SURFnet ensures that researchers, instructors, and students can work together simply and effectively with the aid of ICT. It therefore promotes, develops, and operates a trusted, connecting ICT infrastructure that facilitates optimum use of the possibilities offered by ICT. SURFnet is thus the driving force behind ICT-based innovation in higher education and research in the Netherlands.
We are a non-profit 'task organisation' forming part of SURF, the Dutch higher education and research partnership for ICT-driven innovation.
Our mission is:
To improve higher education and research by promoting, developing, and operating a trusted, connecting ICT infrastructure that facilitates optimum use of the possibilities offered by ICT.
Collaboration, researching and learning together, and sharing knowledge, data and tools all help determine the quality of higher education and research in the Netherlands. ICT makes a major contribution to all this.
We therefore focus on two areas:
- a network infrastructure: a hybrid fixed-wireless network as the basis for all collaboration, providing efficient, unlimited data transport;
- a collaboration infrastructure: a pioneering collaboration environment that seamlessly connects systems, services, tools, and people.
Our core values
Our core values are derived from our vision and method. We are a results-driven innovator, a reliable partner, and socially committed.
SURFnet is a subsidiary of the SURF organisation, in which Dutch universities, universities for applied sciences and research centres collaborate nationally and internationally on innovative ICT facilities.
SURF consists of four organisations that each have their own field of activity: SURFnet , SURFmarket, SURFsara, and SURFshare.