CCG Makes a Highly Successful Debut in the Most Highly Regarded Global Think Tank Ranking

Date:2015-1-22 Author:CCG



Ranked 12th in mainland China among top Asian think tanks

One of the Three Chinese Non-governmental Independent Think Tanks on the List


Jan. 22, (Beijing) – The Center for China & Globalization (CCG) made its debut appearance on the most comprehensive global list of top ranking  think tanks worldwide.  The list was released today and ranked CCG as one of the top 15 think tanks in mainland China and top 50 think tanks in Asia.

In the 2014 Go-to Think Tanks Index compiled by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, CCG is ranked No. 12 among the best think tanks in mainland China, following close behind the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and No.47 among all the top think tanks in Asia (China, Japan, India, South Korea). CCG is one of only three non-governmental independent think tanks from China that make the cut.

This marks the first time that CCG has participated in the TTCSP global evaluation of think tanks. According to the TTCSP, 2014 is the sixth consecutive year in which the organization has compiled its annual Go-to Think Tanks Index. Among the total of 6,681 think tanks worldwide TTCSP reviewed this year, 1,830 are from the United States, 429 from China, and 287 from Britain, which comprise the top three sources of think tanks.

The full list was simultaneously made public on Jan. 22, 2015 at events hosted by over 60 institutions in more than 50 global cities/policy hubs, in conjunction with the main launching ceremonies held in Washington, D.C. and New York, to highlight the important role think tanks play in performing research and offering advice to governments and civil societies around the world.




The announcement event for China was held in Beijing and gathered together the heads of dozens of leading Chinese think tanks. CCG President Dr. Wang Huiyao addressed the group, expressing his appreciation for the growing recognition of China’s think tanks. He noted that with the recent document issued the Chinese leadership calling for the strengthening of Chinese think tanks and building of new ones with Chinese characteristics, the country now has for the first time an official policy regarding such organizations. Wang further stated that this document acknowledges the important role of independent think tanks in providing research and policy advice and offers useful guidance on their future development. This policy support will create tremendous opportunities for independent think tanks and make them an important force in the effort to build think tanks with Chinese characteristics.  

Wang also spoke highly of the 2014 Go-to Think Tank Index, which he sees as highlighting the rising stature of China’s think tanks with respect to their research capacity, social impact and international reputation. Echoing Wang’s comments, many other participating scholars also argued that the existing framework governing the establishment and operation of think tanks limits the development of such organizations in China and urged that it be reformed. These scholars also called for greater efforts to promote independent think tanks and make them major players in the research and policy-making advice market.  

The Global Go-to Think Tank Index is based on an international assessment by over 3,570 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists using a set of 18 key criteria developed by the TTCSP. The Index has become the gold standard for evaluating think tanks worldwide and is widely cited by governments, donors, the news media, and policymakers. According to James McGann, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, the Index is designed to help identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence in public policy research around the world.


The Index ranks the top 150 global think tanks across categories including top think tanks in the world and top think tanks by region. The 2014 top 10 think tanks worldwide are: 


1.    Brookings Institution (USA)
2.    Chatham House (UK)
3.    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA)
4.    Center for Strategic and International Studies (USA)
5.    Bruegel (Belgium)
6.    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sweden)
7.    RAND Corporation (USA)
8.    Council on Foreign Relations (USA)
9.    International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK)
10.    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA)



The Chinese think tanks on the global and regional lists include:


Top 150 Think Tanks

Chinese Think Tanks on the List

Global Ranking

Number of Chinese Think Tanks Selected

Worldwide (US + non-US)

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

27

7

China Institute of International Studies

36

China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

40

Development Research Center of the State Council

48/99

Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University

61

Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

71

Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China

106

Asia (China, Japan, India, and South Korea)

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

3

15

China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

5

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

9

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

11

Development Research Center of the State Council

13

Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University

16

Shanghai Institute for International Studies

18

Unirule Institute of Economics

31

China Public Affairs Review (Taiwan)

33

Institute for National Policy Research (Taiwan)

36

China Center for International Economic Exchanges

42

Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China

44

Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

45

Center for China & Globalization

47

China Finance 40 Forum

49





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