Manifesto for a European Higher Education Interoperability Framework

The European Digital Education Hub (EDEH) is an initiative aimed at promoting collaboration and the exchange of knowledge and best practices in digital education in Europe. SURF is closely involved in this initiative as a partner and participates in various working groups, including those focusing on micro-credentials, eduwallet, and interoperability. Recently, a manifesto titled 'Bridging Boundaries' for a European Higher Education Interoperability Framework, was published.

In pursuit of a more connected European higher education landscape, SURF is taking important steps to improve interoperability within the sector. With 17 European alliances with Dutch partners, SURF is exploring the possibilities of interweaving Dutch innovations, such as EduXChange, with the OO-API, known for its role in populating the RIO database. This is in line with the objectives of the European Digital Education Hub (EDEH), in which SURF not only participates but is also a driving force.

In this context, the promotion of the HORA 3.0 framework, a comprehensive terminology and architecture guide, which is proposed as the backbone for the European Reference Architecture for Higher Education, particularly tailored to alliances, also fits in. This approach not only demonstrates SURF's commitment to promoting digital education, but also highlights the importance of integrating national strengths into a broader European framework so that interoperability transcends borders while retaining local value.

The working group currently developing this framework consists of over 110 ICT professionals and interoperability experts from the higher education sector. Its members come from both public and private organizations, bringing together a diverse range of knowledge and perspectives. 

Recently, the working group published a manifesto outlining the mission and values that guide the process. Read the full manifesto: 'Bridging Boundaries'.

The working group aims to: 

  • Prioritize European public values; 

  • Create a trusted environment for the exchange of data and information; 

  • Focus on information security and reliability.

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