International Cooperation

EWP 2.0 - Erasmus Without Paper

The EWP 2.0 is a follow-up and upscaling project to the first Erasmus Without Paper project, which set up a pilot of the network and worked out basic scenario APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to the systems of 7 partners, thus demonstrating a proof of concept.

The Erasmus without paper network is an integrated communication network (a kind of student data internet), supporting the exchange of student data in an electronic format. It has defined the basic connecting software modules (APIs) that allow SIS (Student Information Systems) or Mobility Packages (the software that takes care of Bilateral Agreements, Learning Agreements, Transcript of Records and other documents) to connect to the EWP Network. Such SIS and mobility package software is now provided by either commercial companies, developed by (semi-) public consortia or in-house-built by a HEI itself. The first EWP project has already made it possible for all of these SIS types to communicate with each other, using a pilot data standards and protocols for a number of basic scenarios. All three types of users are in fact represented by full partners in the project consortium.

The first EWP project has primarily developed a framework and common data standards for interoperability between HEI systems and produced a prototype. The aim of the EWP 2.0 project is to upscale the prototype EWP Network and industrialise it, making it ready for a European-wide roll-out. Smaller HEIs, which do not use any sort IT system for managing student data, will be catered for through the creation of the EWP Hub, an online platform allowing for the use of the EWP Network. Furthermore, a Competence Centre will be established to support a widespread adoption of electronic administrative workflows.

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Period: 2018.01.01 - 2019.12.13
Number: 590192-EPP-1-2017-1-LU-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD


EMREX - Field trial on the impact of enabling easy mobility on recognition of external studies

EMREX is the solution for electronic transfer of student records between higher education institutions in Europe. The project addresses the EU 2020 target that 20% of higher education students should be mobile. The biggest benefit of EMREX will be the increased availability, quality and reliability of information about student records of achievement information.

The EMREX field trial aims at testing new ways to make the administration of student mobility easier and thus promoting higher attainment level to student mobility in higher education and also encouraging more effective recognition of prior learning and avoiding overlapping studies. In the first phase the transfer will be set-up between four Nordic countries and Italy.

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Period: 2015.01.01 - 2017.12.31
Number: 388499-EPP-1-2014-2-FI-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY


EWP - Erasmus Without Paper

The project aims to define and work out a pilot for an electronic ‘EWP Network’, an integrated communication network supporting the exchange of student data in an electronic form, and to build connecting software modules (connectors) that will allow SIS (Student Information Systems) and/or Mobility Packages (the software that takes care of Bilateral Agreements, student applications, Learning Agreements, Transcript of Records and other documents) to the EWP Network. Such SIS and mobility package software is now provided by either commercial companies or developed by (semi-) public consortia or even in - house - built by an HEI itself. The project will make it possible for all of these SIS types to communicate with each other using common standards and protocols. All three types are in fact represented by full partners in the project consortium.

The consortium of 11 partner institutions composed of public institutions, higher education organisations, and companies from 8 European countries with a dissemination potential to over 400 HEIs from 36 European countries along with 11 associate partners have taken up a bottom-up initiative to influence the HEIs to exchange student information for mobility programmes fully in an electronic way by providing an evidence-based feasibility study with different use case scenarios and the practical solution to build connect all existing systems in one network.

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Period: 2015.11.01 - 2017.10.31
Number: 562264-EPP-1-2015-1-BE-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD


e-Quatic - Online Quality Assessment Tool for International Cooperation

Since the beginning of the Erasmus programme there has been a huge expansion in the number of international agreements of many higher educations. In recent years, however, more and more the focus is on quality in international cooperation. The question is: how can we monitor the quality of cooperation objectively?

Within Ghent University this recently led to the development of an internal tool called Quality Assessment Tool for International Cooperation (QuATIC). This tool measures and exposes strengths and weaknesses in international cooperation. The main principle of QuATIC is the use of quantified indicators based on available data taken from various data sources. By converting quantitative and descriptive data into figures, cooperation with partners at different levels can easily be analysed.

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Period: 2015.01.01 - 2016.12.31


Egracons - European GRading CONversion System – Practical Approach to Improving ECTS Implementation in Europe

The Egracons (European Grade Conversion System) project is a Lifelong Learning project (2012-2015) co-funded by the European commission aiming to facilitate exchange mobility by working out a conversion system based on ECTS grade conversion tables as recommended in the EU's ECTS Users’ guide. The project aims to build up a wide-spread awareness and common understanding of the different grading systems in Europe and to enable an accurate interpretation of grades (or marks) given abroad, leading to a fair and manageable conversion of these grades to a local grade in the home institution. The results of the project will therefore benefit students, academic staff, the administration and even future employers. In order to be able to reach its objectives the project is mapping grading practices in countries and individual institutions on the basis of an extensive questionnaire filled in by institutions all over Europe leading to a full description of the grading systems in use in Europe. It is also developing an online, web based Egracons tool that will allow direct and automatic conversions of such grades on the basis of annual, statistically-based grading tables supplied by individual institutions as part of an overall database.

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Period: 2012.10.01 - 2015.10.01
Number: 527554-LLP-1-2012-1-BE-ERASMUS-ESMO



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Period: 2008.06 - 2011.09


EUROWEX - University Administration services by using Digital Signature

EUROWEX system allows university professors to manage the transactions regarding midterms and final exams via Web digitally signing the prepared documents. Based on the general UNIQUE architecture, it is part of a general environment developed by Unimatica for applying digital signature in the administrative sector. More specifically the implemented services are related to:

  • exams recording,
  • exam organizations,
  • lecture recording,
  • final exams recording,
  • inter-EU students academic exchange.

Different universities even within the same country have different ways of handling the same problems. The adaptation of the existing services to the different environments/countries is one of the main aim of the project, by taking in consideration difference of languages, regulations and existing databases. The system will allow a real cross-border integrations of academic institutions thanks to the possibility of passing exams in a country and having the result recorded in another. Adaptations (“localization”) to the local needs will include:

  • languages,
  • integration with local “digital signature” providers and standards,
  • different documents workflow,
  • different local rules and regulations,
  • interfacing the existing University database.

The Market Validation will be carried out in several Universities located in four countries (Italy, Spain, Poland and Romania), with the main objectives of:

  • validating the “localized” versions of EUROWEX,
  • ”tuning” them for the specific needs,
  • interfacing the system with the existing administrative databases.

Period: 2006-2008