The Association for African Universities (AAU), the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) are pleased to share the results of the first two of four regional policy workshops that we are hosting with Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Directors of Research and Libraries in African Higher Education Institutions.
The workshops aimed to increase education and awareness on the benefits of Open Science, to support development and implementation of Open Science policies, and adoption of Open Science and Open Access practices and publishing in African Higher Education Institutions
Workshop programmes included both global and local perspectives on Open Science and its adoption and implementation in institutions, including support and speakers from UNESCO, DORA, University of Leiden, NRF and the African Open Science Platform.
After the workshops, we conducted surveys with attendees to understand progress towards workshop outcomes and potential next steps in the implementation of Open Science policies in universities.
The University of Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania hosted the East African regional workshop, and we had over 150 participants in person and online. After the workshop 97.53% of the workshop respondents had a good understanding of Open Science, and 2.47% had a moderate understanding.
When asked about their plans to support Open Science mandates within their institutes, respondents highlighted they would work with/across institutional leadership in the following ways (percentages area approximate):
The British University in Egypt hosted the North African regional workshop, attracting over 400 participants in person and online. Over 200 took part in the survey and, after the workshop, 85.98% of participants had a better understanding of Open Science and 12.33% had a moderate comprehension.
When asked about their plans to support Open Science mandates within their institutes, respondents highlighted they would work with/across institutional leadership in the following ways (percentages are approximate:
The workshops were successful in gathering the range of stakeholders necessary to implement change at an institutional level. They show that there is a growing understanding of Open Science among university leaders, with many keen to take proactive steps to support its adoption within their institutes. There is always more to do, and the results highlight the need for continued efforts to build capacity in this area. With more workshops planned across the continent this year, and further activities in development, we are excited to continue our progress towards Open Science adoption in African HE institutions.
To view the interactive cumulative results, please use the link here
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