Signatories at the Annual Meeting in Melbourne
- Academy One, United States
- ACEI: Academic Credentials Evaluations Institute, Inc., United States
- AICE: Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc., United States
- ASHE: Agency for Science and Higher Education, Croatia
- CGFNS International, Inc., United States
- CIMEA - NARIC Italia (Associazione CIMEA), Italy
- Coimbra Group of Universities, Belgium
- Credentials Solutions, United States
- CSCSE: Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, China
- Duke University, United States
- HES: Higher Ed Services, Australia
- Learning Machine and Blockcerts, United States
- McGill University, Canada
- UK NARIC, United Kingdom
- University of Melbourne, Australia
- WES: World Education Services, United States
News and Resources
- GDN Signatories DUO, HEDD and INTCAS have initiated a pilot to improve the efficiency and integrity of data processes related to Dutch student mobility at select UK institutions. The GDN Task Force on "Empowering Cross Border Enrolment and Student Loan Portability" is coordinating the effort.
- GDN Signatory CHESICC participated in the UNESCO Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia-Pacific in Shenzhen, China from 15-16 Jun 2017. Learn more about the conference coordinator, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education.
- Erasmus without Paper covered the Groningen Declaration Network meeting in Melbourne, noting that the European Commission's Erasmus Unit sent a downloadable video message to recognize the effort.
- The Australian Government's Department of Education and Training reported on the launch of My eQuals during GDN's Annual Meeting: My eQuals gives students and skilled workers freedom of movement on global stage.
- In late May and early June, a delegation from new GDN Signatory Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) visited fellow signatories Verifdiploma in France and HEDD / Prospects in the United Kingdom. The delegation agreed to coordinate more ways to cooperate, as CSCSE is working hard to broaden its scope with students' qualification data organizations throughout the world. Last December, the Center signed an agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse in the United States.
- In the European Commission's official communication on a renewed EU agenda for higher education, the organization noted that it will simplify student mobility by building on existing Erasmus+ projects for the electronic exchange of student data, and explore the feasibility of establishing electronic student identification systems to allow cross-border access to student services and data. Read the full report here.
- In its 2016 Annual Report under the chapter on "Collaboration and Society," DUO noted GDN's significant accomplishments: Many DUO staff members routinely collaborate on a structural basis or incidentally with a large number of networks, comprising organisations from the educational sector, the government sector, from DUO's own ecosystem and from the business sector... The official public document is available in Dutch at duo-jaarberichten.nl.
- PESC (which recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary), announced the release of the Common Credential for Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas v 1.0 as a PESC Approved Standard effective 31 March 2017, ratified through PESC's development, approval and maintenance process. Now released and approved, the Common Credential XML Data Standard v 1.0 is expected to be used by any organization, school, college, university, district, state/province, and/or service provider to fully communicate degrees, certifications and other similar credentials obtained by the student. Learn more.
Upcoming Conferences and Recent Presentations
Building Momentum for GDN Ideals
- Accenture and Microsoft Plan Digital IDs for Millions of Refugees published on BBC, 20 Jun 2017
- Quality Assurance and Digital Student Data: A View from the Groningen Declaration Network published on LinkedIn by GDN Executive Secretariat Herman de Leeuw, 8 May 2017
- Supporting Student Mobility: The Groningen Declaration published by European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA), 1 May 2017
- It's Time to Build a GPS for Credentialing published by Lumina Foundation, 29 Mar 2017
- Personal Data Management - A Structured Discussion by Jacques Bus (Digital Enlightenment) and M-H Carolyn Nguyen (Microsoft): In the coming decade, a seamless integration of our on- and offline lives will be necessary for a sustainable digital society. This requires urgent multi-disciplinary debate on the collection, control and use of personal data in society. This paper proposes a framework that can be used to shape this dialogue.
- The Once-Only Principle aims at eliminating the administrative burden when citizens are required to provide the same information again and again to public entities. Instead, those entities should have the means to re-use information already supplied by citizens in a transparent and secure way.
- Internet of Humans - How we would like the Internet of the future to be by Roberto Viola, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission: A human centric Next Generation Internet shall reflect the openness, diversity and the inclusion that are at the core of European values. We want an open Internet that allows every citizen to interact and, from all walks of life, to take part in the online society. We want an internet that empowers citizens, not discriminates against them.