MAREN, the Malawi NREN, is one of the founding members of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking. MAREN is recognised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the Malawian NREN MAREN has three founder members: the University of Malawi, Mzuzu University and the Department of Agricultural Research Services. Another tertiary institution, the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology (LUSTECH), joined in 2009. These institutions are on 9 locations from north to south of Malawi. Two new universities are likely to join within the year. MAREN works closely with MALICO, the Malawi Library and Information Consortium.
MAREN is grateful to FRENIA (Fostering Research and Education Networking In Africa) for startup funding.
What is an NREN?
Regional Communication Infrastructure Program, MAREN and Ubuntunet Alliance members meeting the Privatisation Committee members in impementing the RCIP-Project
NRENs: National Research and Education Networks are national organizations in Africa and elsewhere representing groups of tertiary education institutions. Their mandate includes improving Internet connectivity for members. In several cases, these organizations are also involved in other activities, but all of them are actively involved with Internet Connectivity. Steiner, R et al (2005) Paren: Promoting African Research and Education Networking: a study sponsored by IDRC, Jan 2005.
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