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The First Regional Open Science Forum in the Arab Region

The First Regional Open Science Forum in the Arab Region

09:50 PM

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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The activities of the first regional forum for open science in the Arab region, organized by the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with El-Galalah University and the UNESCO Regional Office in Cairo, will continue over two days (21-22) September 2021 at the headquarters of El-Galala University in Ain Sukhna, under the auspices of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Education Higher Education and Scientific Research Chairman of the Egyptian National Committee for UNESCO.

The first session of the forum was launched under the title “Analysis of the Current Situation of Open Science”, where the session was moderated by Dr. Ghada Abdel Bary, Secretary-General of the Egyptian National Committee for UNESCO, with the participation of Dr. Essam Khamis, Advisor to the President of Alexandria University for International Classification and Scientific Research and a member of the UNESCO Open Science Advisory Committee, in addition to the participation of Dr. Ghaith Fariz, Senior Adviser to the Science Sector at UNESCO in Paris (virtual), and Eng. Mahmoud Saeed, UNESCO advisor for the project to establish the Arab Open Science Platform (virtual), and Dr. Rasha Kamal, Head of the Central Administration for International Students at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

For her part, Dr. Ghada Abdel Bari reviewed the current situation of open science in the Arab region and analyzed the results of the questionnaire, which was launched electronically by the Egyptian National Committee from May 2 to mid-June 2021, stressing the importance of building on the results of the questionnaire, as its results included responses from All Arab countries represent all relevant categories.

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She pointed to the most important results of the questionnaire, including: the need to work on launching the open science initiative for research, innovation and sustainability, as well as contributing to supporting and promoting open science, increasing joint scientific cooperation and sharing information in order to spread benefit to society, as well as overcoming the obstacles that prevent the dissemination of open science. , which include incentives for open science, as well as enhancing international cooperation with multiple stakeholders with the aim of reducing digital and knowledge gaps, and adopting policies and strategies to support open science in light of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation.

Dr. Issam Khamis also reviewed open science and its main pillars and the mechanism for its activation in the Arab region, noting that within the framework of developing the open science recommendation, during January 2020 so far, UNESCO has collected input from representatives of Member States and all stakeholders interested in open science, pointing out that many Regional consultative and specialized meetings, holding numerous discussions on the implications, benefits, and challenges of open science around the world, confirming the holding of many international, regional and local meetings to develop and discuss the open science report, adding that open science facilitates scientific cooperation and information sharing between academics and the community, This contributes to the increase, development and dissemination of scientific knowledge on a larger scale, enabling the largest number of people to benefit from scientific and technological innovation.

For her part, Dr. Rasha Kamal referred to the (Study in Egypt) initiative, which was launched to emphasize the need for a strong presence in the higher education arena in different countries, as well as holding forums that include the largest possible number of Egyptian universities; To present an honorable image that befits the reputation of the Arab Republic of Egypt, explaining that the aim of the initiative is to develop awareness of the “Study in Egypt” brand as a university education center in the Middle East, in addition to attracting students from Alexandria, East Africa, and East Jerusalem. The national economy, as well as building a wide network of relationships that include friends, relatives and family, as well as placing Egypt on the map of educational tourism.

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It is worth noting that the National Committee organized the preparatory meeting for the first phase of the regional project “Supporting the consultation process in the field of open science in the Arab countries” on April 26, 2021, hypothetically, with the participation of (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Mali, Palestine Bahrain, Sudan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Qatar).

It is noteworthy that the General Conference of UNESCO at its 40th session decided to formulate a draft open science recommendation in accordance with the Constitution of UNESCO and the procedural rules related to recommendations submitted to Member States and international conventions, and an Egyptian team participated in developing some comments on this recommendation. The Advisory Committee on Open Science and the UNESCO Secretariat took these comments in Consideration in the draft text of the recommendation and the final report sent to UNESCO Member States in March 2021.