Eunis Elite Award

Goal of the EUNIS Elite Award

The main purpose of the EUNIS Elite Award is to recognize and promote best practice in some aspect of the use of information systems in higher education in Europe. The competition  will:

  • recognize excellence
  • stimulate wider awareness and use of information systems in research, administration and community service in institutions
  • encourage best practice

Submissions for the Award may come from any area related to information systems, including for example: Portals, Identity Management, Administrative Information Systems.

Judging criteria

The panel of judges needs to see evidence of successful implementation. Entries will score well if they clearly show some or all of the following:

  • Demonstrable benefits to the target community
  • Efficiency and productivity gains
  • Innovation
  • Imagination
  • Collaboration
  • High levels of technological integration
  • Transferability to other organizations

Entries will not be restricted to in-house developments only. Solutions acquired elsewhere will also be accepted for consideration by the judges, but there must be clear evidence of original and imaginative use of the technology by the institution making the submission.

Rules for submission

All Full Members of EUNIS are eligible to compete for the Elite Award for Excellence, including institutions in national organizations in membership of EUNIS. Only one entry per institution will be accepted.

A member of the winning team must register to attend the Congress and be ready to present and preferably make a demonstration of the project.
The submission document for the Elite Award should describe:

  • The goals of the project
  • The environment in which the project takes place, including technical, administrative and financial constraints
  • The results of the project and its impact on the institution
  • The state of development of the project
  • Any planned further developments
  • The applicability of the project to other institutions

A brief summary of the project is also required.

Submission procedure and deadline

A full paper submission for EUNIS Congress (see call for papers) is requested and an indication of intention to submit an entry for the Elite Award contest at the same time.


The project team of the winning submission will receive an honorary diploma. The winner of the Award will have an invited slot at the Congress. The winning presentation will be put on the EUNIS web together with the previous winners.

2016 EUNIS Elite Award for excellence in implementing Information Systems for Higher Education winner was the paper: Interoperability between Information Systems of Portuguese Higher Education Institutions, by Lígia M. Ribeiro (Universidade do Porto), Rui H. Pereira (Instituto Politécnico do Porto), Osvaldo Pacheco (Universidade de Aveiro), Mário Bernardes (Universidade de Coimbra), Ricardo T. Martins (Universidade de Aveiro).

2015 EUNIS Elite Award for excellence in implementing Information Systems for Higher Education winner was: University of Münster and University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), “sciebo — the Campus cloud for NRW” by Raimund Vogl et al.

2014 EUNIS Elite Award for excellence in implementing Information Systems for Higher Education winner is: Manchester Metropolitan University (UK): Transforming the Student Experience: Manchester Metropolitan University’s EQAL Projectby Mark Stubbs

Previous Winners

1999: Oxford Brookes University (UK) pdf
2001: Helsinki University of Technology (Finland) and University of Porto (Portugal) pdf pdf
2002: London School of Economics (UK)
2003: Technische Universität Graz (Austria) pdf
2004: University of Manchester (UK) pdf
2005: Masaryk University Brno (Czech Republic) pdf
2006: Universitat Jaume I Castello (Spain)
2007: MUCI Consortium (Poland) pdf
2008 to 2010: no award
2011: AlmaLaurea Interuniversity Consortium (Italy) pdf
2012 : Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) pdf
2013: University of Porto and FCCN Portugal pdf