SURF members

The Dutch universities, colleges of higher education, university medical centres, secondary vocational educational institutions and research institutions work together in SURF to develop ground-breaking ICT innovations. More than 100 institutions from 5 sectors are members of the SURF cooperative. These are categorised into 6 departments:

Representation of sectors

SURF serves 5 sectors: research universities (WO), universities of applied sciences (HBO), secondary vocational educational institutions (MBO), university medical centres (UMCs) and research. A number of directors from each sector are represented on the Members' Council so as to ensure proportional representation of holders of the management portfolios: education, research and business operations.

The members of SURF are categorised into 6 departments on the Members' Council: research universities (WO), universities of applied sciences (HBO), secondary vocational educational institutions (MBO), university medical centres (UMCs), research and other members. To draw up plans, research and other members work together as the Research+ department. Although we refer to sectors and sector priorities, they do not formally constitute a sector.

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Purchasing services from SURF

Joint services are developed and offered within SURF so that members can benefit from economies of scale and do not have to reinvent the wheel on their own.

SURF has divided its activities among 3 operating companies: SURFmarket, SURFnet and SURFsara. Institutions purchase a service by concluding a service agreement with the operating company that provides the service.

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