Taiwan ranks 23rd globally in number of think tanks: report
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- With a total of 52 think tanks, Taiwan ranks 23rd in the world and fourth in Asia according to a report released recently by the University of Pennsylvania.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Report and Policy Advice was issued by James G. McGann, director of the school's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.
It showed that among the 102 countries that boast over 10 think tanks, Taiwan is 23rd with 52 think tanks, lagging behind mainland China's 429, India's 269 and Japan's 108.
Taiwan ranks first among the Four Asian Tigers, higher than 35 think tanks in South Korea and 30 in Hong Kong.
With less than 10 think tanks, Singapore failed to rank among the 102 countries and regions surveyed.
In the global rankings, the U.S. came in on top with as many as 1,823 think tanks, far more than the distant second-place country, China, at 429.
The United Kingdom was third with 288.
The report also indicated that the U.S. commanded five out of the top 10 think tanks in the world, with the Brookings Institution atop the list and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace third.
Of think tanks in Asia, the Japan Institute of International Affairs took 16th place among the world's top think tanks for the best ranking in Asia, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) came second at 17th place globally.
Among the top 100 think tanks in countries other than the U.S., the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences enjoyed the best ranking, and the Korean Development Institute came in at 15th.
Three think tanks in Taiwan placed among the top 40 think tanks in Asian countries other than mainland China, India, Japan and South Korea, including the Institute of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy at eighth place, iSET at 20th and the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research at 25th. In this regard, Australia's Lowy Institute ranks first.