The Sixth Annual Groningen Declaration Network Meeting will be held in Melbourne, the Cultural Capital of Australia, from 25 to 28 April 2017. This meeting will take place at the University of Melbourne Campus, strategically placed against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and its neighbouring continents: the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

This year may actually witness the coming of age of the vision developed in 2012 by former GDN board member Guillermo Pablo López Andrade. In his milestone article “The Asia-Pacific Academic Credit and Qualifications Bank: A Proposal to Sustain and Enhance Human Capital Mobility”, Guillermo Pablo sketched how digital student data could boost global human capital cross-border mobility,  thus preparing the ground work for the Groningen Declaration Network’s Vision and Ecosystem  as we know it today.

The programme for our 2017 annual GDN meeting is well under way, and there will be an impressive line-up of speakers and keynote speakers, providing ample food for thought and ample networking and business opportunities:

  • Valère Meus, Coordinator, Erasmus Without Paper project consortium, will update the participants on the continuing, successful unfolding of EWP.  
  • The premier event of the meeting will be the kick-off of eQuals, Australia's digital student data project, which will be officially launched by the Australian Federal Government Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham. eQuals is poised to become a regional hub for student mobility throughout the Asian-Pacific, and pulled off in a record five years after the above-mentioned article.
  • Peter Wells, Chief of Section for Higher Education at UNESCO, will highlight the relevance of the Groningen Declaration for UNESCO’s Global Recognition Convention and its relevance for UNESCO’s Education Vision 2030 and Life Long Learning.
  • Adriene Fricke, Human Rights Consultant Middle East and Africa, unravels the many strands that went into the articulation of the business case for the Article 26 Backpack initiative, a fascinating effort to expand youth opportunity and empower young people to use digital tools to help level increasingly unequal playing fields in higher education access.
  • Dr. Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine, will present on Blockcert 1.01 and what made the Maltese Department of Education sign, as first sovereign state, an MOU to pilot nation-state scale learner-owned academic credentials.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can register here.