Category : Partners

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 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 membership renewal for 2019/2020

Welcome to a new year of EUNIS membership!

As a not-for-profit organisation we consider it highly important that Higher Education Institutions take advantage of the opportunities to share ideas and good practices to help us operate efficiently.

With this in mind EUNIS will be organising more special interest events this year that are led by our Special Interests Groups and Task Force Leaders. As a EUNIS member you have a priority for attendance and, if possible, you can attend them free of charge. Read more on the upcoming EUNIS Congress, Rectors’ Conference, targeted workshops and EUNIS Partner organisations’ events here.

We have also intensified our collaboration with other organisations such as GÉANTECCAVietsch FoundationeuroCRISIMS GlobalMLA and EDUCAUSE to help EUNIS members benefit from the worldwide HE IT deployments.

We appreciate your continued commitment to encouraging exchange, cooperation and debate between those responsible for information systems in higher education or research institutes and look forward to keeping you posted on new developments in this field!

Read more on the benefits of EUNIS membership here and watch the promo video! If your institution is not a EUNIS member yet, fix it now! See here on how to apply.

(Re-)join us!

If your institution is/was a EUNIS member and you haven’t received the membership invoice for the current academic year, please send an email to treasurer@eunis.org or if you need to update your contact info, use the form here.

EUNIS welcomes new corporate members as well as the ones which continue their membership. Read on the benefits EUNIS offers here and don’t hesitate to meet the new corporate levels for this academic year here.

We are looking forward to joining our efforts and to make our best for the Higher Education IT community!

EUNIS and Media & Learning Association sign collaborative agreement

EUNIS and the MEDIA & LEARNING ASSOCIATION have found their goals and objectives complementary, hence a mutually beneficial collaborative agreement was signed.

Under this agreement both organisations will:

• promote the existence of high quality infrastructures and services to support activities of education and research institutions in Europe;
• explore new directions in information technology and digital media for education, research and administration by bringing together information technology leaders, directors of computing services and of national research networks, libraries and media centres managers from European universities and other organisations;
• contribute to innovation and excellence in information technology and use of digital media for education and research.
Both organizations will share information about their activities and events that will be of interest to the other’s members and will join efforts to disseminate standards, policies, and best practices for the use of information technology in education, research, and administration.

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About MLA:

The MEDIA & LEARNING ASSOCIATION is an international, not-for-profit association with headquarters in Belgium. The Association promotes and stimulates the use of media as a way to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all levels of education in Europe. For more information visit: //association.media-and-learning.eu

About EUNIS:

EUNIS (European University Information Systems) is a not-for-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 higher education institutions (universities, research institutes, education-oriented organisations) within Europe. With special interest groups (SIGs) , focused on top issues of the higher education IT community, EUNIS promotes knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices, helping to transform the topical areas. For more information visit: //www.eunis.org/