P.T.S. Chou

International organization of standardization (ISO) have developed many methodologies to help corporations to achieve compliance so that the quality of the products and services can be maintained and audited. Furthermore, the standards developed by ISO have been widely adopted and recognized by national standards authorities for the supervision of corporation products/services provided to consumers. However, how to successfully deliver the standard training to the organization so that ISO standards can be integrated and implemented in the routine work is always an issue. One effective approach is to achieve the goal through the resources and the support of the regular education system. In other words, collaboration between academia and national standards authorities can facilitate the implementation of the training program to the industry and relevant organizations. This paper would present the collaboration case studies between national standard authorities and universities in developing countries and developed countries. The collaboration contents range from the aspects of the value chain, the organizational function and the user end education while each education goal is aiming to achieve the safety, efficiency and quality consistency during implementation of these standards. The comparison studies of academia-national standard authorities collaboration between developing countries and developed countries would be discussed from the perspectives of education contents and collaboration models. In conclusion, there are mainly three collaboration models adopted in these collaboration case studies – multilateral collaboration, regional collaboration and bilateral collaboration, each of which differs in the extent of the involvement of academia. Besides, developed countries would focus more on the youth generation and new creation of standards while developing countries emphasize more on the corporate responsibility, national policy enforcement and international support.