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Advocacy and Capacity Building in Open Access & Open Science to top management staff in African Higher Education Institutions

TCC Africa (Training Centre in Communication), PLOS (Public Library of Science), and AAU (Association of African Universities) collaborated with the intent to increase awareness and education of Open Science and Open Access in Africa.

Published onMay 09, 2022
Advocacy and Capacity Building in Open Access & Open Science to top management staff in African Higher Education Institutions

The three organizations converged on the 26th of April 2022 for the first of a four-part regional blended workshop addressing the pushback and advocating for the Adoption and Implementation of Open Science and Open Access practices in member institutions of the AAU. It features various higher education stakeholders including Presidents, Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Research, and Libraries of African Universities.

Recording of the session

TCC Africa, PLOS, and AAU are all heavily invested in an Open future and want to work with stakeholders across the scholarly communication ecosystem of Africa to promote and increase uptake of Open Access and Open Science more broadly.

To see the press release for this initiative see here

About the Association for African Universities

Founded in Rabat, Morocco on November 12, 1967, The Association of African Universities (AAU) is an NGO based in Accra, Ghana. The mission is “to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development”. While serving as the “voice of higher education” on the continent. With over 400 member institutions across Africa, AAU provides a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research policies, creating spaces for research, reflection, consultation, debates, co-operation, and collaboration on issues pertaining to higher education.

Read more about AAU here

About the Public Library of Science

PLOS is a nonprofit, open-access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Since our founding in 2001, PLOS journals have helped break boundaries in research communication to provide more opportunities, choices, and context for researchers and readers.

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About the Training Centre in Communication Africa

The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) is the first African-based training center to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award-winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and registered in Kenya.  TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers’ output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication

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