and Education Network
MAREN, the Malawi NREN, is one of the founding members of the
UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and
Education Networking. MAREN is recognised
MAREN Chairperson, Prof
by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as the Malawian
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?
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)
African Research and Education Networking: a study sponsored by IDRC,