The Future of Digital
Student Data Portability

Common Parallel Sessions Wrap Up

May 18, 2016
12:20 p.m. - 12:30 p. m.


Peter van der Hijden
Independent Higher Education Expert
Peter van der Hijden is an independent European expert in higher education and research. A Dutch citizen, Peter studied law in Nijmegen and Leiden and graduated from Maastricht University. In Maastricht, he worked for 10 years as Vice-Registrar of the University Council and Research Policy Officer at the Faculty of Law. During 23 years, Peter has worked for the European Commission in Brussels, where he helped build the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme and where he has been Head of Sector Higher Education Policy in Directorate General Education and Culture (modernising universities, Bologna process). Peter chaired the ENIC-NARIC network, coordinated ECTS, negotiated Bologna Communiqués and supported the development of U-Multirank and Tuning. Peter also worked in DG Transport and Energy (inland waterways) and DG Research and Innovation (European Research Area and the Horizon 2020 framework programme). At present, Peter acts as an advisor to the European Commission, governments, universities and NGOs, notably garagErasmus, the professional network of the Erasmus generation where he serves as a member of the board.


  • We come back together and do a quick update to the plenary on what went on in the parallels
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