Video: Enhancing reading culture and research output in Tanzania

Published: Tuesday 8th September 2015

video enhancing reading culture and research output in Tanzania

Walter Bgoya on Tanzania’s reading culture and a new consortium of academic publishers

“There are now 20 universities in Tanzania and many more are coming. Every university wants to do two, three journals. The resources don’t really permit. I think it would be much better if several universities came together and produced one journal at a time together.” says Walter Bgoya, managing director of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, an independent publishing company in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Walter Bgoya describes the difficulties he is facing with Tanzania’s scholarly culture and highlights that in order to produce high quality journals universities should collaborate more. These are also some of the issues that Elsevier Foundation’s Publishers without Borders volunteers have focused on during their month long training contributions in Tanzania over the past two years. One of the volunteers, who shared her experience in Elsevier Connect in July, Charon Duermeijer, Elsevier Publishing Director noted, “I am convinced that embedding a reading culture in Tanzania will really help advance the nation as a whole.” ()

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