The Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Annual Meeting is the international event where stakeholders from across the world convene to share best practice in the exchange of digital student data. As happened all over the world, the Covid-19 Pandemic disrupted our meeting which was to be held in April 2020 in Delhi, India.

The program contained rich content which we now bring to you 'virtually' in the form of a series of webinars commencing in June 2020. 

In 2020, the Network constitutes a global, broad and interconnected ecosystem including large digital student data depositories, educational institutions, government bodies, and other stakeholders. Participants in this ecosystem work together to guarantee trust by encouraging safe administration, processing, consultation, exchange, acceptance and recognition of digital student data, in addition to appropriately verified paper-based records, using the best standards and technology available. 

Registrations are open for part 2 of the webinar series commencing on 15 September.  

Webinar 9

Microcredentials in the digital credential ecosystem


When: Wednesday 21 October 2020
Time:   8:00pm (Melbourne, Australia) / 11:00am (Bonn, Rome, Johannesburg)/ 5:00am (Washington DC, USA)

Facilitator: Michael Hörig, Head of Division Strategic Planning at DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service



Webinar 10

The Art of the Possible: Creating Sustainable Interoperability Through Collaboration

When: October 27, 2020 
Time: 10.00am EDT (Washington DC, USA, Ottawa, Canada)/ 8:00am CDT (Puebla, Mexico)  

Moderators: Joanne Duklas, Founder, Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc.; Executive Lead, ARUCC National Network; Artist, Joanne Duklas Fine Art and  Ricardo (Rick) Torres, CEO, National Student Clearinghouse, Washington, D.C. area; Director on the Inaugural Board of Directors, GDN; Chair, Advisory Committee, GDN 


  • Romesh Vadivel, President, ARUCC; Assistant Registrar & Director, Service Point, McGill University, Canada
  • Melanie Gottlieb,Deputy Director, AACRAO, USA 
  • Francisco Maldonado Altieri, President of the Executive Board, ARSEE - Association of School and Student Service Managers, Mexico; Registrar, UPAEP – Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico 





Webinar recordings will be made available to signatories to the GDN. 

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Assessing Skills Classifications, the cases of ESCO (EU) and Credential Engine (USA)

When: Tuesday 23 June 2020
Time:   4.00pm (Brussels, Belgium) / 10.00am (Washington D.C., USA)

Facilitator: Rick Torres, National Student Clearinghouse
Panel Members: Jeanne Kitchens, Credential Engine; Dimitrios Pikios, EU DG EMPLOI


Leave No Student Behind’ - Equitable Approaches to Mobility

   When: Friday 3 July 2020
   Time:   8.00am MDT (Lethbridge, Canada) / 10:00am EDT (Montreal, Canada) / 4.00pm (Brussels, Belgium)

  Facilitator: Kathleen Massey, GDN President & Joanne Duklas, Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc.
  Panel Members: Gohar Hovhannisyan, European Students' Union; Celine Thomas, Samuel Centre for
  Social Connectedness;
Abdullah Mouslli, World University Services Canada (WUSC)

The HCCH Apostille Convention: Legal instrument for global document and data mobility

When: Tuesday 7 July 2020
Time:   5.00pm (Paris, France) / 8.00am (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Facilitator: Matt Pittinsky, CEO, Parchment & Herman de Leeuw (ED, GDN)
Presenter: Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH),
Brody Warren,
Attaché to the Secretary General/Senior Legal Officer

Power to the People with Self-Sovereign Identity

  When: Tuesday 14 July 2020
  Time:   5.00pm (Melbourne, Australia) / 9.00am (Brussels, Belgium), 3:00am (Washington DC, USA)

  Facilitator:  Daniël DuSeuil, Convenor European Self Soverign Identity Framework (EBSI)
  Presenter : Takis Diakoumis, Chief Technical Officer, Digitary

Lifelong learning: Collaboration and innovation in Asia Pacific

When: Tuesday 21 July 2020
Time:   10.00am (Melbourne, Australia / 12noon (Auckland, New Zealand / 8pm Monday 20 July (Washington DC, USA)

Facilitator:  Anthony Manahan (University of Melbourne)
Panelists: Jay Segeth (MyeQuals); Rob Thomason (VETASSESS); Joanna Browne (University of Auckland) New Zealand; 

Digital Credentials in Europe

When: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Time:   4:00pm (Brussels, Belgium) / 10:00am (Washington DC, USA) 

Facilitator:  Tessa Mouha, AHOVOKS, Belgium




Life Long Learning and Digital Learner Data Portability


When: Tuesday 29 September 2020
Time:   7:30am (California, USA) / 10:30am (Washington DC, USA) / 4:30pm (Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; Johannesburg, South Africa) / 8:00pm (New Delhi, India) 

Facilitator: Dr James Keevy, CEO, JET Education Services

  • Alex Kaplan, Global Leader, Blockchain and AI for Learning Credentials, IBM Talent and Transformation
  • Dr Borhene Chakroun, Director for Policy and Life Long Learning Systems, UNESCO
  • Manuela Geleng, Director Skills, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Dr Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities.

Credential Mobility: Asian Perspectives


When: Friday 9 October 2020
Time:   7:00pm (Singapore, Beijing, China) / 8:00pm (Tokyo, Japan) / 7:00am (Washington DC, USA)

Facilitator: Darren J. McDermott, Team Leader Designate, SHARE programme - EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region, Singapore 

  • Koichi Nakasaki, Chief Research Officer, Research Consortium for Sustainable International Education (RECSIE) & The Institute for Future Engineering (IFENG)
    ‘Establishing a Credential Mobility Model for Japan’
  • Zheng Wei Quah, Accredify Pte. Ltd 
    How Singapore Put an Entire Nation’s Education Credentials on the Blockchain’
  • Dr Cheng Weixing, CHESSIC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center) Translated by Wenjun Chen, Project Manager of International Promotion Department. 
    A Road of Sustainable Development: Chinese Student Information Management for 20 Years 
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