ETSI launches new education programme for the next generation of ICT standards professionals

Sophia Antipolis, 8 February 2022

ICT standardization plays an important role for interoperability and innovation and its practice remains a topic that is not easily accessible. To try to remedy this situation and prepare the next generation of standards professionals, ETSI has developed comprehensive teaching materials on education about ICT standardization. With this programme ETSI leads ICT standardization education, bringing the expertise of its global membership from various sectors.

Written by a team of professors, researchers, and standards professionals, the first edition of the textbook was published in 2018 with the support of the European Commission and the EFTA Secretariat. We are now launching a fully revised and enriched edition of these teaching materials. These are targeted at third-level education, primarily for students of engineering or scientific subjects. The book and the slide set are structured in a modular form so that components can be used in business or law courses, or the whole can be used as a course on standardization in engineering degrees.

Due to the rapid technological advances in ICT, ICT standardization seems to become increasingly restricted to the expert, while remaining mysterious to the non-expert. Thus, the textbook is an attempt to remove the accessibility barriers related to the understanding of ICT standardization. The 1st Edition and the associated slides have already been used by many universities and students throughout Europe including Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.  

Our aim is to cover the essentials of the field of standardization and the ICT-specific aspects, while additionally conveying our passion to the topic” state the authors. Members of ETSI and involved in other standardization bodies, they are lecturers at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the University of Genoa, Italy, the Spanish National Distance Learning University and Telecom Evolution, Paris, France.

Standardization is not merely a technical subject, but a key business driver in the ICT industry and beyond. We hope the release of this material will help engineering, business, law schools and universities around the world to include more and more classes on standards in their courses” says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General.

ETSI also provides lectures to students with partners such as the Technical University of Berlin and the EC-funded TeamUp5G project and is keen on developing new partnerships to foster education about standards.

The textbook and a comprehensive set of slides are available from the ETSI website free of charge at

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