KDI Tops the Global Think Tank Ranking in International Development

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Korea Development Institute (KDI) was ranked as the global number one among 7,800 think tanks in the world in the field of international development and has also confirmed its top position in Asia for five consecutive years. According to the 2017 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report released on January 31, 2018, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania ranked KDI as 19th among all leading research institutes in the world, stepping up from its 44th rank last year.

KDI is globally recognized for its role in establishing domestic economic and social agenda through impactful policy research as well as in contributing to the international development through result-oriented knowledge sharing out of the Korean development experience. As the educational arm, KDI School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) has its share in this outstanding result, surpassing the Brookings Institution in the US and Chatham House in the UK in this category, by delivering its world-renowned degree programs and the short-term capacity building programs during the last 20 years, as we proudly believe.

KDI’s ranking significantly rose in the following categories as well; best-managed (11th→5th), outstanding policy-oriented research programs (15th→6th), and domestic economic policy (16th→10th).

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), led by James G. McGann, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has released the comprehensive ranking of global think tanks since 2006. The ranking is based on the compiled data and recommendations by scholars, policymakers, journalists and field experts from around the world, including online surveys and expert panel evaluation results. In the 2017 Report, 7,800 think tanks were evaluated by approximately 3,750 experts from various fields.