The 4 Egyptian research centers in the Middle East and North Africa are in the top ten in the 2022 Simago Classification.
Today, Tuesday, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. K.S. Khalid Abdel Kafar collaborated with them. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt and El Xavier have published a list of research centers at the National Research Center, followed by the Qatar Foundation, followed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The Egyptian research centers are also in the top ten in the Middle East and North Africa in three more categories, namely: the Agricultural Research Center, which ranks fourth, the Atomic Energy Commission, which ranks fifth, and the Petroleum Research Institute, which ranks seventh.
It was chaired by El Young Xavier’s Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Youngchuk ‘YS’ C, founder of SCIMaco. Felix de Moya-Anacone and Dr. Dr. Mubarak Majsoob, Senior Scientific Adviser to the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils (FASRC), Simago Classification Isidro F. Aguillo and Dr. Yasser Refat, Deputy Minister for Scientific Research and Dr. Walid Al-Jawawi, Secretary of the Council for Research Centers, Institutions and Bodies and Media Adviser and official spokesman for the Ministry, Dr. Adel Abdel Kafar, via video conference technology.
At the beginning of his speech, the Minister congratulated the research centers in the Middle East and North Africa region for being included in this international classification for the first time and pointed out that this classification is a collaboration between the Ministry’s Simago Index of Academic. Ranking and Elsevier International Foundation. Emphasizes the importance of this classification as a new tool in implementing greater collaboration between Egyptian research centers and their peers in the Middle East and North Africa, with the aim of creating a competitive environment for improving research results published by research centers; Thus contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals.
The doctor pointed out. Abdel Kaffer pointed out that the Middle East, North Africa and Egypt have seen a number of positive developments in support of research excellence, and that Egypt has taken a number of steps over the years to develop scientific research policies, the most important of which are: law enforcement and research supporting laws, science, technology and innovation and research. Creating an environment for capacity building, these measures have yielded positive results in the community, including: Increasing the number of Egyptian research publications The International Database (SCOPUS) ranged from 9,600 to more than 38,800 international research in the period 2010 to 2021, as well as the research rating in 2010 at 0.81 according to the quoting impact factor Increased to 1.47 in 2021.
The Minister explained that with regard to international cooperation in international research, the percentage of research published with international participation has increased from 37.3% in 2010 to 56.6% in 2021, which is a reflection of the Ministry’s efforts to support international cooperation initiatives. Egypt’s participation in the most effective roles with scientific organizations such as globalism.
Dr. Abdul Kafar stressed the need for documented information on the performance of research institutes in line with international standards. Therefore, the importance of the proposed initiative comes down to improving research excellence and inspiring innovation, appreciating the role of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) in providing the necessary scientific resources to Egyptian scientists and decision makers; To promote scientific research in Egypt and to turn research institutes into references to scientific research internationally.
For his part, Felix de Moya, founder of SCImago, praised the cooperation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Elsevier Foundation in this valuable project, noting that SCImago is ready to support research centers in the Middle East and North Africa. The classification, which contributes to representing all research centers in the region for the first time, explains the mechanisms and mechanisms for creating a new classification based on the classification of 391 research centers representing 22 countries in the region according to three main dimensions. 16 sub-indicators including: research, innovation and social impact.
The founder of Simago added that this classification highlights the role that research centers can play in promoting scientific research to serve their communities and to achieve their strategic and national goals, particularly research activities related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For his part, the doctor insisted. Yongsuk Chee, Chairman of El Xavier’s Board of Directors, stressed the important role of research centers in improving the scientific research system in their countries, and commended their many years of cooperation and partnership with Simago in tackling social challenges and solving the problems facing their countries. The purpose of this classification is to provide an environment conducive to the effective and creative work that contributed to the provision of this innovative classification to research centers in the Middle East and North Africa to achieve better research results for the benefit of communities in the region. And abroad.
As the doctor pointed out. Mubarak Majsoob, general secretary of the Union of Arab Scientific Research Councils, said the union aims to strengthen cooperation and coordination among Arab research centers, exchange experiences between Arab scientific research organizations and centers, provide opportunities for conducting scientific meetings, and facilitate exchanges. Reviewing research results and scientific information, as well as creating a conducive environment for scientists and researchers in Arab countries, and working to benefit from expatriate Arab scientific expertise, arranging for Arab scientific research councils and research centers in Arab countries.
For his part, Isitro F., a senior scientific adviser to the Simago classification, said: Aguilo announced the best research centers in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to the new SCimago classification for 2022, i.e. the National Research Center in Egypt. King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia’s city of science and technology took third place, second place at the Qatar Foundation Center.
The doctor pointed out. Yasser Refat pointed out that the Scimago classification is interested in ranking universities and government agencies involved in scientific research according to a joint index that combines three different indicators in terms of research efficiency (50%), innovation results (30%) and social impact. (20%) Each key indicator includes several sub-indicators that the company publishes at least 100 searches in the SCOPUS database during the evaluation year. As for the new classification for non-academic research centers and institutions, it pays. Greater focus on innovation releases by increasing the relative weight of its indicators; To achieve 40% instead of 30% in the general category, based on the role entrusted to research centers in providing innovative technological solutions to problems facing the community, through the publications of researchers who dedicate 100% of their time to scientific research.
The doctor said. Adel Abdel Kafar, Media Adviser and Ministry Spokesman for the Ministry, said that the significant progress made by Egyptian universities and research centers in international science publishing was due to a number of initiatives taken in the past, most notably technical support provided by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to Egyptian universities and research centers, as well as international publishing training. .What universities and research centers are doing to encourage all graduate researchers to publish in prestigious international journals. And the prestigious ratings of internationally published scientific research in the work of scientific promotion groups and the provision of information resources to researchers via the Internet and in collaboration with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank.
An official spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research further confirmed: In light of the Ministry’s plan to support researchers in this field, the international publication of scientific research in Egypt by universities and research centers will increase significantly in the future. Through the role of the Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation, the Ministry will support and encourage researchers in the future to support international publication.
The Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Yemen and Mauritania participated in the introduction of the new Simago classification, with the participation of 238 researchers from various research centers in the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia). Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Tunisia, Sudan, France, USA, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Iraq, Kuwait, India, Nigeria, Libya, Morocco, Spain) and many more.
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