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The Internationalization Of Software Engineering Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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International Collaborative Efforts

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7.1161.1 - 7.1161.8



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Barbara Bernal

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Sheryl Duggins

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The Internationalization of Software Engineering Education

Barbara Bernal Thomas, Sheryl L. Duggins

School of Computing and Software Engineering Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, Georgia 30060,


Given that software engineering is a very young discipline and is still emerging, how does the international community unite to precisely define what knowledge constitutes software engineering? This paper examines an ongoing international collaboration seeking a definition of the software engineering body of knowledge. The significance of the results of the project on current software engineering curriculum is investigated and the state of software engineering degree programs around the world is examined.


The software engineering discipline began when the term "software engineering" was first used in 1967 by a NATO study group to discuss "the problems of software" and popularized with the subsequent 1968 conference in Germany10. Over the last 35 years, the international software engineering community has made progress towards defining the discipline, with the last decade being marked by tremendous progress towards defining software engineering on an international scale.

The efforts of the Software Engineering Coordinating Committee (SWECC) are investigated along with the current impact of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) project. The purpose of SWEBOK is to identify the core body of knowledge necessary to define software engineering as a profession. The significance of the results of the SWEBOK project on current software engineering curriculum is investigated and the repercussions on future software engineering programs are examined from the viewpoints of international stakeholders from academia as well as industry. A report of the current software engineering international programs available and data regarding graduates and faculty of the programs is included. The debate on what knowledge comprises software engineering will be presented and the current state of international collaboration will be explored.

The challenges in identifying and characterizing the content of the software engineering body of knowledge were taken into consideration in the formulation and revision of Southern Polytechnic State University’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in Software Engineering. Our efforts in

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Bernal, B., & Duggins, S. (2002, June), The Internationalization Of Software Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10848

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