​​The eduGAIN service interconnects identity federations around the world, simplifying access to content, services and resources for the global research and education community. eduGAIN enables the trustworthy exchange of information related to identity, authentication and authorisation (AAI).​ ​


  • Helps students, researchers and educators access online services while minimising the number of accounts users and service providers have to manage - reducing costs, complexity and security risks;

  • gives service providers access to a larger pool of users internationally, and allows users to access resources of peer institutions or commercial or cloud services using their one trusted identity.

With eduGAIN participants from more than 1,500 identity providers accessing services from 1,000 service providers, eduGAIN has fast become the primary mechanism to interfederate for research and education collaboration around the world.

eduGAIN worldwide

eduGAIN support, development and promotion in Europe is provided through the GÉANT (GN4​) Project. The MAGIC and TANDEM projects are helping to promote eduGAIN uptake in other world regions.  

The future development of the eduGAIN service and acceptance of members is driven by the eduGAIN Steering Group, which comprises representatives from each of its member federations around the world. This group is provided with secretariat support by the GÉANT staff. 

​eduGAIN European ​Membership Status​​

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​eduGAIN Updates
eduGAIN welcomes its 40th member

​Four new members of eduGAIN with AFIRE from Armenia, FEBAS from Belarus, GIF from Georgia and LEAF from Moldova.

Happy Birthday SAML 2.0!

Mid March 2005 the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) protocol was officially announced as an OASIS Standard. In these 10 years SAML has become the defacto standard protocol for academic identity federations and eduGAIN. Being a very flexible but also complex XML-based protocol SAML is also used in the commercial world. While new standards like OpenID Connect are frequently seen as alternatives or even successors, SAML most likely will continue to be the predominant protocol for federated identity management in higher education in the next few years.​​​​​

At a glance​​


Service Providers and Identity Providers can use eduGAIN to provide their users with access to a wider range of resources.


Key ​Facts

Over 40 federations worldwide support more than 1,500 Identity Providers and 1,000 Service Providers.​ 

​eduGAIN can reduce the costs of providing access to services and reduce the maintenance overhead of managing user accounts.​

G​ÉANT News​​