Become a signatory

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We welcome signatories! Just a few words about that term signatory. As a foundation under Dutch private law, the network can not have members. From the moment the newly revised statutes that were approved last May at the GDN virtual business meeting will get adopted, the term signatory will be used to denote natural persons or legal entities – for profit and not for profit organisations –  that contribute financially to the sustainability of the Network and have taken the additional steps below. Those that do not wish to contribute may still attend our annual meetings – at a higher fee – but do not qualify for the benefits available to signatories.

Current signatories

As of April 2020, the number of signatories of the Groningen Declaration stands  at 106 organisations from 28 different countries and 2 international networks. These signatories represent the whole gammut of the GDN Ecosystem: Central/National Student Data Depositories, Credential Evaluation Services, ENIC-NARICs and similar, HEIs, International Higher Education Associations, International University Consortia, National Government Bodies, National HEI IT Service Providers, National Rectors Conferences, National Student Admissions Organizations,  National Student Exchange Bodies, Press, Student Recruitment Agencies, and Service Providers. For the full list of current signatories, please look here.

The Groningen Declaration was an important catalyst to a unique and continuing collaboration of Australian and New Zealand (NZ) universities.  What began with a core group of Registrars coming together engaging with the Groningen Network and establishing a Digital Student Data working group, has since evolved in the establishment of My eQuals as the official credentials platform for ANZ tertiary education providers.”  – Jay Segeth, Program Director, MyeQuals

As a nation often referred to as a mosaic in which diversity and multiculturism are fundamental cornerstones, Canada has long placed great importance and value on the free and open mobility of both ideas and of learners. Canada’s nascent National Network supports student – and social – mobility, and aligns perfectly with the central tenets of the Groningen Declaration. It is for this reason that ARUCC is a proud signatory, supporter and partner of the GDN”. – Romesh Vadivel, ARUCC

Benefits to GDN signatories

  • Networking opportunities in an established international network that brings together the most exhaustive cross-section of sectors and stakeholders. Quoted in the recently issued UNESCO report Digital Credentialing: Implications for the recognition of learning across borders as “probably one of the main global convenors” in the Digital Credentialing Ecosystem, the Groningen Declaration Network promotes the vision that UNESCO calls for in its report: “to reach a common international approach where all aspects of a person’s learning are electronically documented, authenticated and can be accessed at any time and anywhere, shared and amended by the owner or by an authorized party”. Convenors such as the GDN play a crucial role here: “This is also the most critical [sector]. International agencies such as UNESCO and the (…) OECD have a role to play, and increasingly so do open communities and networks that have developed organically and comprise an eclectic mix of actors. The role of the convenors in the digital credential ecosystems is key in this respect”.


  • Discounted registration fees for the GDN Annual Meeting. Signatories enjoy a sizeable reduction of the registration fee for our annual meeting.


  • Participation in the Annual Business Meeting during the GDN Annual Meeting.  Come and make your voice heard.


  • Eligibility for leadership positions within the network. Nominate yourself or someone else for leadership positions, keeping in mind that geographical and gender balance are key in the composition of our globally representative board of directors and in our task forces.


  • Future additional benefits. The GDN Board is continuously working to bring more benefits to our signatories.

Want to apply as a new signatory?

The GDN invites you to become signatories! If you would like to propose yourself or your  organisation as a new signatory, this is what we expect you to do:

  • Please make sure to contribute the current annual participant fee.
  • Familiarize yourself with the five basic GDN documents: Declaration,  Statutes, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, and Statement of Ethical Principles. These five documents inform the way the network expects all of its participants to participate, especially so our prospective signatories. We expect your organization to commit itself to these basic documents and to adhere to it, witness your organization’s written pledge to do so at the time of signing: “We have read and approved of the Groningen Declaration and of its Network’s Statutes, By-Laws, Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Principles. We now apply our signatures below and commit to promoting the aims of the Groningen Declaration Network by our active involvement in its Task Forces, Committees and other activities.
  • After having familiarized yourself with these documents, fill out a statement of interest as envisaged in the Bylaws, article 1. Please add head shot (a photograph) of your organization’s main contact –which could be you – and a logo.
  • Submit your complete statement of interest with the required photograph and organizational logo with the GDN Office, see here.
  • Upon receipt of your application, your organization’s  statement of interest will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director and Secretary will notify you of the outcome once approved.

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On data protection and privacy

As any network organization, the  GDN requires a contacts database to stay in touch with you : after all, what is a Network if it has no participating nodes?  But – since our network consist of persons, the data that our contacts database holds are personal; moreover, since many of the persons in our network are either citizens of the European Union or maintain close dealings with citizens in the EU, the GDN has to comply with the rules of the recently enacted EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR; and this holds particularly true for the way we store, use and manage data in the GDN contacts database .

Now, given the GDN’s stance on privacy as being one of the essential building blocks  to make the GDN vision and goals happen, the GDN wholeheartedly embraces the GDPR. Therefore,  we want you to know what we do with your data and, of course, give you access to the data we keep on file about you and put you in control of your data. Please follow this link for more information on how the GDN views data protection.