GDN Annual Conference
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day



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Groningen Declaration Network  

Dear Colleague,

As a Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Signatory, your engagement in the GDN includes participating in the annual conferences, attending webinars, and leading many related initiatives contributes to the effectiveness of the GDN.  Thank you for your enthusiastic and enduring support. The pandemic has demonstrated that the digital exchange of student data is more necessary than ever, underscoring the importance of the GDN’s ongoing work internationally. As a global movement, we cannot do this well without your continued involvement. The Annual Meeting is where the world meets, where ideas are sparked, and international collaborations are nurtured.   Today, I am writing to notify about the GDN Board of Directors recent decisions regarding the 2021 Annual Meeting. 

A number of factors influenced our decisions. The GDN Board of Directors prioritized the wellness of our GDN community. Holding an international in-person conference before the distribution of an effective vaccine would be irresponsible.  Current practical challenges such as travel restrictions, financial constraints, and other factors evident in this summer’s GDN annual meeting survey results also informed our thinking. Recent encouraging announcements, such as the release of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID19 vaccine, the world’s first, give us reason to believe that some restrictions will be lifted in the second half of 2021. We also hope for the equitable distribution of effective vaccines in 2021.   

Our decisions:

  1. The GDN 2021 Annual Meeting originally scheduled for May 2021 will be postponed;
  2. It has been re-scheduled to occur on October 13-15, 2021, in Canada; 
  3. We are planning for an in-person conference, the GDN community’s preferred modality. The planning will be informed by pandemic-related restrictions (availability of vaccines and travel). Although not our preference, a virtual conference may still be necessary, even in the autumn of 2021. We will provide regular updates;
  4. This timing change will affect future GDN Annual Meetings, which will occur in the autumn each year from 2021 onward; and,
  5. The 2022 Annual Meeting, GDN’s 10th anniversary, will occur in Groningen, Netherlands in the autumn of 2022.  

The success of the GDN Annual Meeting and the sustainability of the GDN will depend on your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Annual Meeting in October in Canada and to your ongoing and enthusiastic involvement in the GDN. 

Please stay tuned for more details and for the call for proposals for the 2021 conference in the coming months.


Kathleen Massey
President, GDN (2020-2021)
On behalf of the GDN Board of Directors


Invitation to TAICEP Brown Bag Lunch at the AACRAO Annual Meeting
Apr 4 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Please join us at for an informal, bring-your-own-lunch informational meeting at the AACRAO Annual Meeting in Portland.  Learn more about the exciting resources and activities offered by TAICEP (The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals).  We are a group of people from around the world who evaluated foreign educational credentials for admission to higher education and other purposes.  All interested people are warmly welcome to attend.


TAICEP Brown Bag Lunch

Monday April 4
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Location: See conference program.

TAICEP At Your Desk: Update on Ukraine
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Open to TAICEP members and non-members at no cost.  Invite your colleagues!


Title: TAICEP At Your Desk:  Update on Ukraine

Date/Time:  April 13, 2022, 11 am Eastern (US)

Description: In this webinar, we will cover the Ukrainian education system as well as crisis issues such as verification availability.


Tatiana McKenna has worked at Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. since 2008. She earned her Specialist Diploma from Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University (Ukraine); the equivalent, in the United States, of a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English and German languages, with an emphasis on TESOL. Tatiana has 8 years of pedagogical and scientific experience from Ukraine. In addition to acting as an Assistant Professor at Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University for 5 years (teaching English and Methods of Foreign Languages), she spent 3 years working on a scientific dissertation on the Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages at Kyiv National Linguistic University (Ukraine). Tatiana is a native speaker of Ukrainian and Russian, and is also fluent in German. Her countries of specialization include former USSR, Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She participates and presents at various regional, national, and international conferences hosted by WAIE, TAICEP, EAIE, NAFSA, and ECE webinars.


TAICEP At Your Desk: The Educational System of Poland
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Open to TAICEP members and non-members at no cost.  Invite your colleagues!


Title: TAICEP At Your Desk:  The Educational System of Poland

Date/Time:  July 13, 2022, 11 am Eastern (US)

Description: In this webinar we will cover the education system of Poland, including benchmark credentials and grading scale, the education reforms of 2010 and 2018,  along with a Q&A session with Aleks Morawski and Hanna Reczulska on the current impact the war on Ukraine is having on the education sector of the country.



