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Digitalization of the Student Life Cycle: Challenge and Opportunity for Universities

12 pagesPublished: August 9, 2023


The digitalization of higher education services along the student life cycle is a central task that must be tackled by considering both internal aspects of higher education as well as those of digital networking and the law. This topic is explained in more detail using the concrete process "Recognition of academic achievements". This process is currently supported in digital form, but - not only in Germany, but also in many European countries – it is not mapped in digital workflows. In order to implement this successfully, it is not only necessary to harmonize the diverse federal, national and international projects and initiatives. The academic sector within universities must be willing to consider the mutual recognition of achievements and acquired competencies as the normality, and to ensure that the recognition process is transparent. Only if recognition decisions are made on the basis of clearly defined criteria can they be mapped well in digital workflows and thus effectively support the stakeholders involved. And policymakers must keep pushing this as a priority at universities if they want to achieve a high rate of international student mobility as one of their goals.

Keyphrases: Digitalization, Legal Aspects, process management, Recognition process, student life cycle, Universities

In: Jean-François Desnos and Martín López Nores (editors). Proceedings of European University Information Systems Congress 2023, vol 95, pages 89--100

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Harald Gilch and Inga Gerling and Friedrich Stratmann},
  title     = {Digitalization of the Student Life Cycle: Challenge and Opportunity for Universities},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of European University Information Systems Congress 2023},
  editor    = {Jean-Fran\textbackslash{}c\{c\}ois Desnos and Mart\textbackslash{}'in L\textbackslash{}'opez Nores},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Computing},
  volume    = {95},
  pages     = {89--100},
  year      = {2023},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-7340},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/3z6q}}
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