The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is thrilled to be named in the opens in a new windowtop ten of global Regional Studies Centers in a 2016 study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

The Center was named in the University of Pennsylvania’s opens in a new window2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published annually since 2008 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at UPenn’s  opens in a new windowLauder Institute, and decided by peer nomination and selection.

The Fairbank Center was ranked ninth in the “Best Regional Studies Center (University-Affiliated)” category, with Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies ranked seventh.

Director Michael Szonyi commented that, “This honor is a real recognition of the Fairbank Center’s continued excellence in research on China. It is especially meaningful to be recognized by our peers during our 60th Anniversary year, as we not only celebrate the quality and impact of the Center’s research, but also think about how we will shape Chinese Studies in the future.”

Harvard was well represented throughout the rankings with the Kennedy School’s opens in a new windowBelfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the opens in a new windowCenter for International Development ranked first and second in the global university-affiliated think tank category. The opens in a new windowWeatherhead Center for International Affairs was also named in the top thirty of university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, and the Kennedy School’s opens in a new windowAsh Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation was named in the top forty.

Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and author of the report, James McGann, said that the goal of the index, “is to increase the profile and performance of think tanks and raise the public awareness of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the globe.”

Think tanks and research centers are nominated by a large group of 6,500 think tanks, and 7,500 journalists, donors, and policy makers, with any institution receiving ten or more nominations going through to a second selection round. This second round is then examined by more than 900 functional area and regional specialists serving as expert panelists and providing valuable insights and assistance in compiling the report, which catalogued nearly 7,000 think tanks worldwide.

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