Prof. Song Mingshun (centre) received the first ISO Award for Higher Education in Standardization on behalf of the China Jiliang University, People's Republic of China. On his left is Mr. George Arnold, ISO Vice-President (policy) and Chair of the selection committee and on his right, ISO President Håkan Murby.

The China Jiliang University, People's Republic of China, is the first winner of The ISO Award for Higher Education in Standardization. The inaugural award was presented today at the 30th ISO General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof. Song Mingshun, Dean of the College of Management, received the award on behalf of the university for its undergraduate programme on standardization. Mr. George Arnold, ISO Vice-President (policy) and Chair of the selection committee which had unanimously designated the China Jiliang University as the winner, said that the committee was particularly impressed by:

- the objectives and breadth of the programme;
- the efficiency and the diversity of the pedagogical tools developed and used in the programme;
- the follow-up of the students and the fact that they have taken up positions in very diverse organizations and industries.

The award comprises a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize of 15 000 Swiss francs. It is co-sponsored by ISO and the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), the ISO member for Japan.

The China Jiliang University was one of six finalists. The other educational institutions were from Egypt, France, Republic of Korea, Japan and the Netherlands

ISO announced the creation of the award in 2006 to encourage and recognize successful programmes in higher education on standardization. The ISO Award aims to raise awareness of the importance of standardization worldwide by supporting institutions of higher education that have developed and implemented successful programmes related to standardization as a tool to access world markets, transfer technology and promote good business practice and sustainable development.

The award selection committee consists of eminent international personalities from academia, the economic sphere and the media.

The next ISO Award will be made in 2009. It alternates with the Helmut Reihlen Award for young standardizers in developing countries and economies in transition.

The November 2007 issue of ISO Focus magazine will feature education in standardization.

ISO is the world’s leading developer of voluntary, consensus-based International Standards for business, government and society. There are more than 16 500 current ISO standards and related documents that specify the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, processes, materials and systems, and for good conformity assessment, managerial and organizational practice.