Issue 38 – May 2012
Malaysia sees standardisation as an important instrument for both economic and social development. An educational drive on Standards was launched with the aim to increase awareness of, and knowledge about, Standards and standardisation.
As a starting point for stimulating standardisation activities in the country, Standards Malaysia organised a workshop on the 'Development of education about standardisation' for developing countries in Kuala Lumpur, in December 2011. The workshop was a collaborative platform to exchange and disseminate information.
The objectives were to get an update on the current state of knowledge; promote the importance of education on standardisation to universities and to industry; initiate international joint research and publications in this domain; and improve the image of standardisation among all stakeholders.
Workshop speakers emphasised not only the need for standardisation education, but gave practical advice on implementation, by using modern concepts like design thinking and games. The first winners of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Award for Higher Education in Standardization were China Jiliang University, Hangzhao, China (Prof Song Mingshun) and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Dr Henk de Vries), shared their experiences.
Representatives from industry, academia, and the government also took part in the workshop, as did consumer groups and Standards bodies. A presentation was made by Dr Che Azlan Taib, a quality management teacher focusing on the ISO 9000 series of Standards at the School of Technology Management and Logistics, College of Business, University Utara Malaysia.
Summarised from ISO Focus+, March 2012.
- AS/NZS ISO 9000 Set Quality management systems Set (Contents are: AS/NZS ISO 9000:2006 AS/NZS ISO 9000:2006 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary, AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements, and AS/NZS ISO 9004:2011 Managing for the sustained success of an organization – A quality management approach