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In memory of Gregory Palmer

It is very sad to share this news that our dear colleague and friend Greg Palmer has passed away on November 12th, 2019, after a long illness. He was 69 years old.

Greg was the representative at EUNIS of the University of Pennsylvania. He attended a number of EUNIS events, the last one being EUNIS2016 in Thessaloniki, where he gave a talk (photo).

Greg was a specialist of communications and networks technology. From 1996 to 1999, he had been the Director of Campus Computing at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and in 1999, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of MAGPI, (Metropolitan Area Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2), where he created a high performance network for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, dedicated to the research and education communities.

As an example of cooperation, from 2001 to 2005, under the auspices of EUNIS, we carried up an innovative project (the EUMAX project) using the new high performance networks, involving students and faculty of the Wharton school (U. of Penn) and a MSc degree in Informatics (University of Grenoble) who worked together in an immersive multinational environment.

This past summer Greg stepped down from the University of Pennsylvania for health reasons.

We send our friendly condolences to his wife Judith, and to his three boys. We’ll miss him.

EUNIS Rectors’ Conference 2020: registration now open!

Registration is now open for the EUNIS 2020 Rectors’ Conference entitled Leading the digital transformation success that will be held on 22-24 April, 2020 at the University of Malaga, Spain. We invite Rectors from all over the world to attend the Conference and to share their experiences!

The Conference aims to foster strategic reflection on the main challenges of digital transformation. Therefore case-studies on digital transformation from different universities around the world will be shared and the objective of the keynote speakers and panellists is to present the foundations of digital transformation, make the attendees understand the importance of the Rector’s leadership and show them the Rector’s challenges when undertaking the digital transformation of the university, as well as to determine what is the way forward to achieve success.

Read more information on the programme, keynote speakers and social events here.

EUNIS at IMS Europe Summit

EUNIS was well represented by Annette Grande Furset from UNIT, Norway, the EUNIS representative on the IMS Europe board, at the IMS Europe Summit in Barcelona on 10-11 October.
Around 150 industry professionals met with representatives from higher education to discuss the role of standards in advancing next-generation education technologies.

Gill Ferrell from the EUNIS Learning and Teaching Group opened day two with a keynote entitled ‘Next Generation Edtech in Europe: Ode to Joy or Requiem in D Minor?’. Gill’s talk celebrated the many successes of European collaboration but pointed out that we face some difficult judgments about ethics, equality, and digital well-being.

Gill also ran a joint session with Gyöngyi Horváthof from GÉANT where they compared and contrasted the perspectives of EUNIS supporting mainly higher education institutions and GÉANT representing the National research and education networks (NRENs)
The event further cemented the collaborations between EUNIS, IMS Global and GÉANT and we look forward to more joint working!

#Top10 IT issues of 2020 by EDUCAUSE

Simplify, Sustain, Innovate: the drive to Digital Transformation begins!

According to EDUCAUSE Higher Education leaders are focusing in 2020 on these 10 IT issues:

  1. Information Security Strategy
  2. Privacy
  3. Sustainable Funding
  4. Digital Integrations
  5. Student Retention and Completion
  6. Student-Centric Higher Education
  7. Improved Enrollment
  8. Higher Education Affordability
  9. Administrative Simplification
  10. The Integrative CIO

Have a look to EDUCAUSE presentation here.

EUNIS benchmarking annual workshop: 21 Nov 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece

EUNIS BencHEIT Task Force is pleased to invite you to the annual benchmarking workshop! This year, the event will be held on 21st of November 2019 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The day is a great opportunity for networking, discussion and sharing experiences between institutions that have been part of IT benchmarking projects.

Go to the event website for more information about the program, venue and recommended accommodation. We are updating our schedule as speakers are confirmed. On Wednesday 20th we will have a pre-workshop day with sightseeing tour and dinner at the restaurant at the city centre of Thessaloniki.

Register here by 11th November 2019!

Please, note the priority for registration is given to the EUNIS members.

If you have any questions, or want to share ideas on topics you would like to discuss with us, please email us at: bm-pg@eunis.org.

Read more on the EUNIS BencHEIT Task Force scope and activity here.