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Malaysian think tanks among the world’s best, says study

The Star
January 31, 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (Asli) and its Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) have emerged as among the top think tanks in the world in a study by the University of Pennsylvania.

The 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released recently placed the CPPS in 11th position for quality assurance and integrity policies, while Asli was included in a list of 144 of the world’s best independent think tanks.

The report’s ranking of top think tanks in South-East Asia and the Pacific put the CPPS in sixth position, while another local think tank – the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malay­sia – came in 10th.

Both the CPPS and ISIS did better in the regional ranking list compared to many other renowned bodies including the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), which was ranked at No 12.

The Report ranked more than 6,500 think tanks globally in various categories, with the help of a panel of over 1,900 peer institutions and experts from around the world.

“There are many think tanks that are doing exceptional work to help bridge the gap between knowledge and policy.”

“This report is no more than an effort to highlight some of the leading think tanks worldwide,” said James McGann director of the university’s Lauder Institute Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program in the Report.

Among the other areas Asli did well in was the category on top think tanks with annual operating budgets of less than US$5mil (RM21mil – 27th position); best new idea of paradigm (29th); best interdisciplinary research (32nd); best conference (33rd); and most significant impact on public policy.

Categories which the CPPS did well include top think tanks with annual operating budgets of less than US$5mil (25th); transparency and good governance think tank (25th); and best transdisciplinary research (29th).

The report can also be accessed online athttp://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/



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