Student mobility is on the raise in Europe, and the Bologna process is moving along.  Student records need to move with the students, and students need access across borders (and federations).

RS3G (Rome Student Systems and Standards Group) is “a self-established group of software implementers and stakeholders in the European Higher Education domain which is focused on contributing to the definition and adoption of standards and procedures for the exchange of data to facilitate student mobility and lifelong learning.”

Every year large numbers of students move from one institution to another, and their student records need to move with them. Today this happens on paper, which is silly given that all the information is treated electronically at both universities. The RS3G has set up a mobility project to sort out these issues and FS (student registry in Norway) is chairing the architectural work.  The basic experiences that lies at the hearth of the project is explained in a EUNIS paper Web-services for exchange of data on cooperation and mobility in  higher education institutions.

Project goals include:

  • Reduce administrative inefficiencies/problems in handling mobility data and procedures (intra-university)
  • Streamline the communication flow among partner institutions (inter-universities)
  • Interconnect universities in a international network
  • Digitize mobility documents (secure, authentic, transparent, tamper-proof)
  • Produce reliable and accessible mobility statistics (EC interest)

This work solves a concrete problem in the identity layer today, but a solution will also put us one step closer to solving the provisioning issues, and it may help on the overall person-information flow that we have started work on with the standardization effort on PIFU (NS-4170). Our goal is to make integration of systems easier, by working on interfaces for data exchange.