COVID19 in focus

  Find out what GÉANT and the African National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are doing to support research and education during the COVID-19 pandemic, confirming their place at the heart of R&E networking.

The African RRENs’ response to COVID19 in a nutshell:


North Africa
  • The Ministry of Education in Morocco launched an e-learning portal, Morocco eLPortal, hosted by the MARWAN network
  • ARN is interested in deploying locally a branch of openUp2U in Algeria
  • EUN has coordinated with IT vendors to support university services in Egypt
  • CCK has set up a Jitsi-based videoconferencing tool for online classes in Tunisian universities as well as a VPN-SSL service for easy access to scientific resources for the academic community
East and Southern Africa
  • Ongoing discussions with telecoms operators about zero ratings for educational websites
  • Ongoing discussions and technical tests for UA to host BigBlueButton to support NRENs and universities interested in online teaching and e-learning
  • UA jointly hosted a VC meeting with the World Bank, “NRENs as Life-Savers for University during COVID-19”, on best responses, challenges and opportunities during the pandemic
  • In Kenya, KENET is offering a discounted data bundle to university students
  • In Mozambique, MoRENet has requested a capacity upgrade to access UbuntuNet network
  • The Uganda Christian University and the Catholic University of Malawi have successfully migrated to e-learning, online exams and communications with students
  • RENU has expressed interest in deploying locally an openUp2U branch in Uganda
West and Central Africa
  • In Ghana, GARNET is conducting tests to support e-learning via a pilot eduID Ghana federation now involving providers from 12 institutions
  • WACREN is organising online training activities, such as online capacity building workshops in substitution to the cancelled WACREN 2020 conference and the LIBSENSE online workshop on open scholarly communication infrastructure
  • WACREN has been supporting the COVID-19 Smart Development Hack by gathering implementation proposals on an Open Science platform in response to the pandemic
Read the articles in this section for more detailed information on the African response to the COVID-19.

These articles were produced with the financial support of the European Union. Their contents do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union