Task forces

Task Forces play an  important part in the furthering of the goals of the Groningen Declaration Network. Task Forces are set up by the Board of Directors and are headed by a Groningen Declaration signatory,  who may recruit Task Force members from among the invited participants to the annual meetings.

Currently, the following Task Forces are active:

  • Empowering Cross Border Enrolment and Student Loan Portability  – Coordinated by Jelger de Boer, Consultant on Business Management and on Quality Assurance, DUO (Netherlands) and with members Tessa Mouha,  AHOVOKS, Department of Education and Training, Flanders (Belgium); Per Zettervall, Director of the System Management and Operations Department at the Swedish Council for Higher Education UHR (Sweden) and Cheryl Darrup-Boychuck, INTCAS USA.


  • Verification Policies and Best Practices – Co-chairs: Margaret Wenger, Director of Evaluation Methodology, ECE Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (USA) and representing TAICEP (The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals); and Navin Vasudev, Deputy Director Foreign Qualifications Evaluation & Advisory Services, SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority); and with as TF members: Ms Baiba Ramina, Chair of the Board, AIC Academic Information Center (Latvia); Ms Vera Skorobogatova, Head, Glavexpercentr/Russian ENIC (Russian Federation); Ms Amee Shroff, Head, International Relations &  New Projects, CDSL/NAD National Academic Database (India); Neil Robinson,Executive Director, Academic Services and Registrar, University of Melbourne (Australia);  Ricardo Torres, CEO & President, National Student Clearinghouse (USA); Ms. Li Xiaoshu (Susan), Project Supervisor in the CHSI International Promotion Department, CHESICC China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (China); and with as observers Andy Dowling, CEO, Digitary (Ireland); Patrick Corcoran, Senior Specialist, Department of Migration Management, IOM International Organization for Migration (Switzerland); and Mr Kwame Dattey, Executive Secretary, National Accreditation Board (Ghana). For more details, read this article that appeared in the January 2016 TAICEP Newsletter, page 15-18.

Acknowledging previous Task Forces

The GDN Board of Directors would like to graciously acknowledge the following Task Forces that have already produced their deliverables:

  • Business Case – Headed by Ricardo Torres, CEO/President, National Student Clearinghouse (USA).


  • Dissemination – Headed by Victoriano Giralt, Past President, Groningen Declaration Network, Universidad de Málaga (Spain); and with as TF members: Cheryl Darrup Boychuck, Chief Architect, FundsV (USA); Jacqui Elson-Green, Higher Ed Services (Australia); and with as resource person Joy Leighton, Director of Communications and Web Strategy Stanford University (USA).
  • Mid Term Vision 2020 – The Task Force Mid Term Vision 2020 served an important function in broadening support among the participants of  the network for the  transition of the GDN from a virtual network to the present foundation. Starting on 20 December 2016, when the GDN Board of Directors legally came in its own right , the work of the Task Force has  been transferred to the Board of Directors. It is with gratitude that the Board recognizes the work undertaken by the Task Force, coordinated by Michael Sessa, President/CEO, PESC ; and  with as TF members Mikael Berglund, Umea University/Ladok system architect (Sweden); Doug Falk, CIO, National Student Clearinghouse (USA); Valère Meus, Coordinator, Erasmus without Paper project & International Relations Expert, University of Ghent (Belgium); Neil Robinson, Chair, DSD (Digital Student Data) Reference Group & Executive Director, Academic Services and Registrar, University of Melbourne (Australia); Michael Zhang Zhiyuan, CHESICC and member of the GDN Executive Committee; and as observers: Victoriano Giralt and Herman de Leeuw.


  • Pilots – The Pilots Task Force managed the I.D.E.A. Hub, an online moderated self-service self-description database that serves as a a depository of ongoing pilots and initiatives world-wide. The I.D.E.A. Hub showcases these pilots with a view to facilitating the connection between piloting organizations and  interested  stakeholders. Co-chairs: Dik van der Wal, Manager, International Services, DUO and Head, Netherlands Europass Consortium; and  Kathleen Massey, Associate Vice President (Students), University of Lethbridge, Canada.
  • Principles – This was the first GDN Task Force to have produced its deliverable, the Statement of Ethical Principles which can be consulted here. (pdf). The Groningen Declaration Executive Committee would like to express its deep gratitude to the Task Force, which was headed by dr. John Yopp, CIEE, Council on International Educational Exchange (USA); and whose other members were Mtro. Guillermo Pablo Lopez Andrade, Secretaría de Educación Pública (Mexico); Andrew Cormack, JISC (United Kingdom); Mike Reilly, AACRAO (USA); and Michael Zhang Zhiyuan, CHESICC (China).