The study assesses the technological solutions and standards used for providing access to these services and presents a cross-border pilot scenario based on eIDAS compliant solutions.
Its main objectives, aligned to the objectives of the EU Commission, are to review, quantify and analyse the:
- Current use of student e-cards or other eID solutions in the EU28
- Technological solutions and standards in place for offering access to student services in the EU28
- Feasibility of piloting a European-wide student eCard or another eID solution in the EU28
The report offers an in-depth review of the current mobile solutions used by higher education institutions and their limitations. It provides a good assessment of the opportunities generated by the eIDAS regulation on services offered by higher education institution and it analyses the challenges for the wider adoption of a student e-card compliant with eIDAS for cross-border access to student service from different perspectives: legal, economic, technical and organisational.
Also, it makes a good analysis of the possibilities of convergence with ongoing initiatives in relation to student services and mobility with a focus on identity management and academic information exchange. By clearly explaining the current gaps and needs in the academic eID scene, the study provides a useful picture to better the requirements needed for improving and supporting the mobility (physical and virtual) of students.
The main outcomes of this feasibility study consist of:
- Analysis of the types of barriers for the wider adoption of a student e-card or other similar eIDAS compliant eID solution for cross-border access to student services. These barriers are considered from various perspectives: legal, economic, technical or semantic, and organisational.
- Identification of the key elements for piloting eIDAS compliant eID solutions providing access to cross-border student services.
These outcomes will contribute to the further implementation of the EU Student eCard initiative by the European Commission, DG CONNECT.