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Three Taiwan think tanks rank among Asia's top 40

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Three Taiwan think tanks rank among Asia's top 40

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Three think tanks from Taiwan have been ranked among the top 40 research institutes in Asia, according to the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Report released recently by the University of Pennsylvania. They are the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy at eighth, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition at 20th, and the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research at 25th. The list of Top 40 Think Tanks in Asia was not comprehensive, however, excluding institutions in China, India, Japan and South Korea. Think tanks from those countries were ranked in a separate list of the world's Top 150 Think Tanks. In the Asia top 40 ranking, the Lowry Institute of Australia was ranked No. 1, followed by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. The highest ranking Asian institute in the world rankings was the Japan Institute of International Affairs, ranked 16th, followed in 17th place by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. No Taiwanese institution placed in the world top 150. The rankings were based on an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers and journalists. More than 6,500 think tanks worldwide were evaluated using a set of 18 criteria developed by the university's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. (By Y.F. Low)