This section introduces National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and provides guidelines for their development in the Caribbean.
In practice, research and education networks interconnect a country’s higher education institutions, plus government, research institutions, primary and secondary schools, libraries, hospitals, museums and other public institutions.
The support needs of these restricted user groups are typically delivered on a physical network (such as C@ribNET, RedCLARA etc.) by a set of applications, tools and value-add services, either provided in open access mode by the collaborating members of the network or contracted from external providers.
No one country in the region can afford to provide the type, diversity, scale and scope of education that is necessary to fuel their economic growth and become globally competitive.
The current modality of education development and delivery in the Caribbean is not globally conformant, not affordable and not sustainable. For the Caribbean’s small island and mainland states, these constraints include:
- - Education
- - Security
- - Disaster management
- - Innovation
- - Health
What are Research & Education Networks and why are they so important?