The OpenMed project, supported by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme, has been working during the period 2015-2018 to raise awareness and facilitate the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the Arab Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on higher education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine.

The project involved an international consortium coordinated by UNIMED (Italy) with Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (Spain), University of Seville (Spain), Coventry University (UK), Cairo University (Egypt), Alexandria University (Egypt), Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco), Université Ibn Zohr (Morocco), Birzeit University (Palestine), An-Najah National University (Palestine), AArU – Association of Arab Universities (Jordan), German Jordanian University (Jordan), Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Jordan).

The rationale for initiating OpenMed is that in the South-Mediterranean countries the demand of Higher Education often exceeds capacity in the existing HE system, and therefore the use and integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) are possible ways to facilitate learners’ access to the university, thus promoting equity, inclusion and democratisation of higher education. Widening participation to Higher Education by means of OER adoption is indeed a strategic priority for the higher education sector in general and for the OER movement.

Project Highlights and Achievements

Over the last 3 years, OpenMed has contributed greatly to having open education placed on the educational agenda in the region, by working with partner institutions and the open education movement worldwide.

OpenMed has been working at three different but connected levels:

  • the policy level, addressing policy development through national dialogues with a range of stakeholders, and through setting multi-country strategic actions on the basis of such dialogues, aimed at maximising the benefits of Open Education to increase the access, the quality and the equity of higher education in the region;
  • the institutional level, creating innovation Centers for Open Education at the premises of partner universities, and facilitating the development of institutional roadmaps and action plans for the implementation of open education at local and institutional levels;
  • the educators level, building and strengthen educators’ capacity to incorporate OER and open practices into their daily teaching in order to bring learning processes and their outcomes closer to learners’ needs.

Main highlights and achievements over the 3 year period include:

Dissemination & Communication:

QA reports

(2017, May 25). OpenMed Mid-Term Evaluation Report

(2018, June 6). OpenMed Pilot Course External Evaluation Report