ECCA has commenced a consultation process on the development of a framework to establish a proposal for a European student electronic identification (eID) credential. The main aim of this process is to obtain the views and opinions of potential stakeholders with regard to the requirements and potential benefits of a common European Student eID. It will also review and report on policies, strategies, surveys and outcomes of projects that focused on campus card and student identification. The consultation outcome will provide an insight into the stakeholders’ vision with regard to their future needs and requirements of an eID credential, together with highlighting the challenges that may be encountered on route to its successful implementation.
The introduction of Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trusted Services (eIDAS) regulation N°910/2014 for electronic transactions within the EU was adopted in July 2014, and became effective on July 1, 2016. It ensures that people and businesses across all of the EU member states can use their own national electronic identification schemes (eIDs) to access public services in other EU countries where eIDs are available. The mandatory mutual recognition of national eIDs will apply from mid-2018.
Secure identification and authentication is now an essential element in the free-movement and mobility of students throughout Europe. The absence of a European student electronic identification (eID) credential is having a significant impact on the development of a strategy that promotes student mobility and access to student services across borders. The introduction of a student eID Credential (eIDAS compliant) will provide the required interoperability, security and authentication standards to overcome many of these obstacles, which are precluding students from using a campus card from their home Education Institution to provide secure cross-border identification and access to services in other member states.
The main objectives of the consultation process are:
(i) Seek out and facilitate the involvement of all the potential stakeholders to obtain their views and opinions on the needs and requirements of a European Student eID Credential Vision.
(ii) Agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework that provides secure and authenticated transfer of data and trusted identification of students across borders of the European member states; facilitating access to both academic and non-academic services regardless of the physical location of the education institution.
(iii) Assist in the research of an innovation solution that supports student mobility and achieves mutual trust and recognition by Education Institutions; enhancing the development of data sharing, linking of various cultures and the transfer of knowledge and technology between institutions.
(iv) Support service providers and particularly SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises) to benefit from the full potential of the EU market, by operating on a cross-border basis without facing obstacles in interactions with the education authorities.
(v) Combine physical access use and electronic use of credential
Therefore, as a first step in this consultation process we need to gather information from all the potential stakeholders (Educational, Service Providers, Students, ECCA), to obtain their views and opinions on their future needs and requirements for a European Student eID Credential. In particular, it will be important to assess the requirements with regard to data integrity, protection, confidentiality, interoperability and services (both academic and non-academic) requirements. In addition, country specific issues and barriers including legal, technological and the economic viability of any potential solution, should be evaluated and quantified. This process, which will involve surveys, workshops and discussions groups, will aim to identify and agree on a proposal for the development of a European Student eID Credential Framework.
ECCA Research Team would appreciate all submissions and contributions on this consultation process from our membership and relevant stakeholders.