is a consortium of universities and schools around the world who will
provide subjects in Software Engineering (SE) to students globally via
distance learning, primarily using asynchronous modes such as the Internet.
Members have established programs and/or degrees in software engineering,
and have agreed to make one or more subjects in SE available via the World
Wide Web of the Internet. Membership in ISEUC is entirely voluntary and
may be terminated anytime.
There is a lack of qualified software engineers to address the dramatic
worldwide growth in Information Technology (IT), and the supply of Software
Engineering (SE) programs available where required is not keeping up with
the increasing demand for qualified SE professionals.
Because of the high demand for SE professionals, institutions of higher
learning (hereafter just called “universities”) have an opportunity
to increase enrollment and revenues while continuing to develop SE-specific
curriculum and subjects for students. These resources can be efficiently
leveraged using Distance Learning technologies and processes to expand
the reach of universities to a global student body as well as local students.
The International Software Engineering University Consortium (ISEUC) will
provide access for software-intensive industries and their global sites,
involving renowned international universities. ISEUC is based on international
best SE education practices, accreditation standards, credit programs
and professional education.
The objectives include:
1. Increase the number of Software Engineering professionals
2. Enhance the skills of existing professionals from many disciplines
3. Facilitate cross-discipline training and awareness for management
Distance Learning subjects originating from “primary” universities
coupled with traditional face-to-face aid from close-by “associate”
universities, an effective hybrid program of web-based asynchronous and
synchronous interactive learning modes can be fashioned to benefit the
consortium participants, the students, and the industries that rely upon
These are broad categories on which many effective and world class Software
Engineering curricula are based:
- Project Management
- Capstone Projects
- Ethics and Professionalism
- Tools and Environments
Most recognized SE curricula already have subjects in place that fall
within the categories above. Also, implementation of Distance Learning
programs for many of these subjects has already taken place at some universities.
Delivery / Learning Modes: This consortium would drive distance
learning using both asynchronous and synchronous learning modes.
- Asynchronous: Web-based system
- Synchronous: Face-to-face/video conference/chat/interactive sessions
Individual subjects could transfer from the primary university. They could
be packaged into certificates (3-4 subjects with a specific focus), as
well as on a stand-alone basis. Those subjects taken for professional
development would typically be short subjects.
Benefits for Consortium Participants:
1. As a “primary” university, additional students would
enroll in existing SE DL subjects
2. New Distance Learning SE subjects may be developed for additional
university revenue from a worldwide population of students.
3. Participation as an “associate” university would also
1. New state-of-the-art subjects from universities world-wide would
be available from which to choose
2. Asynchronous mode for most of subject: “any” time and
3. Synchronous mode, when required, is available via mediator from
associate university closer by
4. Single Point of Contact (POC) via ISEUC
b. enrollment at any ISEUC member university
c. payment for subjects taken for credit, with reimbursement from
industry employer, when the student is employed
1. Additional qualified SE professionals
2. Added breadth and depth of professionals
3. Better accessibility to academic centers of SE
The consortium will require activities to be performed. These functions
4. Single Point of Contact (POC) for students, e.g., ISEUC serves
as portal for students who take subjects from several ISEUC members,
e.g., University of Queensland (Australia), Texas Tech (U.S.), University
of Wales (UK), and McMaster University (Canada)
5. Soliciting recommendations from ISEUC members and from Professional