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Thematic Areas - Education

Standards permeate our everyday lives. Any product and service we use is built on the basis of one or many standards. Be it a simple coffee machine or a complex energy plant, “there is a standard for that!”.

More importantly, standards help build a safer and more sustainable and resilient planet Earth. This is why it is so important to make sure that new generations are aware of what standards and regulations are and how they can be used to meet global goals and targets.

The UNECE WP.6 elaborated a “model programme” on standardization containing a minimum set of issues to give a student a general understanding of the major standardization, regulatory and related issues relevant to the activities of business and of regulatory and administrative authorities. (UNECE model programme on Standardization (ENG, FRE and RUS))

UNECE WP.6 role in education on standards-related issues
In 1970, the UNECE Government Officials Responsible for Standardization Policies, the predecessor of WP. 6, developed Recommendation I that urged governments to include standardization in the curricula of educational institutions.

To revise the text of Recommendation the discussions were held at the UNECE Workshop on “Introducing Standards-related issues in Educational Curricula” which took place on 8 November 2012 in Geneva in the framework of the WP.6 22nd annual session. More than 80 delegates and experts from about 20 countries and around 10 international and regional organizations representing academia, standards bodies, ministries of education and business adopted a new version of Recommendation I (“Education on standards-related issues”) (ENG, FRE, RUS) and agreed on the importance of promoting and teaching standardization through elaborating coordinated approaches and building on existing national best practices. The group of experts (START-Ed Group was created to advance the work on the subject.

UNECE WP.6 education related deliverables and tools

  • Educational modules under UNECE model programme on Standardization (ENG, FRE, RUS)
  • International trade (ENG  RUS)
  • The benefits of standardization to society (RUS)
  • Management system standards (RUS)

Self-learning Recourses

E-courses
Simulation exercise “Setting Standards”, to register and to take course follow the link.

Training offered by national standardization institutions

Programmes and Courses offered by universities

*The list has been compiled by the Secretariat and offers some examples of courses and programmes on standardization.

It does not claim to be exhaustive. Member States and Universities are welcome to contact the secretariat regulatory.cooperation@unece.org to suggest corrections and/or additions.