Sunday, September 26, 2010

U of Alberta President on U of Alexandria ranking

Shrink noted in an email to me this tweet from GlobalHigherEd


linking to El Naschie Watch, followed five minutes later by this tweet


denying endorsement of El Naschie Watch. Clearly some follower of GlobalHigherEd needs to submit a butthurt report. Click for bigger.


The second tweet asks the question why El Naschie Watch is active in commenting on University Ranking Watch. That should be obvious after all these recent posts,



shouldn't it? If you still wonder why, check out Richard Holmes's latest post, where he quotes a statement from the Office of the President of the University of Alberta: Ranking the Rankers. I have bolded two phrases in the relevant part:

Alexandria University in Egypt received one of the highest scores for citations while also receiving the lowest score for research reputation. By comparison #1 Harvard received near perfect scores on both measures. Logic would suggest that the aggregate score for research reputation should correlate with the score for citations, which measure research influence. However, in spite of the vast discrepancy between its scores, Alexandria, which has never been on any other international ranking, came in ahead of many top universities.


Of course, if a university's citation statistics are dominated by a single crackpot who publishes huge volumes of pseudo-scientific numerology in his own vanity journal, and cites himself so often that it becomes an international academic publishing scandal, that vast discrepancy is exactly what you'd expect.


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  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Monday, September 27. China. Original Arabic or Google's English translation.

    El Naschie remembers that in the 1950s Japanese goods were considered cheap and shoddy, whereas now Japan is synonymous with quality and industrial excellence. He says China was once seen, because of the CIA, as a yellow peril to the whole world, but now China is America's most important trade partner. And it's an example not only to the developing countries but also to European countries. He says Egyptian-Chinese friendship has a great history, and that Egypt was the first country to recognize the People's Republic as the sole representative of the Chinese people (i.e., excluding Taiwan) despite US threats.

    Tomorrow he continues, and it could be good. I bet he talks about Ji-Huan He.

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