News about the SURF cooperation

Short (strategic) news items about trends, developments and highlights of SURF's services and innovation projects.

Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021 provides insight into the resilience of institutions

The Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021 shows that Dutch education and research institutions have invested extra in cyber security in the past year. The incident at Maastricht University at the end of 2019 and the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 were the main reasons for this. Nevertheless, institutions are still susceptible to many cyber threats. 

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SURF's new supercomputer will be powerful and sustainable

SURF's new national supercomputer will have almost 10 times the computing power of its predecessor and will be the most powerful high-performance computing system in the Netherlands. The supercomputer will be energy-efficient thanks to the water-cooling technology used. The agreement with builder Lenovo was signed on 1 February.

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Wel of niet samenwerken met de grote techreuzen, hoe kijkt de CINO van SURF daar tegenaan?

Ron Augustus is sinds september 2020 chief innovation officer (CINO) en lid van de raad van bestuur bij SURF. Hoe kijkt hij aan tegen de groeiende invloed van de grote techspelers? Hoe beschermen we als sector onze publieke waarden? In een interview met ScienceGuide vertelt hij hier meer over.

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Migration completed: a future-proof network for all institutions

All the institutions connected to SURF are now connected to the newest network, SURFnet8. This network anticipates the future needs of users. The network was completely renewed in four years. The last institution made the switch at the end of December. Now all the institutions have a more stable and flexible network for the future.

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Greater resilience against cyber attacks for education and research

With the arrival of the SURF Security Operations Centre (SURFsoc), SURF members will be more resilient to cyber attacks on their ICT infrastructure. The new service stems from wishes expressed by the entire education and research sector. After the serious ransomeware attack on Maastricht University in late 2019, it became clear how important collaboration and knowledge sharing in the field of information security is.

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Start sharing digital learning materials

SURF launches a platform for sharing digital learning resources for the Dutch higher education sector. With edusources, instructors and students can easily find and reuse digital learning resources for their teaching or studies.

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Vancis sale case closed

In 2017, SURF had received signals about possible shortcomings in the sales process of its subsidiary Vancis. These have been extensively and professionally investigated in order to test and complete the existing picture. In this context, information was requested from various parties and persons involved and witness interviews were also held under oath. On the basis of the information that has been obtained and tested, SURF has decided not to take any further steps and to close the case.

Vancis sale case closed

In 2017, SURF had received signals about possible shortcomings in the sales process of its subsidiary Vancis. These have been extensively and professionally investigated in order to test and complete the existing picture. In this context, information was requested from various parties and persons involved and witness interviews were also held under oath. On the basis of the information that has been obtained and tested, SURF has decided not to take any further steps and to close the case.

Kort verslag van de SURF-ledenraad 9 december 2020

Op 9 december vond de 18e ledenraadvergadering van SURF online plaats. De ledenraad keurde de prioriteiten van de sectoren en daarmee de plannen voor 2021-2022 goed en gaf aan veel vertrouwen te hebben in de aanpak en in SURF.

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Dorien Jongeneel joins SURF Supervisory Board

Dorien Jongeneel will join SURF's Supervisory Board as of 1 January 2021 for a period of 4 years. In her role she will also be chairman of SURF's Audit Committee.

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Brief report of the SURF Council of Members 7 October 2020

On 7 October, SURF's 17th members' council meeting took place by videoconferencing. Members are excited about the draft 2Year Plan and SURF's Executive Board presented a proposal for strategy development 2020-2021.

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Brief report of the SURF Council of Members 17 June 2020

On 17 June, SURF's 16th members' council meeting took place via videoconferencing. The core package for 2021 was adopted, the sector priorities for the SURF 2Year Plan 2021-2022 were shared with the Member Council, and a decision was taken on SURF's legal structure.

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Erwin Bleumink and Jan Bakker hand over management responsibilities to new Board of Directors

Over the past year, SURF has taken important steps towards a more streamlined and innovative organisation for our members. In 2020, we are presenting a new SURF. This also means that Erwin Bleumink and Jan Bakker are saying goodbye to SURF as directors. We are very grateful to them for their strong commitment and contributions to the SURF cooperative.

