The European Campus Card Association (ECCA)1 recently completed a research project on the development of a ‘Proposal for a Trusted Student Identification Framework’2. This involved collaboration with the relevant stakeholders including: HEIs, Students and Service Providers. The purpose of the project was to engage in a process of dialogue to seek out their views and opinions on the needs and requirements of a trusted Student eID Credential that supports cross-border services.
The outcome from the project provides an important foundation to enable the establishment of a European student eID and how it can be a key enabler for secure cross-border electronic transactions, which is central to the Digital Single Market policy. In addition, there is strong evidence of support for EU policies on student mobility enabling access to academic and non-academic services across Europe. The project has identified the stakeholders’ requirements, potential barriers and provides a series of recommendations that are fundamental to its successful development and integration.
The recommendations resulting from the various activities of the Student eID Framework project provide a sequence of important requirements for consideration and evaluation, and include the following: Campus Card/eID; Mobile Devices; Security, Trust and User Authentication; eIDAS; HEI & Services Providers requirements and standards; Legal issues and GDPR; Supporting European Strategy and Initiatives; Engagement and Collaboration with the EU and Stakeholders; Marketing, Dissemination and Promotion of a European Student eID. The project has established a strong collaborative partnership with the relevant stakeholders and provided valuable knowledge and information on the needs and requirements of a European Student eID Credential that supports cross-border services. The outcomes have identified many potential solutions to the obstacles that may be encountered in the task of implementing a student eID by 2025.
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