RSM continues to lead in education in international standardisation

Professor of Standardisation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) Knut Blind is the new Chair of the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization (ICES) for the next year, and will organise the next ICES conference in October 2016, in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Standardisation is the process of developing and implementing technical and service standards, which helps companies to maximise compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, or quality. ICES aims to promote education about standardisation and to improve its quality and attractiveness.

An economic asset

Education about standardisation is becoming more important as a strategic-economic asset, and RSM professors have appeared on the world stage to share their knowledge. Two RSM professors took part in the recent 2015 international standardisation conference in Seoul, with Prof. Knut Blind charting his recent findings in standardisation research, and presenting his ideas for teaching standardisation, as well as Henk de Vries, Associate Professor of Standardisation at RSM and a former ICES Chairman himself, describing how ICES has evolved since it began 10 years ago.

Education helps industry

In the 10 years since its formation, ICES has stimulated others to take action, resulting in better ideas and a better approach to education and teaching materials, explained Henk de Vries. The organisation has helped international industries to define what they need from education about standardisation, as well as demonstrating the benefits of using standardisation knowledge and skills to support innovation, international trade and societal goals such as environmental protection. This has led to initiatives to stimulate education about standardisation in many countries, and has increased education in standardisation all over the world. The Republic of Korea, China, Japan and Indonesia are the leading exponents of education in standardisation.

Letter of appreciation

During the recent conference in Seoul, Dr Henk de Vries was presented with a letter of appreciation in recognition of his contribution and leadership of ICES by Mr Soo Hyun Baek, Chairman and CEO of KSA, the Korean national comprehensive knowledge service provider for standardisation, standards, quality, certification and training.

In addition to being the new ICES Chairman for the forthcoming year, and RSM’s Professor of Standardisation, Knut Blind also holds the Chair on Innovation Economics at the Technical University in Berlin.

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