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ITU-QRR 2016

The 2016 version of ITU Quality Research Ranking (ITU-QRR) provides the key quality dimension of research performance by more than 200 Pakistani universities and institutes, using Scopus database. The results provide useful information to the scientific community, as well as to the higher education policy makers.

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Independent intellectual creative capacity developed through research is essential in enabling countries to take control of exploring, planning, and implementing their own most appropriate sustainable development paths. Given the scarce financial resources in many countries, areas of research focus must be carefully chosen so as to achieve maximum value from investment at a level that will have noticeable positive impact upon society. In pursuit of its core objectives to study the scientific and academic research from a scientific point of view - the dynamics of scientific research and its connections to technology, innovation and society through the use of bibliometric indices and other innovation strategies, ITU's Scientometrics Lab has been working on several research projects.

Among these programs, a key project is the ITU Quality Research Rankings, which is intended to provide objective data and analyses to benchmark research performance in traditional disciplinary subject areas and in interdisciplinary areas for the purpose of strengthening the quality and impact of research. The ITU Research Rankings supports universities to determine their own research profile and identify niche areas in which they can excel; to make more rational strategic and resource allocation decisions; and to publicize program strengths.

A central tenet driving the ITU Research Rankings is to provide insight to support the diversity of university research. To do so, university research performance is analyzed at a finer level of detail than has previously been done by any national or international ranking or evaluation system. In addition to broad subject categories like Engineering and Medicine, the ITU Research Rankings provides detailed subject categories like Aerospace Engineering and Cardiology. The result is a system that is able to highlight the performance of universities with particular niche strengths and not only the largest and most comprehensive institutions.

The analytical tools are flexible so as to permit each user to focus on aspects of university research performance most relevant to his/her needs. The ITU Research Rankings provide two functionalities: rating and benchmarking (in progress). The rating function permits users to rate universities either overall, in any of the 27 broad subject areas, or in any of 250 niche subject areas by selecting subject areas according to their needs. The benchmarking function permits universities covered by the system to compare their research performance with the performance of a benchmarking group universities of their choosing, again either overall or in any of the subject areas.

Scope

  • Institute Coverage: The 2016 release covers all universities and institutes of Pakistan.
  • Subject Areas: The 2016 release covers established disciplines in Science & Technology, organized into a hierarchy of 24 top-level disciplinary categories and 251 second level categories. Click here.
  • Years: The 2016 release uses Scopus publication and citation data in the time window 2009 - 2014 and presents a snapshot of university performance within that window. For subsequent releases the window will slide forward and provide additional data points so that users will be able to track changes in research performance over time.
  • Data: Bibliometric data is taken from Elsevier's Scopus database, URL: Scopus

Indicators

  • The 2016 version uses the following indicators for university rating..
    • Total Publications: Total number of publications during a 6-year time window.
    • Quality Publications: The publications in Top 5 percentile of Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) of journals and conferences in each disciplinary category are taken as High Quality Publications. In addition, the ranked outlets A* and A from ERA CORE 2014 is also used to assess publication quality, URL: CORE Rankings
      NOTE: SNIP is journal impact factor like indicator but it normalizes citation potential across the fields {Moed (2010); Waltman et al. (2013)}

International Universities to benchmark research performance

  • The 2016 version uses the following international universities to benchmark research performance
        1:University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
        2:Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
        3:Tsinghua University, China
        4:University of Tokyo, Japan
        5:National University of Singapore, Singapore
        6:Peking University, China
        7:National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
        8:KAIST- Korean Advance Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
        9:The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
        10:Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India
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University Rating

Independent intellectual creative capacity developed through research is essential in enabling countries to take control of exploring, planning, and implementing their own most appropriate sustainable development paths. Given the scarce financial resources in many countries, areas of research focus must be carefully chosen so as to achieve maximum value from investment at a level that will have noticeable positive impact upon society. In pursuit of its core objectives to study the scientific and academic research from a scientific point of view - the dynamics of scientific research and its connections to technology, innovation and society through the use of bibliometric indices and other innovation strategies, ITU's Scientometrics Lab has been working on several research projects.

Among these programs, a key project is the ITU Research Rankings, which is intended to provide objective data and analyses to benchmark research performance in traditional disciplinary subject areas and in interdisciplinary areas for the purpose of strengthening the quality and impact of research. The ITU Research Rankings supports universities to determine their own research profile and identify niche areas in which they can excel; to make more rational strategic and resource allocation decisions; and to publicize program strengths.