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ASREN Envisions Sustainable Pan-Arab Network Infrastructure in IST – Africa 2016

AMMAN - The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) together with international research and education network partners participate in IST – Africa 2016, which was held in Durban - South Africa. State of the art of research and education networking infrastructure in the North Africa region was presented during AfricaConnect2 workshop.

Partners of research and education networks in Africa agreed to report regularly on the status of national research and education networks and their international connectivity. They have presented best practices and shared technical experiences in an effort to accelerate progress and development of high-speed networks that can provide researchers and students in Africa with seamless access to varieties of services, repositories, and applications.

On this occasion, HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of ASREN, indicated,

“National research and education networks are essential sources of development and can provide advanced networking services to the research and education communities in many countries around the world," adding, "Many of these networks have been established for decades as in Europe and America, but they are being established in the Arab countries."

Regional research and education networks in Africa work together to establish a specialized African research and education Network through the AfricaConnect2 project that is co-funded by the European Commission. The network interconnects the Arab NRENs in North Africa and the NRENs in Eastern and Southern, and Western Africa.

ASREN was established in 2011 as a non-profit organization that links the national scientific research networks in the Arab states to each other and with the international research and education networks. It runs, operates and represents the network in the similar global communities and institutions. This aims to facilitate the connection and interaction between the educational institutions, universities and the sci