The current lack of a "national bridge" platform for the adoption of ESC standards in university cards and student services is the main obstacle to local ESC diffusion. To date, there is no such solution like the ESC-tension platform. This places the project at the forefront not only in the countries represented by the partnership, but also at the EU level.
By the end of the project, the open-source ESC-tension platform will respond to this need of the HEIs. Being the platform multi-language, allows HEIs to access all the contents translated into German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. The multi-country feature adds the possibility to take the cultural local differences into account.
HEIs will use the Platform to access the tools and resources to assess their level of technological and organisational readiness for the adoption of the ESC. This will enable them for two purposes: to identify administrative, operational and technological gaps and to use the "roadmap" for the harmonisation of their systems and mechanisms of both Student Card and Student Services for the adoption of the ESC. The HEIs will be able to profile their organisation in terms of goals, needs and possibilities on student services, and understand the implications of the adoption of the ESC on their organisational structure in a quick and timely manner. HEIs in the process of adapting the ESC need to identify their strengths and criticalities, technical, administrative and managerial requirements that are based on both the Card and the Services.
Once aware of the gaps to be filled, HEIs can fully understand the ESC operational implications and needs to be provided with the required tools according to the type of services delivered. Moreover, they can choose the degree of integration they wish to have with the ESC. The platform will also respond to the need of the HEIs to develop medium/long term strategies for student services in a conscious and informed way so as to harmonise their systems to the ESC model.
The presence in the consortium of partners involved in the design of the ESC standards ensures that the proposed ESC adoption tools will be harmonic with the entire technological ecosystem that revolves around international student mobility services.
All of the above will contribute to the exchange of best practices among HEIs and to the overall harmonisation within the European Education Area.