Abstract : The paper contributes to the debate on the development and future of the CERIF model. In particular, it provides empirical elements to three questions: (a) How are existing CRIS projects connected to education systems? (b) Should the CERIF model be extended to education? (c) If so, how should this be done (entities, attributes, semantics)? The paper is based on a double methodology, an online survey with CERIF project managers and interviews with a panel of experts from euroCRIS. Survey and interviews have been carried out between February and April 2012. Results are indecisive - so far, the connection from research management systems to education related data seems not to be a priority, neither for the project managers nor for euroCRIS experts. When the systems are connected, simple data exchange between independent data silos appears to be the solution of choice. The results are discussed and perspectives for euroCRIS are suggested.