Professor Miguel Baptista Nunes, Dean of School of Information Management at Sun Yat-sen University, Visited the School

On June 3, 2019, Prof. Miguel Baptista Nunes, Dean of School of Information Management at Sun Yat-Sen University, Chairman of iSchool Asia Pacific, and former tenured University of Sheffield University, visited our school and initially reached a cooperation willingness on the matter of joining the global iSchool alliance.


iSchool is an interdisciplinary organization established in 2003 by the Information college/Information school. Currently, 100 global information colleges, business schools, and computer colleges join the organization. There are six Chinese universities with successful application, which are Wuhan University, Peking University, Nanjing University, Renmin University of China, Sun Yat-sen University and Huazhong Normal University.


In June 3, from 9:00 to 10:30 am, Professor Miguel gave a wonderful lecture to the teachers and students of our school with the theme of Qualitative Research Methods: Theory and Practice in the Information Discipline. Professor Peng Wu, Professor Li Li, Associate Professor Yonghua Cen, representatives of young teachers and some undergraduates, masters and doctoral students attended the lecture. First of all, Professor Miguel elaborated and analyzed the connotation and significance of qualitative research from the perspective of basic ontology and epistemology. Next, Professor Miguel introduced specific steps in research design, data collection and data analysis involved in qualitative research. Finally, Professor Miguel talked about the difference between deductive and inductive methods, distinguishing between different characteristics of qualitative research and quantitative research. The teachers and students presented their own confusion about the specific details of qualitative research, and got patient answers from Professor Miguel to help us understand the research paradigm of qualitative research.

In June 3, from 10:45 to 12:00, Professor Miguel and the teachers of our school had a symposium on the theme of “iSchool Application Discussion”. The forum was chaired by Professor Peng Wu and was reported by Associate Professor Houqiang Yu. During the meeting, Professor Miguel carefully examined the iSchool application prepared by our institute and put forward detailed revision suggestions to further established our confidence in the iSchool Alliance.