UNU Again Ranked Among Top Global Think Tanks

  • 2013•02•06     Tokyo

    For the third consecutive year, the United Nations University (UNU) has been recognized as one of the world’s top “government-affiliated think tanks” by the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

    The 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report and Policy Advice, released on 28 January 2013 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, ranks UNU as 5th in the category of “Best Government-Affiliated Think Tanks”.

    This is a one-slot advance from UNU’s 6th-place ranking within the same category in 2011, and a two-slot advance  from its 7th-place ranking in 2010.

    The 2012 index also ranks the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER, Finland) as 6th in the “Top International Development Think Tanks” category. This represents a reprise of UNU-WIDER’s 6th-place ranking in that category in 2011 (and a one-slot advance from its 7th-place ranking in 2010).

    Some 6,600 institutions in 182 countries worldwide participated in the 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index. The nominated think tanks were evaluated by a team of more than 1,950 scholars, policymakers, public and private donors, and journalists based on a set of 18 criteria that included such assessments as the organization’s success in fostering positive change, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and reputation among academia, policymakers and media.

    UNU Rector Prof. Dr. Konrad Osterwalder attributed the University’s consistently improving ranking over the past three years to “the quality and quantity of UNU’s research and policy analysis on pressing global issues. This ranking is not just a reflection of UNU’s  work in 2012, but a tribute to many years of diligent and dedicated effort by UNU researchers and staff”.

    Prof. Finn Tarp, Director of UNU-WIDER, emphasized that UNU-WIDER’S ranking was enabled by “everyone who participates in our extensive global research network, particularly those from the developing world. We remain committed to undertaking the best research possible that serves the needs of policymakers in the developing world, together with their partners in the international development community.”

    See also the news story on the UNU-WIDER website.

    Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks, 2012 (Table #32)

    1. World Bank Institute (WBI), World Bank (United States)
    2. United States Institute for Peace (USIP) (United States)
    3. Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) (China)
    4. Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) (United Kingdom)
    5. United Nations University (UNU) (Japan) 
    6. Asian Development Bank Institute (Japan)
    7. China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) (China)
    8. German Development Institute (DIE) (Germany)
    9. Korea Development Institute (KDI) (Republic of Korea)
    10. China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) (China )

    Top 80 International Development Think Tanks, 2012 (Table #14)

    1. Brookings Institution (United States)
    2. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) (United Kingdom)
    3. Center for Global Development (CGD) (United States)
    4. Center for International Development (CID) (United States)
    5. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (United States)
    6. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) (Finland) 
    7. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (United States)
    8. Chatham House (United Kingdom)
    9. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (United States)
    10. German Development Institute (DIE) (Germany)