Magdeburg - App provider UniNow and Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences have jointly launched a digital student ID card that facilitates identification in everyday university life.
4th of August 2022
Digital media have become an integral part of our daily lives. In a special session, the IT Planning Council, the central political steering committee for the digitization of administration, prioritized federal administrative services that are to be made available digitally across the board by the end of the year. This includes enrollment. Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences has taken the next step toward digitization and, together with UniNow GmbH, has replaced the paper ID card with a digital university ID card
UniNow GmbH has already been cooperating with Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences since the winter semester 2019/20 and provides students with a variety of individual study-related data. For example, the app allows access to the email inbox, the dining hall schedule, or even the timetable. In addition, the borrowing account of the university library can be viewed and books can be renewed directly, grades can be queried and the student's own grade point average can be calculated.
A new function of the app is the digital student ID card. In the future, students will be able to use it to quickly and easily identify themselves for exams, university sports, and general contact with the university administration.
In addition, in cooperation with Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe (MVB), the digital ID can now also be used as a ticket on buses and trains in Magdeburg. With the smartphone, the ticket is always with you and annoying printouts and forgotten tickets are finally over. The semester ticket for Stendal is to be delivered by DBregio before the start of the winter semester 2022/23 and implemented with UniNow GmbH.
Students will also be able to access their digital library card. This makes it easier to borrow media from the university library, especially if the library card has been forgotten.
As an additional function, the digital ID card can also be used as a European Student Identifier (ESI) for Erasmus+ to easily identify international students at European universities.
"Data security was at the top of the list of requirements," says André Nollmann, initiator and supervisor of the project. Thus, when implementing the project, care was taken to ensure that data protection and data security were top priorities. For example, a data-saving interface was developed so that no personal data is stored on UniNow's servers and the ID card data is only stored on the user's terminal device. In addition, UniNow is externally audited annually by TÜV Süd in terms of data protection and data security to ensure the highest standards.
"We are pleased with the successful implementation of the digital student ID and that we will be able to offer students an even better range of services in the future with the digital ID," adds Stefan Wegener, Managing Director of UniNow GmbH.
About UniNow GmbH:
UniNow is Germany's market leader in the field of university apps. Already 65 universities have UniNow in use as their official campus app. The app provides all important study-related information bundled on a TÜV-certified and privacy-compliant platform. The free application has been on the market since 2016 and more than 20 employees in Magdeburg are now working on the development and marketing of the UniNow app. Another feature is a mobile job market that makes it easier for students to find a suitable job. UniNow is thus the universal app for everyday student life and career planning.
About Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences:
Founded in 1991, the university's name has long been a hallmark of sound academic education and a committed student body. At three departments in Magdeburg and two departments at the Stendal site, prospective students can choose from about 50 courses of study. Around 130 professors guarantee a very good supervision rate for about 3,700 students in Magdeburg and more than 1,800 in Stendal. Since the winter semester 2005/06, only Bachelor's and Master's degree programs have been offered.