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Seoul Accord 2008

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Overview: Under the initiative and leadership of six Founding Signatories-ABEEK (Republic of Korea), ABET Inc. (USA), ACS (Australia), BCS (United Kingdom), CIPS (Canada) and JABEE (Japan)-the Seoul Accord was launched on December 6th, 2008 with the aim of establishing mutual recognition of equivalent professional preparation for graduates of educational programs in the Computing and IT-related disciplines accredited by the member agencies that will lead to enhanced mobility of professionals. On June 20th, 2009 the Seoul Accord, Signatoryship of which is open to all equivalent accreditation agencies and/or institutions worldwide, was joined by two more Signatories-HKIE (Hong Kong China) and IEET (Chinese Taipei).

Participants and Signatories: The eight signatories of the Seoul Accord have joined together for the primary purpose of contributing to the improvement of computing education worldwide through the mutual recognition of accredited academic computing programs that prepare graduates for professional practice.

  • ABET, Inc.- 2008
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering Education in Korea (ABEEK)- 2008
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)- 2008
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT- 2008
  • Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)- 2008
  • Institution of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET)- 2009
  • JABEE- 2008
  • The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)- 2009

Organizations holding providional status include:

  • Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL)
  • Consejo Nacional de Acreditación en Informática y Computación, A. C. (CONAIC)
  • Engineers Ireland (EI)
  • Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand (ITPNZ)
  • Malaysia Board of Technologist (MBOT)
  • The PCS Information & Computing Accreditation Board (PICAB)

Mission, Goals, and Achievements:

The Seoul Accord is a multi-lateral mutual-recognition agreement among agencies responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level computing and IT-related qualifications. Membership (called being a signatory) is voluntary, but the signatories are committed to development and recognition of good practice in Computing and IT-related education. The number of signatories is expected to grow, and the activities of the Accord signatories are intended to assist growing globalization of mutual recognition of Computing and IT-related qualifications. Guiding Principles:

  • The Accord is based on mutual respect for the autonomy of its signatories.
  • There will be transparency to the accreditation systems of the signatories and to the educational systems to which the accreditation systems are oriented.
  • The signatories will be autonomous and free from governmental or other external influence on the accreditation processes.
  • The Accord should avoid any perception that it is arbitrary and capricious in its practices and policies, including admitting members and applying rules of membership.
  • The Accord should work to become recognized as the international authority on quality assurance for education in the computing and IT-related professions.
  • The Accord will promote and develop best practices for the improvement of education in computing and IT-related disciplines.
  • The Accord should continually review its policies and procedures to ensure that they are relevant and reliable indicators of the future of computing and IT-related technologies.
  • The members of the Accord will be accreditation agencies, not countries.

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