About SURF
SURF is a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions in which the members combine their strengths. Within SURF, we work together to acquire or develop the best possible digital services, and to encourage knowledge sharing through continuous innovation. The members are the owners of SURF.
SURF Cooperative

There is a growing awareness in society and education that the deployment of intelligent technology requires reflection and guidance to exploit opportunities and manage risks, which the technology also entails.

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What SURF does

In the coming years, the SURF organisation will work with members to increase the quality of education and research using ICT innovation. We will do this in 9 innovation zones.

Our focus for 2022-2027

Onze focus 2022-2027

Much is changing in social, technological and economic terms. Dutch education and research are working together in SURF to meet these challenges. As a cooperative, we stand strong together. Read how we contribute to Dutch education and research today and tomorrow so they can excel.

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Innovation zones

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In the coming years, the SURF organisation will work with members to increase the quality of education and research using ICT innovation. We will do this in 9 innovation zones.

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Towards a more transparent SURF service

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In 2020, we launched 1SURF. While all our services - think of the SURF network, the supercomputer and all the joint procurement and tendering processes - continued as usual, we set up a renewed organisation. As a result, we are now delivering a number of service harmonisation projects.

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SURF's portfolio of services

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Within SURF, we develop ICT services for education and research. SURF members and other institutions from these sectors can make use of our services. Read how we can help you further improve your education and research with ict.

SURF's portfolio of services


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Through SURF, the members make joint agreements with ICT and content suppliers on the supply and purchase of products and services. In this way, the members jointly ensure scale and an efficient point of contact for suppliers. Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) are part of this.



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SURF works on developments that are important for future generations. That is why we want to contribute to sustainability in the education and research sector. In addition, sustainability is an integral part of our services. We have an ambitious corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.


SURF Open Innovation Lab

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To meet all the challenges in research, education and society, innovation is crucial for SURF and its members. The SURF Open Innovation Lab (SOIL) brings together all activities and experiments in early innovation and open collaboration. We do this together with institutions and companies.

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Futuring: a look to the future

Futuring at SURF

New technologies like AI, XR, edge and quantum are enabling impactful applications. What does this mean for education and research institutions? With futuring, we look ahead and respond to developments faster and more efficiently. In this way, we jointly make better strategic choices for the future.

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