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Supporting Student Mobility is impossible if we don't recognize our students

Mattias  Holmlund
TrackTrack 3 Nautica Room
DescriptionThe increased digitalization within the higher education sector has reached international student exchange. The student should be in full ownership of their information, in order to facilitate electronic exchange of student records and applications. With the established federations in place, a solid foundation for secure exchange with trusted identities is available. The EC funded projects, EMREX (Field trial on the impact of enabling easy mobility on recognition of external studies) [www.emrex.eu] and EWP (Erasmus Without Papers) [www.erasmuswithoutpapers.eu] is in the forefront of these developments. The projects’ goals are to enable electronic transfer of student information for exchange studies. The partners in these projects include all the major suppliers of student information systems in the Nordic countries, as well as other substantial partners in Europe.
There are some issues with the current federation and local policies that needs to be addressed and discussed. One is the expiry of student accounts. When a student has finished his/hers studies abroad, the account can in some cases expire within a few weeks after the course has ended and the student is then unable to log in and retrieve information back to the home institution.  
Another issue is the usage of national personal identifiers. When a student is registered for a course at a host institution he/she normally gets an interim or temporary identifier connected to the achieved results. How can an administrator at the home institution be assured of that it is the same person that took this course when an exchange has been made and the achieved results wants to be credited for?
This presentation will introduce the EU projects above and discuss the raised problems stated with the current federation policies and hopefully also get members of NORDUnet interested in future collaboration.  

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