CIO University Network

The Asia CIO University Network organized in 2007 has been among pioneering initiatives of IAC. The network aims for IAC members to cooperate in standardization of CIO studies and training courses curricula in Asian region with the successful launching of CIO universities in IAC member economies such as USA’s George Mason University and Japan’s Waseda University as role models. IAC networking members which join hands in such initiative including Peking University of China, De Lasalle University of the Philippines, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne of Switzerland, Bandung Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Social Informatics of Indonesia, Yuan Ze University of Taiwan, Saint Petersburg of Russia, ESAN University of Peru, Thammasat University of Thailand, George Mason University of USA and Waseda University of Japan. Under this worldwide cooperation capacity, in later year of 2008 this networking CIO university has been elevated into an extensive scale of the so called “Global CIO University Network”. One of many important focus of the network is to set up “IAC International CIO University and Training Center Network”.

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CIO Studies Accreditation

The 4th IAC General Meeting, 2009, which concluded during the late month of June 2009 has resolved and marked-up some milestones for CIO community development, including establishment of International CIO Training Centers and as well as Global Accreditation Program for setting up Global Accreditation Center.

The IAC Global Accreditation Center (GAC) aims to promote and enhance the development and quality of CIO and Executive IT Leadership programs in developing countries. Through a network of partnerships with universities, private sector corporations, governments and NGOs, the IAC GAC develops metrics for quality, curricula and best practices for the CIO and Executive IT Leadership education field.

The IAC GAC supports CIO and Executive IT Leadership programs and their ongoing continuous improvement efforts by facilitating a voluntary peer review program evaluation process based upon these metrics. The IAC GAC further supports CIO and Executive IT Leadership programs by connecting program administrators and educators to colleagues around the world who have similar goals of providing quality CIO education consistent with meeting current and future e-Government challenges.

In addition, in order to boost the standard of CIO professionals, IAC has signed an Memorandum of Understanding or MOU with the United Nations University to set up a Global Resource Centre during the 2009 IAC 4th General Meeting in Bangkok.

The IAC Global Resource Center (GRC) aims to supplement the GAC efforts for regions and countries that are beginning to develop CIO and Executive IT Leadership programs in advance of accreditation. IAC is developing the GRC as part of the IAC GAC. The IAC GRC will address considerations of enabling policies, regulations and structures for CIO and Executive IT Leadership; and will champion the adoption of enabling policy, regulatory organizational and technology frameworks for cross agency and cross ministry coordination. The IAC GRC will also make available conceptual models for developing CIO and Executive IT Leadership programs; standard curricula for CIO education in the Public sector targeted at developing countries at different stages of e-Government and ICT Development; guidelines for tailoring standard curricula to local needs and circumstances; and educational modules to implement concrete curricula. The materials of the IAC GAC will be vetted and subject to standards on format and quality.

IAC members led by its present President, Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi and Vice Presidents: Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Auffret, Prof. Matthias Finger and Mrs. Jantima Sirisaengtaksin together with Honorary IAC President, Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong reflect their foresights to believe that the role of ICT has been highlighted as an enabler and a tool to effectively deal with the problems arising with the worldwide economic crisis by generating synergies in the management of productive activities. In the field of environment protection, “Green ICT” is proving to be a key component of the strategies by governments and industries to support an increase in productivity complying with the protection of the environment. In addition, ICT effectively can support efforts to improve living conditions worldwide. However, in order to fully utilize ICT, IAC members have reached to the conclusion during the IAC 4th General Meeting 2009 in Bangkok that further actions in the field of ICT capacity building are required. In addition IAC also resolved to endorse the following agenda and further actions

