The Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) initiative has kicked off its second project phase. As already announced at the EWP conference in September 2017, the initiative is being supported by the Erasmus+ programme through a second project, the Erasmus Without Paper 2.0 project. To discuss this new project and plan the upcoming two years in greater detail, EWP partners met at the University of Warsaw on the 23rd and 24th of January.
The consortium of the project is largely unchanged, but the consortium is happy to announce that it has been complemented by three new partners:
- The French students services organisation CNOUS, which also coordinates the European Student Card project;
- The University of Malaga which has great technical expertise in relation to student data; and
- QS Unisolution, which is the provider of the widely known student information system MoveOn.
The new project will build on the achievements of the previous project with some important additional features. One of the most relevant features will be the EWP Hub: a single entry point for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) which are already involved in other tools, such as inter-institutional agreement manager, Online Learning Agreements, EGRACONS grade conversion and the European Student Cards. The EWP Hub will also allow institutions without their own student information system to take advantage of the EWP infrastructure. Furthermore, the EWP Network will be industrialised by involving more partners in the in-depth testing and by extending existing APIs to cater for all European HEIs. In addition to the technical implementation, EWP 2.0 will create a competence centre to further support the roll-out of EWP by offering cutting-edge trainings, support documentation and a helpdesk to HEIs.
During the meeting in Warsaw, the European Commission representative announced that in 2018 the connection of EWP with the MobilityTool+ will be devised, furthering the importance of the EWP network for the more than 5000 Erasmus Charter holders.
The Network will have its public launch in December 2018 but HEIs that would like to contribute to the piloting are welcome to contribute to the development. Prior to the launch, you will be able to find the technical documentation on our developers site.
The EWP 2.0 project is an Erasmus+ forward-looking cooperation project, which will run from January 2018 to December 2019.