SINGAPORE: The top local think tank accolade belongs to the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), according to one ranking in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index, which excludes institutes from the United States.
The index, which was released on Jan 29, showed that in the non-US ranking for top think tanks, the United Kingdom's Chatham House came up tops, followed by Belgium's Bruegal. South Korea's Korea Development Institute was the highest ranking Asian institute at 8th, the ranking showed.
The SIIA came in at 52nd place, but ahead of the other local think tanks featured on the ranking. The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was its nearest competitor at 55th, while the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (64th), Centre on Asia and Globalization (72nd) and the Asia Competitiveness Institute (81st) were also featured in the top 100, according to the report.
In the top think tanks worldwide ranking, which includes US institutes, the Brookings Institution was placed first ahead of Chatham House, it added.
Besides maintaining its strong overall position, the SIIA was the only Singaporean think tank to be ranked in the category of Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by a Think Tank, the organisation said in a press release on Tuesday (Feb 2).
“Over the last four years, this index has consistently ranked us well and consolidated our standing among global and regional think tanks. What is new this year is to be recognised in new categories that showcase our innovative efforts to reach and be relevant to the wider public discussion as well as corporations,” said Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA.
The 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index is an annual ranking compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme. Now in its ninth year, the peer-reviewed survey ranks think tanks based on criteria such as the commitment of their leadership, quality and reputation of their staff as well as their research and analysis. A total of 6,846 think tanks were invited to participate in the 2015 rankings, in addition to more than 4,750 journalists, policy-makers, donors and specialists.