Knowledge E | 5th July 2017: Bibliometrics for University Rankings & Institutional Performance (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

5th July 2017: Bibliometrics for University Rankings & Institutional Performance (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

Start Date: July 5, 2017

End Date: July 5, 2017

Venue: Ministry of Higher Education, Cairo, Egypt


There will be a series of short lectures. The world of bibliometrics is a relatively new field, has survived (or been enhanced by) the digital shift as citation networks are far more easily navigated with tools like the Internet than their paper-based predecessors. It is also a fast changing field as society in general has become more results driven and decisions more subject to open questioning requiring people at all levels to seek justification for their actions based on empirical objective data.


This course is ideal for:

  • Government bodies tracking their country’s performance compared with international peer countries
  • Senior university and research institute managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, public reporting, funding allocation or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings


Philip J. Purnell
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Neuroscience
Director – Research & Publishing Services, Knowledge E

Philip Purnell graduated from the Institute of Psychiatry, London and then went on to hold a research post at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany specialising in autoimmune diseases followed by several years in the pharmaceutical industry.

He subsequently held various roles in the scientific, technical and medical publishing sector in Europe and the Middle East. Philip has advised universities, research institutes, governments and funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on strategies to improve their research output, performance and ranking. He has also studied the underlying publication and citation data used in bibliometric studies and university rankings that he has communicated through workshops, lectures and publications in more than 20 countries.

Philip has recently founded the Research Division of Knowledge E, a Middle East based information provider and knowledge strategy consultancy that offers a series of master classes for the research community covering writing, researching, speaking and publishing skills.