KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 – Malaysia’s Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) has been ranked one of the best think tanks in the world.
It is placed at 100 in a list of the top 175 think tanks in the world in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report.
The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli), which set up the CPPS, has also brought pride to the country by being placed in the top 150 non-US thinks tanks in the world. It is ranked 122.
The CPPS was also ranked fourth out of 100 think tanks in the Southeast Asia and Pacific category.
The report is released annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.
The Brookings Institution (United States), Chatham House (United Kingdom) and the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) (France) occupy the top three slots of the index.
Other Malaysian think tanks placed in the Southeast Asia and Pacific category are: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (9), Malaysian Institute Of Economic Research (81), Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (86), Institut Rakyat (89) and Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (90).
Asli CEO Michael Yeoh said in a statement: “Asli and our Centre for Public Policy Studies (Asli-CPPS) was clearly judged the top think tank in Malaysia and Number Two in Asean.
“Overall, out of 2,400 think tanks ranked globally, we are the only Malaysian think tank in the Top 100.”
Yeoh added: “This is very satisfying for our hard work and strong commitment to our core values of integrity, good governance and teamwork.”
Asli-CPPS chairman Ramon Navaratnam said: “We have consistently maintained high quality and integrity in all our research analyses.”
According to the index there are 18 think tanks in Malaysia.
The best performer among Asean countries on the world’s top list is Indonesia’s Centre for Strategic and International Studies which has been placed 77.
Others on the list include: Singapore Institute of International Affairs (82), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore (94) and Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore (98).
Think tanks are public-policy research analysis and engagement organisations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues, thereby enabling policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy, according to the TTCSP.
Think tanks may be affiliated or independent institutions that are structured as permanent bodies, not ad hoc commissions.
The 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index nomination and ranking criteria included: the quality and commitment of the think tank’s leadership (chief executive and governing body); the quality and reputation of the think tank’s staff; and the ability to assemble a critical mass of highly skilled, experienced and productive scholars and analysts who are recognised as either emerging or established experts in their respective area of research.
Other important criteria included the quality and reputation of the research and analysis produced and the ability to produce high quality, rigorous, policy oriented research that is accessible to policymakers, media and the public.