What is an NREN?
A national research and education network (NREN) is a dedicated internet infrastructure and service provider to the research and educational communities within a country. NRENs provide connectivity and services to higher education establishments (typically universities) and research institutes but can also support schools, further education colleges, libraries and other public institutes.
NRENs are a vital component in e-Learning, e-Science and e-Research strategies as they bring a common approach to the coordination and deployment of national and international communication networks and services.
The organisational and ownership (governance) model for NRENs varies. For example, NRENs can be separately incorporated, government departments, or operated by third parties (often university departments) under contract.
What an NREN does
- Provides connectivity and services to education and research institutions.
- Connects talents across borders.
- Creates opportunities.
- Enables the production of solutions to worldwide challenges.
To contact your local NREN or supporting EU and international NRENs visit the Partners page.