Representatives of Ergonomics Societies from Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Taiwan came together at Taipei, Taiwan on the 16th and 17th of March, 2019 for a workshop on Professional Education and Standards under the aegis of the Asian Council of Ergonomics and Design (ACED). An observer from Brunei also attended the workshop, which was superbly hosted by the Ergonomics Society of Taiwan (EST).

The objectives of the workshop were to acquire knowledge about the current policies, programs and strategies for ergonomics educational systems in the different countries, to share best practices with institutions both at public and private level that are supporting educational institutions in establishing quality ‘human-in-loop’ management systems and practices, and to expand the opportunities for cooperation, networking and learning among institutions in the Asia Pacific region.

Each country representative reported on the Ergonomics education framework / model of their country, highlighting the current strengths, weaknesses, limitations and opportunities.

An amalgamated list of fundamental competencies necessary for an ergonomic education program was compiled, based on the different education programmes in each country and the three core competencies of HFE (Physical, Cognitive and Organizational ergonomics).

It was concluded that ergonomics education systems can be reformed to solve problems that are detected through learning assessments. A framework or model for ergonomics education system to solve the problems in applications through learning processes was proposed.

On the last day, the EST arranged for a tour of the Xinbeitou hot spring zone.