2017 Groningen Meeting Presentations

GDN Email 750x175Presentations were delivered over three days. Click on the links below to go to presentations for that day. Click on the title to download a copy of the presentation.

Wednesday 26 April | Thursday 27 April | Friday 28 April |

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Launch of My eQuals©

Video Presentation

Plenary 1

Official opening of the sixth Annual Groningen Declaration Network Meeting by Senator Scott Ryan, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cabinet. 

Opening Plenary by TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran

Showcase Session 1 - National Update Track

India's C-NAD;an update

P S Reddy, Managing Director and CEO, Central Depository Services (India) Limited 

ARUCC Groningen and student mobility taskforce

Charmaine Hack, President, ARUCC , Andrew Arida, Past-President, ARUCC, Romesh Vadivel, Vice-President, ARUCC 

Moving African Qualification Recognition and Digitisation Forward: Updates on key national, regional and continental initiatives 

Yvonne Shapiro, Director, National Learners' Records Database, SAQA

Showcase Session II

European Qualification Passport for Refugees: Update about ongoing pilots and initiatives

Mr Rolf Lofstad, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) 

A foot in the door, Migrant Skills Recognition

Michele Lucas, Manager of Skills Recognition International, VETASSESS

Developing an institutional micro-credential ecosystem 

Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning); Director Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Showcase Session III

Lifting the Curtain on My eQuals© – the real story behind the Digital Student Data Project 

Dr Andrew Trnacek, Chief Executive Officer, Higher Ed Services
Neil Robinson, Deputy Head University Services and Registrar, Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting, Chair, The University of Melbourne

Panel Session 1

Increasing the Impact of GDN in ANZ 

Dr David Christie, Managing Director, Universities Admissions Centre

 Thursday 27 April 2017

 Plenary II

Extending Engagement: Towards the Need of Effective Partnerships
(Sponsored by VETASSESS) 

Francisco Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, Lead Education Specialist for India, World Bank

Concurrent Session I

Credential Integrity Track 
Everybody lies! How can recruiters and universities prevent/detect credential fraud? 

Jayne Rowley, Deputy Chief Executive, HEDD/Graduate Prospects

Mobility Track 
Challenging Barriers and Borders for Employability Mobility for Health Workers 

Franklin Shaffer, President & CEO, CGFNS International, Inc.

Global Cooperation Track  
E Transmission and International Cooperation 

Dr. Lei Chaozi, Director-General, China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC)

Concurrent Session II

Credential Integrity Track 
Checking the integrity of qualifications and employment 

Dr Mamta Chauhan, Group Manager Skills Recognition (General Occupations), VETASSESS

Mobility Track 
Enhancing Mobility: Next generation policy 

Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning, Director of Qualifications Recognition Policy, International Mobility Branch, Commonwealth Department of Education and Training

Global Cooperation Track
Recognize body: The China Case 

Weimin Che, Deputy Director General, Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE)

 Plenary III

Vanessa Deblais-Sainton, European Commission, Director General, Education and Culture – Erasmus+ (video presentation)  (Note: this is a large file and may take some time to download)


Student data portability in Europe: recent trends

Valère Meus, International Relations Expert, Ghent University, Coordinator Erasmus Without Paper

 Plenary IV

Article 26 Backpack Initiative

Ms Adrienne Fricke, Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
(There was no electronic presentation for this session)

Concurrent Session III

Adventures in Admissions 

Andy Dowling, CEO, Digitary

Anthony Manahan, Associate Director, Admissions, The University of Melbourne

EMREX and EWP compared with updates about ongoing pilot initiatives 

Geir Magne Vangen, CERES

Associate Professor Janina Mincer-Daszkiewicz, Associate Professor in Computer Science, University of Warsaw

Single Institution Code (International School Code List) 

W. Matthew Bemis, Associate Registrar, University of Southern California (USC)

James Kelly, Senior Director of Technology,, ECE

Mr Michael Sessa, Coordinator

Concurrent Sessions IV

Digital Credential Verification and Evaluation in Web-based Admissions

Andy Dowling, CEO, Digitary                    

Kenneth Warren, President, Educational Perspectives, Jim Wolfson, CEO, CollegeNET , Thomas Black, Associate Vice-Provost and Registrar, Stanford University 

Data initiatives, policy and sharing – opportunities for cooperation 

Elizabeth Campbell Dorning,Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, with GDN guests from Fiji, Nauru, Mongolia and Vietnam: Mr Rajendra Prasad, Ms Cecilia Giouba, Mr Batsaikhan Khashbat, Mr. Vu Ngoc Ha; and Ms. Trinh M.H. Truong 

Verifying credentials - challenges for professional associations

Panel discussion, no presentation.

Jay Segeth, Program Director, Higher Ed Services, Dr Julie Strous, Executive Director, Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Erin Wood, General Manager Membership , CPA Australia, Carl Matheson, Director Assessment and Innovation, Australian Medical Council.

Panel Session II

Innovation and Standardization in Digital Credentials: Exchange of Comprehensive Student Records and the Blockchain 

Dr Matthew Pittinsky, Director of Communications, Parchment

Dr Natalie Smolenski, Leader, Research Initiatives and Head Business Development , Learning Machine 

 Friday 28 April 2017

Plenary V

Opening higher education to lifelong learning

Carlos Gonzalez-Sancho, Policy Analyst, Centre for the Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

Plenary VI

TAICEP Symposium Report 

Margaret Wenger, Senior Director of Evaluation, Educational Credential Evaluators

Task Force Update

Mid-Term Vision 
Mr Michael Sessa, Coordinator

Verification Policies and Best Practice 
Navin Vasudev, Deputy Director, Foreign Qualifications Evaluations and Advisory Services, SAQA
Margaret Wenger, Senior Director of Evaluation, Educational Credential Evaluators

Dik van der Wal, Manager, International Services, DUO and Head, Netherlands Europass Consortium
Kathleen Massey, Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment, McGill University

Valère Meus, International Relations Expert, Ghent University, Coordinator Erasmus Without Paper
(There was no electronic presentation for this session)

Empowering Cross Border Enrolment and Student Loan Portability

Meeting Close

Closing address Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Australian National University.


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