HERUG 2021

Dear HERUG Colleagues,

HERUG 2021 has come to a close and on behalf of the University of Toronto, I’d like to thank all members of the community for your contributions and enthusiasm in making this year’s conference a success.  With over 614 delegate registrations representing 33 countries, this was truly an international event.

Transitioning an event of this size online was certainly an unexpected challenge this year. But, then, what hasn’t been a challenge this year? And yet impressively, whether you were part of the organizing or programming committees, a presenter, a vendor, or a delegate, everyone rose to the occasion to connect again. We had over 300 visits to our Expo booths with over 823 interactions. Many people also took the plunge and jumped into our virtual networking arena to meet a new friend! Over 100 virtual networking meetings took place and over 1,400 chat messages were posted to the conference platform over the three days.

This website has been updated and recordings of all presentations are now available on the site.  Please explore the sessions you may have missed – you may find a solution to that burning problem at your institution.

The University of Toronto will now pass the torch to Hernan Garcia and Tec de Monterrey, our next conference host.  I am sure HERUG 2022 will be a spectacular event for everyone in Mexico next year.

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About HERUG 2021

The University of Toronto was pleased to host the SAP Higher Education and Research User Group (HERUG) Conference in spring 2021. The theme for this conference was “Innovative Solutions for the Intelligent University,” a tribute to the important and unique role played by the HERUG community in sharing new ideas and solutions, which advance and strengthen our collective mission of serving the public good through teaching and research. Over the past several years, many of our institutions have experienced tremendous change, not only due to advances in SAP and related technologies but because the very nature of higher education is changing rapidly. Institutions are innovating in response – whether this is designing a new employee experience to attract the best talent, automating business processes to streamline financial or research operations, or obtaining insights into student applications and retention, we all have stories to share in meeting these new challenges and the University of Toronto was excited to play a role in accelerating these conversations at the 2021 conference.