IDEAS announced as one of the best new think tanks in the world by an international survey

IDEAS ranked as one of the best new think tanks in the world by an international survey


IDEAS has been ranked as the 18th best new think tank globally by an international survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and United Nations University. IDEAS is also the second best new think tank in Asia according to the international survey. The survey examined 6,480 think tanks in 169 countries, and only 3 think tanks from Malaysia made it to the list, including IDEAS.


The global think tanks ranking is an index jointly developed by the University of Pennsylvania and the United Nations University. It was officially released on 18 January 2011, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


James McGann, director of the ranking research, says: "the primary objective of the rankings is to recognise some of the leading public policy think tanks in the world and highlight the important contributions these organisations are making to governments and civil societies around the world."


Commenting about this achievement, Datuk Seri Azman Ujang, a member of IDEAS Advisory Board, says: "We in IDEAS are humbled by this recognition while at the same time mindful of the challenging tasks ahead in helping to make a positive difference in nation building. On behalf of the Advisory Board, I would like to thank the IDEAS team under the dynamic leadership of CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan for making it to international ranking within just a short one year of existence."


Wan Mohd Firdaus Fuaad, Founding Director of IDEAS, says: "We will be one year old on 8 February 2011 and we will celebrating it with an event at Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. This achievement is a brilliant culmination of one year of hard work to set up and establish IDEAS as an independent free market think tank in Malaysia. We will continue working hard to achieve even more. Our ambition for 2011 is to help the public understand the meaning of economic liberalisation, so that the New Economic Model and the Economic Transformation Programme mooted by Dato' Sri Najib can achieve their full potentials."


Inspired by the values of Tunku Abdul Rahman, IDEAS is Malaysia's first independent classical liberal think tank dedicated to promoting rule of law, limited government, free markets and individual liberty. IDEAS was officially launched on 8 February 2010, in an event attended by three generations of Almarhum Tunku's family members.


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