According to open access research expert Professor Cameron Neylon from Curtin University (Australia) in the article published on the University World News website, African institutions are already leading on aspects of open access to research and the University of Venda (UNIVEN) is among the top 100 universities in the world. Prof Nylon said key questions remain about how this leadership could be harnessed to support a central future for African researchers.
This article further indicates that, when Prof Neylon was speaking to the theme ‘Open Access to Scholarly Literature: Progress and evidence of African leadership’, he said several African institutions, including Kenyatta University in Kenya and the University of Venda in South Africa, were among the top 100 universities in the world using open access research.
“African countries are consistently showing very high levels of open access, and again, showing it right from 2010, from early in this process [of developing open access] through to the current play on sound leadership that has existed, over a very long time,” said Prof Neylon, citing Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa as examples of countries with success in advancing open source scholarship.
UNIVEN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Bernard Nthambeleni was happy to hear this good news. He said, indeed UNIVEN is striving to create future leaders. “We have realised that, for the University to achieve its targeted goals, there was a need to improve our open access to research, making important information available for researchers worldwide. We are happy now that the University has started to reap the rewards and we can only improve from here knowing that our University is heading towards the right direction.”
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Date: 26 October 2020