Fondazione ENDISU – Ente per il diritto allo studio e i servizi agli studenti
It is the Italian Student Support Foundation and has the aim of providing services for undergraduates enrolled in partner Universities. This institution was founded in 2011 with the purpose of analysing, studying and supervising the socio-economical dynamics of the Student Support in Italy in order to improve the quality of the services provided to students. Since 2015, the Foundation has been very active in the field of digitalisation and students recognition at a European level, cooperating in several projects funded by the EU Commission.
EDUCatt – Ente per il diritto allo studio universitario dell’Università Cattolica
It is the non-profit Foundation of the Cattolica University entrusted with the provision of Student Support Services. EDUCatt pays serious attention to the centrality of the person: the aim of the Foundation is not only to provide services to students, but also to guide them to their future in order to help them to create value with their work, competence and knowledge. The main goal is to provide services, ranging from accommodation to food service, from books and digital resources to scholarships and financial support, with the aim to match the real needs of the students and give them concrete solutions, keeping them up with technological development and innovation. In the last few years, EDUCatt has been at the forefront of the innovation on the students’ recognition and services provision at a European level, thanks to its participation in several partnerships related to this field.
UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA
The University of Malaga (UMA) is one of the main institutions of higher education in Spain: it is the first of the Spanish universities involved with the SDGs and number 40 in the world, according to the Impact ranking of Times Higher Education. Since its founding in 1972, UMA has expanded its prestige and international presence and it has more than 35,000 students, 58 Bachelor’s degrees, 53 Master’s degrees and 22 doctoral programs, as well as more than 200 own-diplomas. Its activity is carried out in 2 campuses of almost 2 million sq. m., in which more than 2500 teachers teach and research in 23 faculties and schools and in 278 research groups. As a result, more than 200 doctoral theses/year are made, there are 262 active patents (2019), 250 active research projects and more than 1,800 business contacts. The UMA is committed to research and educational innovation by boosting the quality of its teachers and research groups through its participation in international research projects with the support and sponsorship of local Technology Park (PTA) companies. The University has a professional guidance centre dedicated to promoting the employability of students and young researchers offering a wide portfolio of academic and professional advisory services, internships in companies, scholarships, etc. UMA is also part of the campus of excellence “Andalucía Tech”. UMA is strongly committed to promote student democratic participation and involve students in cultural, sporting, charitable and recreational programmes; to develop and promote student associations, to encourage and oversee the management of cooperation and volunteering, as well as educational opportunities at national and international levels.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is the oldest University in Berlin. Founded in 1810, it has been one of the most notable universities in natural sciences in the 19th and 20th century and linked to several important achievements in physics and mathematics. Currently it has nine faculties and has also won the title of “University of Excellence”.
John Paul II Catholic University – Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) was the first university in Lublin and the oldest Catholic university in East-Central Europe. Nowadays, KUL is a well-known academic centre, which is highly valued in Europe and globally. It is a modern, innovative and dynamically developing university with traditions and great scientific achievements, highly rated by students and graduates. At KUL, Polish and foreign students can choose from a wide range of faculties and fields of study. It is an open university that welcomes people of all religions. A lot of our graduates hold prestigious positions in world-renowned institutions in Poland and abroad. KUL hires about 970 academic lecturers. Over 10,510 B.A., M.A., PhD students and nearly 900 foreign students from 51 countries study on 63 fields of study and in numerous courses. Within an organizational structure, there are seven faculties: Theology; Law, Canon Law and Administration; Philosophy; Humanities; Social Sciences; Science and Health; Off-Campus Faculty of Engineering and Technical Sciences in Stalowa Wola; other units: College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences; Doctoral School (PhD programmes in: Philosophy, History, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Art Studies, Law, Theological Studies, Social Sciences, Pedagogy, Canon Law, and Psychology). KUL is a co-founder and member of many organizations and associations such as the International Federation of Catholic Universities. KUL was also an initiator of the Eastern-European University Network. It gathers universities from five countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Poland. The aims of Eastern-European University Network are cooperation in the field of research and academic education, support of national minorities, organization of joint cultural and sport events. At present, the University cooperates with over 200 foreign research institutions. KUL has participated in / coordinated a number of research projects co-financed from a wide range of sources. Currently, it runs over 90 projects funded from national and international institutions, programmes, e.g.,: Foundation for Polish Science, National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development, European Commission (Justice Programme), PL-BY-UA, Erasmus+. Projects financed from internal/external sources reflect a wide range of academic staff research interests.
European Campus Card Association
The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) was established as a not-for-profit association in 2002. Its policies and strategies are dedicated to the implementation of student eID credentials in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) that support student mobility and the provision of trusted identification and secure access to services across European countries. Its main strategy focuses on the provision of interoperability, connectivity and mobility between HEIs both within their home country and across Europe. ECCA’s key activities are mainly focused on a process of networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration with its membership of European HEIs and Services Providers. These activities include initiating research projects, workshops, surveys with its membership, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders throughout Europe and the United States. The strategy behind these initiatives is to gather and evaluate important information on the benefits, requirements and viability of a trusted Student eID credential, compliant to eIDAS regulations that supports HE Institutions and Service Providers on a cross-border basis throughout Europe.
European Students’ Union
The European Students’ Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 40 countries. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic, and cultural interests of students at European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents almost 20 million students in Europe.