International collaboration

SURF also engages in intensive international collaborations with partner organisations working to encourage new ICT applications. Its efforts help the Netherlands to maintain its leading position in the area of ICT, while allowing SURF to contribute to the European education and research network.

International collaboration also extends to the area of policy development.

International network partners

SURF invests heavily in the expansion and maintenance of its network of higher education partner organisations, at both national and international level. In addition to helping the Netherlands maintain its leading position in the area of ICT, such international collaborations also allow SURF to contribute to a technological and organisational infrastructure for European research and education. Read more about international collaboration within SURFnet.

International contacts

SURF prioritises international collaboration with organisations that share its goal of promoting innovation and the development of new ICT applications. SURF works with various international partners, such as Knowledge Exchange.

Knowledge Exchange

The Knowledge Exchange (KE) alliance strives to develop coherent policies towards the improvement of ICT facilities and infrastructure within the European higher education sector. KE consists of various leading national European organisations, including SURF.

European policy development

The Knowledge Exchange participants exchange information and share their knowledge and experiences. They also jointly develop policies, programmes and campaigns aimed at drawing attention to specific fields. For example, Knowledge Exchange has developed multinational licences, promoted Open Access, developed virtual research environments and worked to improve the accessibility of research data. Knowledge Exchange also serves as a point of contact for other national organisations working to coordinate and initiate similar activities.

International SURF partners

SURF's other international partners include:

  • JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee): This UK counterpart to SURF promotes the use of ICT in the British secondary and higher education system.
  • DEFF (Denmark's Electronic Research Library): DEFF supports a broad range of projects and innovative developments in the area of ICT, research, education and library management. Its activities centre around the improvement of ICT applications in support of education and research.
  • DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft): DFG is the central, autonomous research organisation working to promote research within research universities and other publicly-funded research institutions in Germany.
  • ECAR (the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research): ECAR is part of EDUCAUSE and works to promote applied research in support of ICT-related decision-making processes in the higher education sector.
  • EDUCAUSE: EDUCAUSE strives to promote the application of ICT in the higher education sector.

International conferences

SURF also participates in various international conferences in order to promote innovative Dutch developments abroad. SURF also organises study trips to various conferences for a range of target groups in the higher education sector. A case in point would be the annual study trip to the EDUCAUSE conference (US).