New Zealand's Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Netherland's SURF Foundation have been formally welcomed as Partners in the e-Framework Initiative, now undertaken by the JISC and Australia's Department for Education, Science and Training (DEST).< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The e-Framework is an ambitious and far-reaching programme, exploring more flexible approaches to the technical infrastructures for e-Learning, e-Research and e-Administration. The initiative is now attracting growing international support, from national education and research bodies as well as commercial IT suppliers worldwide. Murray Leach, representing the MoE, commented that joining of New Zealand and Nether Land in the initiative signals a timely and strategic investment for the country. Speaking on behalf of the JISC-DEST Cooperation Partnership Board, Sarah Porter said that they were particularly pleased to welcome colleagues from SURF and the New Zealand Ministry of Education to assist them. Both SURF and the MoE have impressive records in developing IT solutions for education and information environments. Their experience will provide valuable perspectives in developing the e-Framework.