Amman – HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh chaired the shareholders’ meeting of the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) at Marriott Hotel in Amman. During the meeting, a number of decisions have been made, including the approval of ASREN’s 2017 financial statement and 2019 operational plan. The plan provides concrete steps for the development of pan Arab research and education network and for the implementation of services and applications to research and education communities, including; eduroam, eduGain, Science Gateway, and Identity Federation platforms for seamless access to repositories, computing facilities, and services, worldwide. The success of the EUMEDCONNECT, AfricaConnect and other European funded projects provide a good basis to enhance collaboration between Arab and European scientists, and to promote the development of research that focuses on the use of e-Infrastructures.
The shareholders have emphasized on the importance of integration of Arab e-infrastructures and connection with Europe, the United States, Latin America and Africa through ASREN’s exchange point in London. They also requested that ASREN contributes to the development of national research and education networks (NRENs) in a number of Arab countries, including Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Djibouti and Comoros.
The shareholders have encouraged the Arab NRENs to join ASREN as members of the Board of Trustees. The current shareholders will remain the founding members of ASREN.