Nº 10 2013 > Academia — Innovating for society
Collaborate with ITU–T to advance standards education worldwide!
ITU–T and academia join forces
Recognizing that students of today will become the experts driving the standardization processes of tomorrow, Malcolm Johnson, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) established the Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education. The group’s aim is to investigate academia’s approach to standardization in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), with a view to increasing the weight assigned to this subject in academic curricula. The group, which was set up in 2012, has also started to identify actions that ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU–T) can take that would aid its academic membership in this endeavour.
The secretariat of the group invites universities and experts in the field to take the lead or participate in any of the actions identified so far. The work plan for the group includes collecting information on standardization courses currently offered worldwide; identifying leading academic institutions interested in education about standardization, and exploring collaboration efforts; detecting any gaps in standards education; developing a standards tutorial and finding academic members that will contribute to it; and setting out a strategy for the development of materials for education about standardization, as well as identifying common requirements.
The results of all the actions taken by the leaders in these areas up to May 2014 will be presented at the group’s next meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2014, on 3–5 June, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. Practical ideas contributed to the Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education will be published in ITU News and the Journal of ICT standardization.
The group includes representatives of ITU–T, academia and other standards-development organizations interested in collaborating to advance standards education worldwide. Participation is open to all interested parties, including non-members of ITU, free of charge.
In the context of the activities of the Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education, the term “standards education” relates not to technology-focused topics, but rather to education on the importance of standards to the ICT sector and, by extension, to the operation of businesses and economies at large. ICT today underpin almost all commercial activity, and it is essential that we familiarize students with ICT standards-development processes, how standards strategies are planned and business case studies demonstrating the importance of international standards to industry.
For more information, including terms of reference and details on how to subscribe to the mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org), please see the Ad Hoc Group on Standards Education’s web page: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/academia/Pages/stdsedu/default.aspx.