SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS RANKED BEST SOUTH-EAST ASIAN THINK TANK IN GLOBAL SURVEY
24 Jan 2013, SINGAPORE – Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), has been ranked the top South-east Asian think tank in a global survey by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, International Relations Program of the University of Pennsylvania. The university released the 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings this week at the United Nations University and the World Bank in Washington D.C.
The ranking, which is into its sixth year, is the culmination of an eight-month process with some 6,603 think tanks from 182 countries being invited to participate. The rankings’ primary objective is to recognise some of the world’s leading public policy think tanks and highlight the notable contributions of these institutions to governments and civil societies worldwide. Over the course of six years, the rankings have become the authoritative source for top public policy institutions around the world.
SIIA Chairman, Associate Professor Simon Tay, was heartened and honoured by the latest strong performance by the institute. “As a small and independent think tank, we work hard to leverage on our strong regional networks and relationships with key stakeholders both at home and abroad,” he said. “Our aim is not only to have an impact on the shaping of policy, but to also help Singaporeans develop into true global citizens with a broad perspective on key regional and international issues.”
The SIIA, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a non-profit, non-government think tank which focuses on a broad range of subjects and programmes, including regionalism, geo-politics and economic development, as well as the environment and resources. The institute had previously been ranked third in Singapore in 2011.
Over 57,000 nominations from over 1,100 think tanks and individuals were received and subsequently ranked in this year’s rankings across 36 categories by a panel of more than 1,950 experts and peer institutions from around the world. The SIIA was listed in 13 of the 36 different rankings.
In a list of top 100 think tanks worldwide, excluding the US, the SIIA was the top-ranked institution from South-east Asia, and first from Singapore. It was also the only Singaporean think tank to be ranked in classifications of top think tanks in the fields of International Development, Domestic Economic Policy, Science and Technology, and Transparency and Good Governance. The SIIA was also the only think tank from South-east Asia to be ranked among the top 40 think tanks with the Best Use of the Internet or Social Media.
SIIA Executive Director Nicholas Fang said that the institute would continue to develop its work in key areas such as the progress towards an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, human rights development in the region, and also concerns over environmental sustainability. “As we approach Singapore’s 50th birthday in 2015, we are also launching a two-year programme this year entitled ‘Future 50’ where we will examine critical issues that will be pertinent to Singapore, the region and the world in the next five decades,” he said. “This programme will be officially launched this year, and will culminate in a report to be released in 2015 to coincide with our 50th National Day.”
The full 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report and Policy Advice can be found at: http://www.gotothinktank.com/2012-global-goto-tank-index-report/
For more information and interview requests, please contact:
Media, Marketing and Events
Singapore Institute of International Affairs | 60A Orchard Road #04-03 Tower 1 The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub, Singapore 238890 | Tel: (65) 6734 9600 | Fax: (65) 6733 6217 | HP: (65) 9770 4718 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org