Groningen Declaration Newsletter April 2020

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Message from the Board of Directors

As will have become clear to many of you, the 2020 GDN Annual Meeting had to be cancelled earlier this March due to the rise of the COVID-19 virus as a worldwide pandemic. The cancellation has been a difficult but unavoidable decision, and in retrospect, we can only say that it was the right decision. The GDN as a foundation will undoubtedly suffer a setback in its means of subsistence, but at the end of the day, all such concerns pale into insignificance against the backdrop of the currently unfolding global drama, with infections and casualties mounting, countries closing borders and global mobility simply halted. All we can say is to please take care, look after your family and loved ones, and let’s hope the pandemic will recede rather sooner than later.

As all of us constantly seek to adjust to this new environment, embracing digital tools to keep the semblance of normalcy, we at the GDN are doing our bit to bring in digital modes of delivery. In the coming days and weeks, we will reach out to all our stakeholders with updates about delivering the 2020 conference content in digital formats, such as videoed presentations and webinars.

For now, stay safe and we can’t wait to come together when the world will have come through the other end. Here’s to better days.

Amee Shroff, President
Herman de Leeuw, Executive Director

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

We would like to extend a special word of thanks to the delegates, sponsors and local service providers that were in a position to donate their sponsorship money, registration fees and advance deposits, thus demonstrating their understanding, commitment and generosity to the GDN. Your generosity will be properly acknowledged on the GDN website!
For those speakers in the programme that had not made up their mind yet to join us in this effort, please avail yourself of the opportunity to indicate your readiness to provide your content digitally by filling out the brief questionnaire here.

Save the Dates
Save the dates of 5-7 May, 2021 to join us in Ottawa, Canada for the 10th GDN Annual Meeting, to be hosted by ARUCC, CUCCIO, PCCAT and CanPESC under the motto “Mobility, Digital Citizenship and the Student Experience”.
New Signatories 2020

Due to the cancellation of our annual meeting, unfortunately there was no new signatories ceremony but we are nevertheless proud to welcome the following 14 new signatories that have all read and approved of the Groningen Declaration and of its Network’s Statutes, By-Laws, Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Principles. By applying their signatures, they commit to promoting the aims of the Groningen Declaration Network by their active involvement in its Task Forces, Committees and other activities.
2020 Signatories
Parchment press release - Two Large U.S. Electronic Transcript Networks Merge

January 2020 saw the merging of two of the three largest U.S. academic credentials networks: Parchment, signatory since 2015 and an active member, and Credential Solutions, who attended their first GDN meeting in Paris in 2018 and signatory since then. The new combined organization, named Parchment, is dedicated to its mission of helping learners to more easily turn their academic and professional credentials into opportunities across a range of enrollment and employment pathways...
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Invited contribution to NAFSA’s International Educator magazine

Rahul Choudaha invited GDN President-Incumbent Kathleen Massey as one of the co-authors for his Feature article Trendspotting 2020: Perspectives of Leaders in the Field that appeared in NAFSA’s International Educator magazine, January 1st, 2020 where Kathleen focuses on the GDN and on digital credential portability 
REMINDER - PIE News welcomes entries for PIEoneer Awards
Entries for The PIEoneer Awards 2020 are open until 24th April. You can nominate your own or another organisation in up to three of the 18 categories, with the Employability International Impact Award and the Sustainability International Impact Award being the 2 new categories for 2020. Go to to nominate and to buy tickets for the Awards Ceremony to be held in London on 11 September. 
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting March 2020, most (inter)national conferences in the first half of this year have been cancelled, so here is hoping that the following conferences may continue to be held, although chances are that the pandemic may extend into summer and autumn as well, leading to further cancellations. Please check each conference website for updates 

29 -30 Going Global, London, UK 
15 - 18 EAIE Annual Conference & Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
3 - 6 IAU 16th General Conference 2020, Dublin,Ireland

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