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KDI Ranks as Top 5 Global Think Tank January 28, 2021

KDI 2021-01-28

KDI Ranks as Top 5 Global Think Tank
- 5th non-US and 16th in the world among 11,175 institutes -
- Asia’s only ‘Center of Excellence’ in two categories -

2021 not only marks the 50th anniversary of KDI, it is now also the year that KDI was ranked 5th in the Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US) and 16th in the Top Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US) categories of the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. It previously ranked 6th and 19th, respectively. 

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania began releasing its annual comprehensive ranking of global think tanks in 2006. A total of 11,175 think tanks were evaluated for the 2020 Index based on data compiled from expert panel evaluations and the recommendations and online surveys of scholars, policymakers, journalists and field experts from around the globe.

KDI placed higher than last year for Outstanding Policy-oriented Research Programs (5th→4th) and Significant Impact on Public Policy (43rd→42nd).

KDI reaffirmed its status as a leading global think tank by taking top positions in 14 key categories including International Development (Center of Excellence), Best Managed Think Tanks (3rd), Domestic Economic Policy (9th), International Economics (10th), and Social Policy (13th).

Additionally, KDI was again honored to be the only Asian research institute to be named ‘Center of Excellence’ in two categories.

From 2019, TTCSP awards institutes that rank first place in a category for three consecutive years the title of ‘Center of Excellence' in order to honor their accomplishments. KDI has held first positions in the Top Think Tank Worldwide (non-US) category since 2013 and International Development category since 2016.

 KDI’s Ranking in Key Categories
KDI’s Ranking in Key Categories

This table is 'KDI's Ranking in Key Categories' table and provides information on category, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Top Think Tanks Worldwide (Non-US)65
Top Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US)1916
Top Think Tanks in China, India, Japan and Republic of Korea
[Key Categories]  
International Development
Domestic Economic Policy99
International Economics1010
Outstanding Policy-Oriented Research Programs54
Social Policy1313
Significant Impact on Public Policy4342
Top Domestic Health Policy2929
Best Managed Think Tanks33
Best Use of Media2323
Best Policy Study·Report Produced by a Think TankIncludedIncluded
Best Independent Think TanksIncludedN/A
★ denotes Center of Excellence

KDI President Jeong Pyo Choi revealed that “The award for Center of Excellence is welcomed recognition of KDI’s excellence and global competitiveness in research, and of its position as Korea’s leading think tank.” He added that “As KDI celebrates its 50th year, efforts will be dedicated to establishing an advanced economic paradigm that can sustain Korea for another five decades.”
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