IEEE-CS Holds Software Engineering Workshops at ZPark

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 14 April, 2011 – The IEEE Computer Society recently held a series of workshops at Zhongguancun Software Park (ZPark) in Beijing to certify trainers and help raise the competency of software engineering in China.

The workshops were hosted by the Software Institute of ZPark, which serves as the official software training center for enterprise and research institutes inside the 139-hectare technology park, which is home to more than 180 enterprises and nearly 15,000 professionals. The Software Institute is one of the IEEE Computer Society Registered Education Providers (REPs) in China.

Held from 25-28 March, the workshops were led by Master Software Engineering Certified Instructor Tom Hilburn, Professor Emeritus of Embry-Riddle University. Two holders of the Computer Society’s mid-career CSDP certification, Jun Xu and Yonghong Zhao, became the first Software Engineering Certified Instructors (SECI) in China. Three additional CSDPs attended the workshop in preparation for becoming SECIs.

Nine candidates attended the CSDP training session. Five were from Advantech Beijing Institute, two were from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and two were from Northwest Polytechnical University. The CSDA workshop drew 30 attendees, including 20 from industry and 10 from Wuhan University and Southwest Jiaotong University.

As China transitions from a manufacturing to a services economy, the need for skilled software developers is expected to grow significantly. The IEEE Computer Society’s increased focus on China will help ensure adequate training for those future professionals. According to market-research firm IDC, the Chinese software market will reach US $8.7 billion by 2013, nearly double its size in 2008.

The Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential provides an important knowledge measure for recent graduates or those just entering the workforce, while the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) is tailored to validate the knowledge of mid-career professionals with years of experience in the software development field.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to http://www.computer.org.

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