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EUNIS and IMS Global Learning Consortium sign collaborative agreement

Leading organizations will work together to advance high-quality Information Technology infrastructures and promote teaching and learning excellence across Europe

IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing edtech interoperability, innovation, and learning impact announced today a mutual agreement with the EUNIS (European University Information Systems), the association of information technology services in European higher education and research.
Under this agreement, EUNIS and IMS will collaborate to promote the existence of high-quality infrastructures and services to support the activities of education and research institutions in Europe. EUNIS and IMS will bring together leaders from European universities and other organizations to explore new directions and contribute to innovation and excellence in information technology for education, research, and administration.
Both organizations will share information about their activities and events that will be of interest to the other’s members. In addition, EUNIS and IMS will join efforts to disseminate standards, IT policies, and best practices for the use of information technology in education, research, and administration, in accordance with European regulations and guidelines.
“EUNIS is delighted to extend the collaboration with IMS Global in order to drive forward together, the adoption and impact of innovative learning technology, to best support information technology in higher education,” said Raimund Vogl, EUNIS President.
“As evidenced by growing IMS membership and strong leadership in IMS activities from European institutions and educational technology suppliers, the edtech community in Europe is instrumental in supporting the evolution and adoption of open standards,” said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “We believe this collaboration will result in better engagement and information sharing between IMS and EUNIS members, and substantive progress advancing innovative teaching and learning solutions for institutions across Europe.”

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About IMS Global Learning Consortium:
IMS Global is a non-profit organization that advances technology to affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS Global members are leading suppliers, institutions, and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS Global sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology.

About EUNIS:
EUNIS (European University Information Systems) is a non-profit association statutory governed by the French law. The mission of EUNIS is to help member institutions develop their information technology (IT) landscape by sharing experiences and working together. EUNIS fosters exchanges, cooperation, and debates between the entities responsible for information systems in higher education (universities, research institutes, education-oriented organizations) within Europe. With special interest groups (SIGs) focusing on top issues of the higher education IT community (e.g. teaching and learning, information security, benchmarking, student mobility), EUNIS has an excellent platform to launch initiatives and activities for knowledge exchange, cooperation and sharing of best practices, helping to transform the topical areas. The implementation of standards and guidelines is also among the priorities to EUNIS. For more information visit: www.eunis.org

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.