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Integrating standardization into engineering education: the case of forerunner Korea


The Republic of Korea is a forerunner in integrating the topic of standardization into engineering education at the academic level. This study investigates developments and evolutions in the planning and operating of the University Education Promotion on Standardization (UEPS) in Korea. This paper examines why the Korean government initiated the UEPS, how the UEPS has operated, and what the educational content of the UEPS program is. This study of the UEPS may serve as a benchmark of how to incorporate technical standards into science and technology education at both the national and individual university levels. Some implications and considerations for the future introduction of similar courses in other countries are discussed.

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    For details, see Choi and de Vries (2011), pp. 118–120 as well as Fig. 2.

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    Some of the recent workshops include “ISO/KATS workshop on Cooperation between National Standards Bodies and Universities,” held 7–9 May 2012 (Gerundino 2012); and “International Workshop on Development of Education about Standardisation for Developing Countries,” held 6–8 Dec 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Kasim (Ed.) 2011).

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    For instance Chung-Ang University has a graduate school course for information and communication technology (ICT) disciplines since 1998 (Kwon 2009).

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    Because some universities operated multiple UEPS courses in different divisions or campuses, the total number of courses is calculated as the sum of the UEPS courses open each semester.

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    For details, please see Fig. 2 in p. 118 (Choi and de Vries 2011).


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Choi, D.G., de Vries, H.J. Integrating standardization into engineering education: the case of forerunner Korea. Int J Technol Des Educ 23, 1111–1126 (2013).

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  • Technical standards
  • Standardization
  • University Education Promotion on Standardization (UEPS)
  • Korea