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EUNIS and GÉANT sign Memorandum of Understanding on joint cooperation

EUNIS and GÉANT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly support the dissemination of standards, IT policies and best practices for the use of information technology in education and research.

Dr Raimund Vogl, the President of EUNIS (European University Information Systems) and Erik Huizer, the CEO of GÉANT, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference in Lisbon. The Memorandum results from synergies in the activities of both organisations, which will continue co-operation on the common goals. The objectives include the dissemination and promotion of high quality infrastructures and services to support the activities of education and research institutions in Europe, as well as contribution to innovation and excellence in information technology for education, research and administration.

“I am looking forward to a wealth of joint activities with GÉANT to share best practices and to work together on projects and research for information systems in higher education. Renewing our long-standing cooperation dating back more than a decade with this MoU will be a very positive signal to our respective communities!” – states Raimund Vogl.

“The GÉANT community is delighted to extend its collaboration with EUNIS, together continuing to drive forward information technology in higher education, to best support Europe’s students and scientific future”, adds Erik Huizer.

Both EUNIS and GÉANT aim to bring together the leadership of research and education institutions, information technology leaders, directors of computing services and of national research and education networks (NRENs), from European universities and other organisations to explore new directions in information technology for education.

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community. For more information visit www.geant.org

 

The new EUNIS logo!

EUNIS was celebrating its 25th anniversary at the 2018 Annual Congress in Paris. That’s a proper time for making summaries and outlining plans for the future. To mark this special moment EUNIS decided to adopt a new logo. Its concept has been accepted at the EUNIS General Assembly in Paris, and we are happy to share it with you now!

It is based on the isotype inspired by the map of Europe resembling connections between universities and HE institutions which EUNIS aims to enhance.

We would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to SIGMA  Gestion Universitaria, a long-time EUNIS member from Spain, for its invaluable support in designing the logo.

EUNIS at CRUE meeting, Almeria, Spain

EUNIS President, Dr Raimund Vogl has presented the EUNIS achievements at CRUE meeting in Almeria, Spain.

The seminar on Management and Government of IT in Universities is held on 24-25 May 2018.

The Sectoral Committee on Information and Communications Technologies of the CRUE Universidades Españolas (new brand of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities) was created in 2003.  Its role is to advise in the field of information and communication technologies to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of Spanish universities and promote cooperation among them.

Read more at the event web.

2018 elections: call for candidates to the EUNIS Board of Directors

EUNIS 2018 General Assembly will be held on 7th of June (Thursday) 2018 during the EUNIS Congress in Paris. All official representatives of EUNIS Members are entitled to take part in the meeting. This forum is where all the decisions related to the EUNIS’ structure and organisation are made and updates from the EUNIS Task Forces and Board are presented. The General Assembly has two other very important duties: the election of EUNIS members to the EUNIS Board and approval of the EUNIS budget that will be presented by the Treasurer.

The representatives of European Higher Education and Research institutions (regular members) having paid their annual fee, take part in the voting and elections to the Board.

In June 2018 the 3-year service of four Board Members will come to the end:
  • Mr. Raimund Vogl, University of Münster, Germany (the President of EUNIS)
  • Mr. Tomasz SzmucAGH University of Science and Technology, Poland (the Vice-President of EUNIS)
  • Mr. Bas Cordewener, Jisc, UK (Board member)
  • Mr. Mikael Berglund, Umeå University, Sweden (Board member)

Mr. Vogl, Mr. Szmuc and Mr. Cordewener are candidates to their re-election. The biographies of all Board members can be found on the EUNIS website.

All the above have the opportunity to be re-elected, but we are actively soliciting new candidatures to the EUNIS Board among the regular members – especially since one current board member is not running for re-election. If, as a regular member representative, you are interested in putting forward your candidature to act in the Board of Directors of EUNIS, we kindly ask you to send an email by close of business on Tuesday 22nd of May 2018 with a short biography, photo and the motivation of your interest to: Jean-Francois Desnos, EUNIS Executive Secretary: jfdesnos@orange.fr.

EUNIS 2018 Congress – meet the keynote speakers

EUNIS 2018 Annual Congress will take place on 6th – 8th of June 2018 in Paris, France. Meet the keynote speakers:

  • Andrew Cormack, Chief Regulatory adviser at Janet (UK)
  • Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Professor of Computer Science at Sorbonne University (France)
  • Dragan Gašević, Professor at the Faculty of Education, Monash University (Australia)
  • Dr. Serge Goldstein, Associate CIO for Academic Technology Services, Princeton University OIT (US)
  • Catherine Mongenet, Professor in Computer Science, Director FUN-MOOC, the French National MOOC organization (France)
  • Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Nottingham Trent University (UK)
  • Ed Simons, Radboud University, the President of euroCRIS (the Netherlands)
  • Nicole Engelbert, Vice President, Higher Education Development at Oracle
  • Nicolaas Matthijs, Product Manager for Ally at Blackboard
  • Bernard Ourghanlian, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer for Microsoft France
  • Peter Szegedi, Senior Cloud Services Manager, GÉANT

Read more here and register at the Congress website.

Don’t miss the pre-Congress workshops and seminars that are held on 5th of June: 

  • Designing learning experiences in a digital age
  • Student Mobility for the digital age

Read more and book your place here.