British Computer Society signs international agreement to improve IT’s status

The British Computer Society (BCS) has signed an agreement on joint working with its counterparts from Australia and Canada, in a step towards the creation of an international IT profession.

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The British Computer Society has signed an agreement on joint working with its counterparts from Australia and Canada, in a step towards the creation of an international IT profession.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by BCS chief executive David Clarke and pledges the organisation to collaborate for mutual benefit where possible with the Australian Computer Society and the Canadian Information Procession Society.

Clarke said: "Cementing closer ties with both these organisations underlines the BCS's commitment to raising awareness of the need for well qualified and capable information technology professionals for the benefit for the UK IT industry, but also for information technology industries around the world."

The three organisations have agreed to cooperate on the development of professional qualifications, products and services, in some cases swapping agreed technical data.

They will also look to run joint training, educational programmes, conferences, and staff exchanges. Representatives of the three organisations will meet regularly, either in person or electronically.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) president Philip Argy said: "Today's MoU is a crucial step towards ICT attaining its rightful status within the global community, alongside other high impact professions and industries such as doctors, lawyers and accountants."

CIPS president John Boufford added: "The closer ties between our professional associations will benefit all IT practitioners on a professional level. IT practitioners will have greater access to IT programmes, products and services on a global scale. The closer ties will also enable our organisations to work together on a unified front to address IT issues affecting our society today."

The BCS is also involved in a taskforce, backed by the International Federation for Information Processing, which is working towards an international accredited IT Professional status.

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