ISIC Association took part in the kick-off meeting of the new EU-funded project “Esc-Tension 2 – Accelerating ESC Adoption in the EEA”, held in Brussels, on 27 November 2023. This project is financed under the KA2 Cooperation partnerships in Higher Education and will be coordinated by the ENDISU Foundation (Italy).
In principle, ESC-tension 2 is the follow-up of the previous project ESC-tension, coordinated as well by the ENDISU Foundation. Thanks to the initial project, a multilingual platform has been set up to provide new operational tools for HEIs to facilitate the harmonization of university cards with ESC standards, and for Student Service Providers to make student services ESC-friendly.
Therefore, while with the first project, the challenge was directed toward the institutional and organizational aspects of universities and SSPs for the adoption of ESC, the ESC-tension 2 project addresses operational challenges towards the awareness of the potential, benefits, and functionality of ESC among students.
ESC-tension 2 will develop a series of materials that plan to raise students’ awareness of the potential of ESC, providing training packages and operational tools that guide and encourage students in their concrete use of ESC.
The duration of the project is of 30 months, from November 2023 to April 2026 and its partners are the following: the project coordinator Fondazione ENDISU (Italy), ISIC – the International Student Identity Card Association (Denmark), Normandie Université (France), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), ECCA – the European Campus Card Association (Ireland) and ESN – the European Student Network (Belgium).
ISIC Association will be in charge of the implementation and coordination of the Work Package 2 (WP2) – ESC-tension Student Journey.