Emerging NREN Programme
NORDUnet is the result of a sustained effort of the Nordic countries to build national research & education networks, and of an equally sustained effort to collaborate across the region. We believe that this approach has been vital to the Nordic countries, and that NORDUnet and the Nordic NRENs provide critical services to Nordic research and education.
We also believe this approach is valid to other countries and regions. We acknowledge that some regions face challenges of infrastructure and economy of a nature not applicable to us. Yet, we belive in having NRENs everywhere. We also find it essential for our mission to have NRENs established everywhere. Research and education is global. From the Nordic region we need to collaborate with global partners, and we need such collaboration to be supported by global and local infrastructures. It is our hope that researchers and students everywhere are connected to an R&E network so that we can reach them. We are happy to share the substantial experience we have collected over the years, if in doing so we can support emerging NRENs in overcoming some of their challenges.
To this end, NORDUnet has established an Emerging NREN Programme. Under this programme we have launched a number of initiatives. During the NORDUnet 2016 conference we worked with sponsors Ciena and Eduix to invite representatives from 10 emerging NRENs to participate in the conference and visit NORDUnet and other facilities.
It is important to stress that the emerging NREN programme is not an attempt to tell emerging NRENs what to do, nor to do the job for them. Rather, the programme is meant to foster global knowledge sharing, and support emerging NRENs in supporting themselves, and via our vast experience to help in establishing local and regional communities.