The Erasmus Without Paper project plays a central role in the European Commission’s European Student Card Initiative, a key initiative of the European Education Area. As part of this initiative, the Commission has announced that all higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus+ programme will gradually have to start using the Erasmus Without Paper Network/Dashboard to exchange student mobility data with other higher education institutions participating in the new programme.
For more information on how your institution can connect to and use Erasmus Without Paper to manage student mobility, please visit the Erasmus Without Paper Competence Centre. Note that the Competence Centre has practical and technical information, guidelines and video tutorials to support your institution, whether you are just getting started or are already using Erasmus Without Paper to manage your student mobility.
EWP support - capacity issues
Even though the EU funding for the EWP project officially ended on 31.12.2019, the Erasmus Without Paper Network and Dashboard will be maintained and further developed in the context of the European Student Card Initiative. The core project team remains active despite there being no direct funding at present for the EWP project, working to ensure that both the EWP Network and Dashboard remain available to more than 1000 and 2300 higher education institutions respectively. In 2020 we have also deployed new APIs and online services and ensured that the rapid increase in the number of connections to this infrastructure was achieved without difficulties. We also made a major effort to tend to more than 3000 emails and support requests.
The rapid growth of EWP and the fact that personalized support to users is a very resource-intensive task means that we do not have the capacity to continue to operate this service to the desired extent for the time being, and would like to invite users to refer to the EWP Competence Centre, where most relevant information can already be found. In the meantime, we will continue to strive for resources to be allocated to enabling the kind of support that the Erasmus+ community undoubtably deserves.
The EWP teams remains strongly committed to the success of this initiative and the ESCI as a whole. We will continue to marshal our own resources and voluntary work to cover the costs of keeping the EWP Network, Dashboard and Competence Centre available and are currently exploring different possibilities to ensure a more sustainable funding.
On the 12th and 13th of December 2018 the Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) network was successfully presented during the Launch Conference in Ghent. Below you can find presentations, recording of both conference days and pictures of the event
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