Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) becomes Canada's signatory to the Seoul Accord recognizing international accreditation standards for undergraduate programs in computing.
December 2008, Seoul, South Korea - The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) along with the IEEE-CS (United States), the British Computer Society (BCS, United Kingdom), JABEE (Japan), the Australian Computer Society (Australia) and ABEEK (Korea) has signed a historic mutual international agreement that recognizes the substantial equivalence of undergraduate computing programs accredited by these six professional organizations- a first in the computing profession.
The Accord encompasses programs in computing as a discipline in a broad sense and includes a wide variety of programs that use terms such as computer science, informatics and information and communication technology. The signatories have approved a graduate attributes policy document that defines the scope and standards for programs that are recognized under the accord. Membership in the Accord is voluntary, and it is anticipated that the number of new signatories will be growing steadily in coming years.
The Seoul Accord project was initiated by ABEEK in the fall of 2007, and is a multi-lateral agreement between these six agencies responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level computing programs, who have chosen to work collectively to assist in the benchmarking and mobility of computing professionals holding suitable qualifications.
CIPS has accredited undergraduate Computer Science and Software Engineering programs since 1982. These programs and their graduates will now benefit from international recognition under the accord.
"The agreement and the resulting standard that it creates, allows Canada to recruit that best and most well-prepared Information Technology workers from around the world. It also helps young Canadians who want to take their skills abroad," said Dr. Ken Takagaki, Dean of the School of Computing and Acting Vice-President Education, British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Accreditation promotes and advances all phases of computing education with the aim of promoting public welfare through the development of better-educated computer professionals. Accreditation fosters a cooperative approach to computer between industry, government, and educators to meet the changing needs of society and provides a credible, independently verifiable method to differentiate accredited programs from non-accredited programs that may not adhere to important industry standards. Accreditation also provides an opportunity to the educational institution for self analysis and improvement, and involves a commitment to continuous improvement.
"The Seoul Accord represents a major advance in the development of international academic standards that support the global IT profession, and reaffirms the high regard in which CIPS' own academic professional standards are held across the world," said Dr. Peter King, FCIPS, I.S.P., Director of Accreditation CIPS
CIPS is the professional association for Information Technology (IT) practitioners in Canada. Founded in 1958, CIPS is a non-profit organization, and a co-founder of the United Nations-founded IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) that represents IT professionals on issues affecting the IT industry and profession. CIPS is a dynamic organization focused on IT excellence through its work on public policy, setting standards within the profession and providing IT support to its community. CIPS offers the only professional IT designation, I.S.P., that is recognized by law* in Canada. For more information, visit: www.cips.ca.
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*The I.S.P. is legislated as a self-regulating designation in six provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Other provinces are working towards similar legislation through their provincial government.