ISTQB® has the vision of defining and maintaining a Body of Knowledge which allows testers to be certified based on best practices, connecting the international software testing community, and encouraging research.
To proceed with the vision, ISTQB® has the mission to nurture an open international community, committed to sharing knowledge, ideas, and innovations in software testing. Therefore, there are several initiatives to enhance the relationship between ISTQB® stakeholders with academia.
We want to encourage progress in our profession, by incorporating new research from academia and by cooperating with industry software testing professionals.
ISTQB® decided to compile and publish several information on our website, namely:
There is also an ISTQB® Academia Partner Program that recognizes educational institutions and academic faculty with a demonstrated commitment to software testing research and to promote the testing profession.
ISTQB® compiles and promotes on its website, a set of conferences with scientific, academic or pedagogic specialization, focused on Testing and/or Software Quality. It is either organized or recognized by an ISTQB® Member Board or by ISTQB® Marketing Working Group.
The “Conference Network” is different from the “Conference Network – Academia”. The former is focused on Industry Partners and on conferences where the program includes at least one official ISTQB® presentation which includes the ISTQB® status, perspectives and product portfolio. The conference will provide a discount for companies that have subscribed to the Partner Program.
By contrast, the “Conference Network – Academia” is focused on scientific, academic or pedagogic areas. For more details, look here.
The Compendium is a list of papers and research conducted by Academia that must:
The Compendium aims to promote a closer relationship between Academia and Industry, so that organizations can locate some fields of innovation, which can be explored jointly with Universities. Therefore, ISTQB® recognizes papers and research that:
No, there are some rules to follow, namely:
ISTQB® has an independent review team that evaluates each application before it is included and published on ISTQB® website.
One way to foster the partnership with the Academia Network is to share good practices already in place. The Academia Dossier is a compilation of country-specific good practices that promote interactions of ISTQB® stakeholders with Academia.
The Dossier offers possibilities for other countries to adapt and adopt these good practices, and is a platform on which to collaborate.