Knowledge E | 12th April 2017: The Value of International University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

12th April 2017: The Value of International University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Cairo, Egypt

Start Date: April 12, 2017

End Date: April 12, 2017

Venue: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt


This 2-hour course will be instructive and interactive as the international rankings methodologies will be systematically de-constructed. The session will discuss various strategies for university improvement. There will be a strong emphasis on openness and interaction so participants will have the opportunity to put their own points of view or to address specific questions concerning them either with the group or privately. To make the most of the course, participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role.

This course will aim to provide participants with a greater understating of:

  • Major international university rankings publishers
  • Controversy and the limitations of rankings
  • De-construction of the various methodologies
  • Analysis of the data sources – pros and cons
  • Strategies for improving university performance

Pre-Requisites for Registration

Prior to attending this course, participants should fit one of the following criteria:

  • Senior university management should have responsibility for faculty staff, budget allocation or policy decisions
  • Research staff should already hold a PhD and be actively involved in conducting and publishing research
  • Participants from the IT, HR or finance departments should be actively involved in research data collection, analysis or submission to rankings organisations
  • Library staff should be actively or preparing to provide ongoing training and advice on publication strategy to the researchers


This course is ideal for:

  • Senior university managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, public reporting, funding allocation or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings
  • Senior administrators, finance, HR and library personnel who represent the university externally
  • Senior researchers leading large research teams publishing a significant proportion of the university’s output and responsible for setting up collaborations with universities both nationally and internationally


Philip J. Purnell
(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 is the founder and director of 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.