatives and projects about education and research, based on the cooperation between Standards bodies and academic institutions.

The WSC was established in 2001 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international Standards systems of, ISO, IEC and ITU.

The ISO, IEC, and ITU recognise the fundamental contribution that educational institutions can give on teaching what international standardisation is and what can be achieved through it. The three organisations are keen to support these institutions in their efforts and have developed a variety of initiatives contributing to encourage them to share their knowledge, experience and expertise in this domain.

WSC Academic Day 2011 intends to give continuity to the WSC Academic Week organised in Geneva in 2010. This initiative aims at promoting the dialogue and at fostering cooperation between academic institutions and the international Standards community so that tangible and measurable actions are identified and taken in the course of the next 12 months.

The ICES is a network of individuals and organisations interested in education about standardisation. The ICES was established at a meeting in Tokyo in February 2006 by people from industry, academia, and Standards organisations. The foundation of ICES was prompted by a common desire to promote education about standardisation and to exchange educational approaches and materials internationally.

For more information read the WSC Academic Day 2011 communication from the ISO Central Secretariat [302 kB PDF], or visit the ICES Workshop 2011 and WSC Academic Day 2011 website (

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