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The priorities of the sectors for the 2YP 2021-2022 are known

In the period January to May, SURF members set their priorities for 2021-2022 sector by sector. These form the basis for the SURF 2Year Plan that we will be drawing up. Many of the priorities match nicely with the MYA 2019-2022 and the projects already underway based on this. The necessary synergy can be found across the sectors, which provides a good basis for the follow-up.

Read the short summary of the priorities by sector

SURF Board of Directors complete following the appointment of Ron Augustus as Chief Innovation Officer (CINO)

On Wednesday 13 May, the SURF Members' Council appointed Ron Augustus as Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) and member of the SURF Board of Directors. He will start his new role on 1 September 2020. Following the previous appointment of Jet de Ranitz as President and CEO, and Hans Louwhoff as Chief Operations Officer (COO), the new SURF Board of Directors is now complete. Together, the members of the Board of Directors will continue to build SURF's future.

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SURF 2Year Plan 2021-2022: sectors inform each other on 20 May

On 1 June next, all sectors and the SURF organisation will provide their own priorities as input for the SURF 2Year Plan 2021-2022. On 20 May, there will still be a good week to go before the submission date: many priorities will then be in the picture and at the same time there will still be an opportunity to refine or supplement priorities. That is why there will be an exchange moment between sectors that afternoon.  The final priorities will be sent to the Members' Council at the beginning of June for discussion on 17 June.

Read more about the 2Year Plan (in Dutch)

Hans Louwhoff appointed as Chief Operations Officer of SURF

Today, SURF's Members' Council appointed Hans Louwhoff as Chief Operations Officer and member of SURF's Executive Board. He will start on 1 June 2020. Together with Jet de Ranitz as Chairwoman of the Executive Board and the yet to be appointed Chief Innovation Officer, he will form the new Executive Board. With the appointment of Ellen van Schoten and Saskia Vlaar, the Supervisory Board will also be complete again as of 1 April.

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SURF 2019 Annual Review: Great milestones for SURF

Driving innovation together – that's SURF's mission. Last year we achieved great results working alongside our members: universities, universities of applied sciences, senior secondary vocational education (MBO) institutions, research institutes and university medical centres. Read all about it in our 2019 Annual Review.

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Brief report of the SURF Council of Members 25 March 2020

On 25 March, SURF's 14th members' council meeting took place. Not as usual at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, but via video conferencing. One new member of the board of diretors and 4 Supervisory Board members were appointed. The legal structure, the membership policy and the procedure for drawing up the SURF 2Year Plan 2021-2022 were also discussed.

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Anwar Osseyran bids farewell to the SURF Board

Due to health reasons, Anwar Osseyran has decided to resign from his duties as Director of SURFsara and is therefore also stepping down as a member of SURF's Executive Board. Anwar will, however, continue to work as an advisor for the collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research until mid-2021.

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Brief report of the SURF Council of Members 11 December 2019

On 11 December, SURF's 13th members' council meeting took place in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. It was an important meeting of the members' council, at which a number of appointments to key positions took place. Below you can read a short report of the meeting with the most important points.

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Jet de Ranitz appointed as new CEO SURF

In order to provide optimum support for cooperation and innovation in the field of ICT in education and research in the coming years, the SURF Members' Council elected a number of new executives this afternoon. Jet de Ranitz has been appointed Chairwoman of the Executive Board. In this role, she also acts as CEO.

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Impression of the SURF Members' Council 9 October 2019

The SURF's members' council meeting took place on 9 October at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. What was discussed and decided? Discussions included the changes in the composition of the members' council, SURF's new governance structure and the financial state of affairs.

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SURF is changing in order to realise ambitions in digitisation of education and research

15 October 2019 - SURF has great ambitions for the digitisation of education and research. To achieve this, we need to increase the involvement of our member institutions and improve the governance of the SURF cooperative. On 9 October, the SURF member council agreed to plans to achieve this, including a reorganisation of SURF.

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