Aleks Morawski is the director of evaluation services at Scholaro, based in Chicago, IL. He holds a BA and MA degrees in political science earned in the United States. His professional experience includes credential evaluation at private agencies, international admissions and recruitment at major US universities, and training and consulting on various topics in international education. Aleks served on NAFSA leadership and Trainer Corps since 2009. He is also one of the co-authors of NAFSA’s Managing a Successful International Admissions Office and continues as a member editor of IEM Spotlight. Beyond NAFSA, Aleks chairs the Scholarship and Publications Committee for AICE, the Association of International Credential Evaluators and is a faculty member of AACRAO International Institutes. He is a regular presenter at local, national, and international conferences. Beyond credential evaluation, Aleks enjoys mentoring new professionals in international education and advising academic organizations in the United States and around the world. He is also never one to turn down a road trip or an opportunity to explore new places large and small.


Hanna Reczulska is Director of Bureau for Recognition of Education, Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) – Polish ENIC-NARIC centre.

Has 20 years’ experience in the field of higher education and recognition of foreign qualifications. Was a member of NARIC Advisory Board. Since 2018 she represents the Ministry of Education and Science in the Bologna Thematic Peer Group B on Key Commitment 2: National legislation and procedures compliant with the Lisbon Recognition Convention. She is a member of the advisory group on microcredentials in higher education, established by the Minister of Education and Science.   Was involved in numerous international and national projects aiming at facilitating recognition. She was involved in drafting the legislation regarding recognition and higher education in 2009-2010 and 2017-2018.



TAICEP Webinar: Russia – An Update
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Open to TAICEP members and non-members at no cost.  Invite your colleagues!


Title: TAICEP At Your Desk:  Russia – An Update

Date/Time:  September 27, 2022, 11 am Eastern (US)

Description: Join us for another TAICEP At Your Desk webinar – Russia: An Update. This webinar will provide an overview of the education system and qualifications of Russia and will include an update on current trends and issues.


Erik is a Credential Evaluator at the Swedish Council for Higher Education. He
has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University and has also
studied in Germany and Russia. Erik has worked with credential evaluation since 2000. Erik
specializes in the educational systems of Eurasia and has participated in many study visits to the
region. He has presented at educational conferences in both Europe and North America on topics
relating to the educational systems of the former Soviet Union and educational fraud.




TAICEP 8th Annual Conference – Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

TAICEP’s 2022 8th Annual Conference – Glasgow, Scotland:  Has Now Concluded.  It was a great conference…see you next year!


TAICEP Webinar: Recent Changes to the Chinese Credential Authentication Process
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Open to TAICEP members and non-members at no cost.  Invite your colleagues!



Please join us for a short (30-45 minutes) webinar on December 8, 2022, at 11 am (EST) about the recent changes of CSSD (name change, service change, degree verification adjustment, CSSD news); verification reports; how to apply and send the reports; and how to authenticate.

Presenter: Yuan Weiping (Heather)
Position: Manager in International Promotion Department
Organization: CSSD (Center for Student Services and Development, Ministry of Education, P.R.

Ms. Yuan Weiping has served 16 years in higher education sector at a management position. She
created and led two departments, carrying out the business at the same time. Starting
international business of CSSD from 2012, she has involved and witnessed the development of
international business and the collaborations with embassies, universities, central databases,
evaluation agencies etc. She was the member of national research team of Case Study of China
Recognition of Secondary School Leaving Diplomas, Certificates & Standardized Tests Giving
Access to Higher Education in Asia & Pacific for UNESCO.




Presenter: Li Xiaoshu (Susan)
Position: Project Manager in International Promotion Department
Organization: CSSD (Center for Student Services and Development, Ministry of Education, P.R.

Ms. Li Xiaoshu (Susan) works as the Project Manager in the International Promotion Department
of CSSD, mainly responsible for project promotion at CSSD. She has served 9 years in higher
education. She served as a director at GDN Board of Directors from 2019 to 2022. She has given
sessions at TAICEP, GDN annual meetings and other international meetings. Susan graduated
from Xi’an International Studies University, China with a Master of Arts degree in Foreign
Language and Applied Linguistics. She spent two years working as a college teacher before
joining CSSD.




ISANA NZ Conference
Mar 23 – Mar 24 all-day

You can now register and log in to the conference website to view information about the event. We will continue to be updating workshop details and inviting expressions of interest from presenters.

AACRAO: Annual Meeting
Mar 26 – Mar 29 all-day

The AACRAO Annual Meeting is an opportunity to learn, network, and advance higher education. Professionals from a variety of higher education disciplines gather together at AACRAO’s Annual Meeting to engage and discuss the ever-changing landscape of higher-ed.

Collaborate with a worldwide, higher education network as it comes together to explore, engage, and learn. Each year higher education professionals face new and unique challenges in their work and AACRAO’s Annual Meeting is the place to find solutions to those challenges.


NCAIE: Annual State Conference
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day

2023 Annual State Conference

Hosted by the Office of Global Affairs at East Carolina University