MyAcademicID (MyAID) is developing an innovative solution for higher education students to authenticate their student status online in a safe and simple manner. By connecting the relevant European networks –such as eIDAS and eduGAIN– and implementing a unique European Student Identifier, the project will enable students to use either the credentials issued by their home university or their national citizen eID to access different student electronic services when going on mobility abroad. This will be possible at the click of a button, without requiring students to create new accounts or share their information more than once. In practice, this translates into a truly European Student eID, valid across borders and e-services. In the future, students will also be able to register at higher education institutions using their national eID, linking their citizen and student identities.
Key services for international student mobility under the Erasmus programme are currently integrating MyAcademicID, including the Erasmus+ Mobile App, the Online Learning Agreement, the Erasmus Dashboard and the PhD Hub. With their current academic credentials, students will be able to access them all.
By enhancing internationalisation, MyAcademicID has become a key policy component of the digitalisation roadmap set out in the European Student Card Initiative, bringing higher education closer to the vision of a European Education Area where there are no physical or virtual borders to studying abroad.
Throughout the implementation of MyAcademicID (Jan 2019 - Dec 2020), all the relevant technical documents will be made available in the EWP Competence Centre.
Where to start?
If you are a higher education institution and you want to make sure that your students can benefit from MyAcademicID, you can start by following the next steps:
- Read the MyAcademicID technical documentation available on this website.
- Verify if your institution is participating in eduGAIN; if not, check whether this is an option for your institution and get in touch with your National Research and Education Network (NREN). https://technical.edugain.org/status
- Liaise with your IT department to make sure that your university can a) support the deployment of the European Student Identifier (ESI) in your local information systems and b) release the relevant student attributes through eduGAIN when students authenticate electronically:
- Home organisation
- Check if your institution is working towards enabling student enrolment via eIDAS and the use of national eID credentials: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/e-identification