Knowledge E | 22nd–23rd May 2016: KnE University Rankings Course, (Egyptian Knowledge Bank) Cairo, Egypt

22nd–23rd May 2016: KnE University Rankings Course, (Egyptian Knowledge Bank) Cairo, Egypt

Start Date: May 22, 2016

End Date: May 23, 2016

Venue: Cairo, Egypt

Speaker: Philip Purnell


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
  • Government bodies tracking their country’s performance compared with international peer countries
  • Library and information professionals who need a deeper understanding of the indicators used by the various rankings publishers and to what extent they can influence their faculty’s performance through proactive publication strategy
  • 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

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 performance improvement – interactive
  • Subject‐specific rankings
  • Region-specific rankings
  • Other university rankings publishers

What started as a light‐hearted end of year gimmick has turned into a global industry – international university rankings. Initially slow to catch public opinion, the rankings are now quoted in every country and scrutinized by university heads all over the world, not to mention by researchers, students, and parents of prospective students. University rankings performance has even formed part of government policy in at least 3 countries and a pharmaceutical company boss recently lamented recruitment difficulty citing the lack of a top‐25 university in their country. There is therefore mounting pressure on university leaders to pay close attention to their performance and whilst not allowing rankings to dictate policy, paying careful attention to actions that might have appositive impact on their outcome.

Speaker Biography:
Philip Purnell, Master of Science (M.Sc.) Neuroscience
Director – Research 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 specializing 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:
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Dates: 22nd – 23rd May 2016

Day 1: 22nd May 2016
09.00 – 09.30: Welcome and introduction to course and participants
09.30 – 10.30: Introduction to the major university rankings publishers
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45: Controversy and the limitations of rankings
11.45 – 12.30: Deconstruction of the various methodologies Part I
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch, Rest & Prayers
13.30 – 14.30: Deconstruction of the various methodologies Part II
14.30 – 15.30: Strategies for performance improvement – interactive session
15.30 – 16.00: Discussion and assignments

Day 2: 23rd May 2016
09.00 – 09.30: Comparison of major university rankings publishers
09.30 – 10.30: Other university rankings publishers
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30: Subject-specific rankings and region-specific rankings
12.30- 13.30: Lunch, Rest & Prayers
13.30 – 14.30: Analysis of the data sources – pros and cons
14.30 – 15.30: Review of strategies for performance improvement
15.30 – 16.00: Review, discussion and close

Registration is “by invitation only”.

Workshop Stats:
• 100% confirmed their expectations were met
• 100% would recommend to others
• 82% resulted to improvement of their work professionally
• 91% rated the Presenter as good and excellent
• 100% rated the room/venue facilities

• “I think it is very useful if add a case study.”
• “Practical experiment with real data online (applying on one of the databases online).”
• “Practice application online”
• “Methodology for collection of data. Methodology for classification of data collected by universities.”
• “Upon the realistic situtaion of Egyptian University, the course should contain some materials to help how to improve ranking. Consideration of Arabian Researchers at the faculties of educations and arts (for example).”
• “This course added good information to me. Adding “Case Studies” will help audience to apply best practices to their own universities.”