Knowledge E | 13th December 2016: University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

13th December 2016: University Rankings (Egyptian Knowledge Bank), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Start Date: December 13, 2016

End Date: December 13, 2016

Venue: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Presenter: Philip J. Purnell, Director – Research & Publishing Services, Knowledge E

Intended Audience
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

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

Delivery Style
The course will be instructive but also include an interactive strategic planning component where the rankings methodologies will be systematically de-constructed and various strategies for university improvement discussed. There is 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. There will be a series of short lectures with breaks for questions, comments and input from participants and some practical sessions. In order to make the most of the course, people are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role.

Course Outline
• 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
• The launch of subject-specific rankings
• The launch of region-specific rankings
• Other university rankings – reputation, age, etc.

Speaker Biography
Philip 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.

Course schedule
9.00 – 9.30: Welcome and introduction to course and participants
9.30 – 10.30: Introduction to the major university rankings publishers, their controversies and limitations
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
11:00 – 11:45: Different rankings including subject, region and age specific rankings
11.45 – 12.30: Deconstruction of the various methodologies and data sources
12.30 – 1.15: Coffee/prayer break
1.30 – 3.30: Strategies for performance improvement – interactive session
3.30 – 4.00: Discussion and assignments