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Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) Ranked Top Asia Think Tank

Date: 20 January 2012 

The Global Go To Think Tanks Report 2011 released in New York on the 18 January 2012 ranked ASLI’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) #16 for the Top Asia Think Tank out of 1198 think tanks in Asia. CPPS came 29th, and was the only Malaysian think tank ranked in the Top 30 Transparency and Good Governance Think Tank; and ranked #14 for Top Think Tanks with annual operating budget of less than USD5m.

This is an international survey conducted by the International Relations Programme at the University of Pennsylvania, and supported by the United Nations and United Nations University. The Rankings’ primary objective is to recognize some of the world’s leading public policy think tanks and highlight the notable contributions these institutions are making to governments and civil societies worldwide.

CPPS Chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam congratulated the CPPS team and commented that ‘as Chairman of CPPS, I am humbled, gratified, encouraged and grateful to our small but dedicated team under the leadership of CPPS Director Ms Ng Yeen Seen.’

In its 5th consecutive edition, the global survey evaluated 6,545 think tanks in 182 countries; with 6000 journalists, policymakers and 793 expert members from around the world refined and validated the lists. A total of 5329 think tanks were nominated and a total of 25,000 nominations were received across the 30 categories.

In the 2011 report, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania Dr James G. McGann mentioned that ‘think tanks are so important, filtering, sorting and synthesizing information that they can provide to policymakers.’ He also added that “Top Think Tanks with Annual Operating Budgets of Less Than $5 Million USD” category was added in an  attempt to recognize the work of smaller think tanks that nevertheless produce influential research but might otherwise be edged out the rankings by think tanks with bigger budgets and more manpower. 

"There are a number of major political, economic, social, and technological trends that are converging at this moment in history and that have a profound impact on governments and the institutions that serve them," reads the beginning of the report. "It is essential that think tanks understand these trends and be ahead of them so that we are all not buried by them."

CPPS is an independent and non-partisan public policy institute that aims at fostering open-minded dialogue, enlightened leadership and better governance. CPPS beliefs that a cohesive, competitive and successful multi-racial Malaysia can best be met by open discussion buttressed by rigorous analytical work and a spirit of tolerance and respect for the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders in the country.

For more information, please contact:-

CPPS Director

Ms Ng Yeen Seen

yeenseen@asli.com.my / yeenseen@cpps.org.my

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