  • The MOU which was signed between IAC and UNU to collaborate within the context of CIO studies as well as related activities.
  • Support and improve the existing collaboration among academia, governments, business sectors, international organizations, and other related parties for the rapid development of e-Government as a tool to overcome the worldwide economic and environmental crises.
  • Strengthen the development and implementation of the CIO model by IAC endorsed by APEC around the world by supporting “International Accreditation Program for CIO studies” at a graduate level and adapting them to the particular conditions of countries/economies where these programs are implemented.
  • Continue with the existing research on the new roles for the CIO in an innovative approach, focusing on the main existing problems worldwide, economic and environmental crises, and the rapid aging of citizens.
  • Foster the development of “Green ICT”, in order to preserve the environment. This will be done by complying with the standards defined by the industry and international organizations. Support is also required for monitoring activities aiming at protection of the environment. In this context, Intelligent Transport System (ITS) is one of the very effective measures to overcome.
  • In a worldwide crisis context, the usage of ICT to support distance learning (e-learning) can enormously benefit developing countries by reducing the associated costs for education provision.
  • Universities have to play an active role by both creating and diffusing appropriate contents to be delivered by ICT. In this sense, we consider that:
    • ICT are not only an exclusive tool to provide distance learning solutions, but in addition, it is required to integrate the ‘traditional’ education models so as to give an additional education channel. The role of universities in proposing new education schemes is fundamental.
    • All the efforts put in using ICT for education are not going to be useful if there is not an appropriate training on the usage of ICT. To this extent, training programs and tutorials have to be adapted to the socio-economic conditions of the targeted communities.
  • The collaboration between governments and the private sector through PPP is necessary in a world economic crisis. Joint efforts can be beneficial to government, businesses and citizens as a new type of e-Community. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary to analyze the existing collaboration schemes and modify them if necessary in order to turn them more efficient.
  • Support the further development of the initiatives of e-Municipality and municipal e-Government to the next challenges of catalyzing economies development, urbanization and aging societies.
  • In order to allow continuous innovation the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is somewhat an urgent agenda. Experience show that countries/economies with an appropriate legal framework to protect IPR can enjoy the benefits of constant innovation and improvement of their quality of life.

Considering the benefits of the IAC 4th General Meeting 2009 in Bangkok, IAC members resolved to propose, conclude the IAC stances and to expose for other interested parties as followings:

  • To organize international conferences as the ideal space to interchange research outcomes as well as best practices and to discuss future trends related to capacity building and the role of the Governmental CIO through APEC e-Government /CIO scheme.
  • To establish a global green ICT network to analyze and monitor abnormal situations regarding ICT usage in the global society, with the collaboration among international organizations such as APEC, ASEAN, ITU, OECD and the United Nations University which can support the efforts in building a better world.
  • To include in the training program for CIO the necessary competences to deal with issues such as the economic and environmental crises as well as to highlight the importance of the CIO in an aging society.
  • To expand the activities carried out by UNESCO/UNITWIN (University Twining and Networking) on distance education (APDMEN), as well as the APEC ICT HRD training scheme.
  • To promote the Global Resource Center (GRC) as an extension of the “IAC Accreditation Program” for the CIO university network as well as to promote at the same time the creation of communities of practices as mechanism for implementation of the GRC.

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Background Information

Waseda University World e-Government Ranking was released for the first time since 2005 and conducted by a researcher team and staff of Waseda University. The methodology includes collecting related data and information from its organized survey, from international organizations such as ITU, APEC, OECD and etc. as well as from organizing international seminar and forum on e-Governance. The collected inputs are analyzed and synthesized accordingly to a certain set of indictors and parameters which evolve every year to fit the current development condition and situation. Certain areas with well-defined parameters to measure certain number of countries in the world include such as Network Preparedness, Required Interface, Functioning Applications, Management Optimization, National Portal, Introduction of CIO and Promotion of e-Government. Result of the rankings comprises of the overall scale and categorized area scales.

Waseda-IAC World e-Government Ranking Plan & Implementation

Tentative Phases for Implementation

Phase 1: Design of Name, Work Assignments and Team Members Phase

Phase 2: Implementation & Take off

Coordination

IAC President Office is center of coordination among Joint Researcher Team Members of Waseda-IAC World e-Government Ranking initiative.

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