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ERIC Number: EJ767479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Collaboration on ICT in Dutch Higher Education: The SURF Approach
Boezerooy, Petra; Cordewener, Bas; Liebrand, Wim
EDUCAUSE Review, v42 n3 p66, 68, 70, 72-74, 76, 78 May-Jun 2007
In "Thinking Ahead: A Vision of the Role of ICT in Education and Research in the Future, 2007-2010," the higher education institutions in the Netherlands agreed on future strategy. Under the direction of SURF, the Dutch national organization, a collaborative strategy for the application of information and communications technology (ICT) was formulated. The starting point for the strategy was the needs of individual users: how can higher education best organize and support the individual's workflow with fast, secure, and relevant services? Since 1985, SURF has served as the primary Dutch national cooperative organization for higher education and research partnership for network services and for ICT. The mission of SURF is to operate and innovate a joint advanced ICT infrastructure, fully utilizing the possibilities of ICT. SURF is responsible for one of the world's leading national network infrastructures and cost-effective application providers. Within SURF, higher institutions cooperate to improve the quality of higher education and research, especially in situations where collaborative efforts exceed the possibilities of individual approaches. Of the Dutch higher education institutions and academic, science, and research institutions, 99 percent are members of SURF. Government grants, membership fees, and payment for network services allow SURF to conduct a range of programs to support the institutions with a world-class network infrastructure and ICT-related services. The strength of SURF as a national organization is the collaboration between all Dutch higher education and research institutions--a collaboration that is of growing importance as the direction of Dutch higher education is being strongly influenced by European policies such as the Bologna Declaration and the Bologna Process, the Lisbon Strategy, and the Berlin Declaration. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands