Academia / Education
Standardization is not a private cluster reserved for engineers.
Standards, their impact on citizens' daily life and on businesses competitiveness,
have a wider reach than just the world of technical experts.
Lawyers specialised in trade can only benefit from knowing more about the existence of the European Standardization System and its way of functioning, as standards are an important player for products to enter the European Single Market, and are an important topic in international trade.
We also need new experts and researchers to get more involved in standardization discussions on new technology trends.
CEOs have everything to win from knowing more about standardization in order to enhance the competitiveness-edge of their company. Besides, European consumers are always more selective and want to make informed choices on the products they buy. They are also more aware of their environmental footprint. Standardization has the potential to address a number of emerging consumer issues. Company-owners can foster the leadership of their business in knowing more about standards and ensure the compliance of their products with legislation requirements. European standardization brings important economic advantages and is consequently an important strategic tool for business, and thus CEOs and decision makers.
Therefore, fostering the involvement of academia in standardization is essential. Future lawyers, researchers and managers need to be educated on standardization in order to understand better the involvement and benefits of standards for European and international trade, innovation and competitiveness.
Hence, CENELEC promotes the inclusion of the topic of standardization in education programmes (science, engineering, business and law degrees, MBAs, etc.).
Joint Working Group on Education about standardization
Following the publication of the European 'Council conclusions on standardization and innovation'
(Brussels, 25 September 2008), CEN and CENELEC, together with ETSI, have taken action and created a Joint Working Group at European level to improve overall awareness and exchange best practices on the topic.
The Working Group hopes to professionalise education in standardization and increase the number of people who have a fair and positive knowledge of standardization, its characteristics and its added value.
The JWG-EaS is pleased to have observers from the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat as well as ISO and IEC.
The JWG-EaS has drafted a policy for the European Standards Organizations and their members and will continue to contribute toward its implementation.
The Working Group wants to provide a forum to foster best practice in education about standardization in Europe by:
- creating a network of national members interested in education about standardization;
- providing a concerted policy on education about standardization in order to maximize the benefits amongst the National Standards Bodies in Europe and abroad;
- gathering best practice to convince governments and regions, academia, companies etc. of the value of education about standardization and propose appropriate actions;
- establishing and maintaining appropriate contact with other activities relevant to education about standards, for example the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS) and the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization (ICES)
- setting up a 'repository' of tools and materials concerning education about standards and standardization.