Digital Credentials for Higher Education Institutions – DiBiHo

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The digital processing of educational certificates is an essential building block for internationally compatible academic mobility. At the national, European, and international levels, there are already many efforts to develop common standards, but so far these have not been widely implemented. 

This is where the research project "Digital Credentials for Higher Education Institutions" (DiBiHo) and the project partners Technical University of Munich and Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam begins. The research interests are focused on an internationally open framework and will explore the prerequisites and technical possibilities of an infrastructure with associated standards for the worldwide interoperable use of digital credentials from the perspective of German universities, based on the experiences and findings of existing projects. A particular issue of concern is the self-sovereignty of the users.

Spotlighting Learner Autonomy

This research project addresses the question of how a trustworthy, distributed, and internationally operable infrastructure standard for the issuance, storage, display, and verification of academic credentials must be designed - if the (self-)sovereignty of learners is at its core. To this end, model processes for the generation, storage, transmission, verification, and revocation of digital credentials will be specified and evaluated. A proof of concept for different use cases will be carried out, which includes the specification of a reference architecture and the data model, as well as the development of prototypes and operational and support models.

Getting connected: Working together for an interoperable infrastructure standard

As a global mobility agency and intermediary of foreign cultural and educational policy, we are providing our communications expertise and linking relevant stakeholders within the Higher Education community. Developments in the Digital Credentials research impact the DAAD's responsibilities directly: The digital issuance and verification of scholarships and academic documents is a crucial factor for academic mobility and digital internationalisation. As such, we are addressing the question of how organisational processes - which have grown individually in Germany due to university autonomy - can be mapped in digital terms and reconciled with an interoperable infrastructure standard in the future.

  • Speaker: Wolfgang Radenbach

    7 March 2023. While spring is still showing itself a little hesitant with a few buds and flowers here and there, our next Regulars is already just around the corner. Join us Tuesday, March 7th, as Wolfgang Radenbach presents the latest developments in the field of digital recognition of academic achievements and the Platform for International Student Mobility (PIM).

    PIM is a platform for higher education institutions and students developed as part of a research project that enables fully digital and standards-based recognition of achievements in national and international student mobility. A first executable version was completed in 2021, now we are looking forward to hearing about the current status and learnings from the implementation at participating universities, as well as the contribution of PIM within the German National Digital Education Infrastructure (NBP).

    Since 2007 Dr Wolfgang Radenbach has been working at the University of Göttingen as Head of Digital Services for Students and Educational Staff. His main focus is to advance the digital transformation of all administrative processes at universities.

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DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service