Rice Brainiacs Earn Top World Status

Rice University's Baker Institute continues climb to tops in world rankings of think-tanks

Baker Institute continues climb to tops in think-tank world rankings

Rice University, Baker Institute, Feb. 2016
Rice University's Baker Institute climbs high in world rankings. Courtesy of Rice University
4 Baker Institute 20th anniversary gala advertorial October 2013 Edward P. Djerejian, right, with James A. Baker III
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Baker Institute for Public Policy founding director Edward Djerejian. Photo by © Michael Stravato
George W. Bush, left, and Ed Djerejian at the Baker Institute 20th Anniversary Gala November 2013
Former President George W. Bush and Edward Djerejian at the Baker Institute 20th anniversary. Photo by © 2013 Michael Stravato. Provided courtesy of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Rice University, Baker Institute, Feb. 2016
4 Baker Institute 20th anniversary gala advertorial October 2013 Edward P. Djerejian, right, with James A. Baker III
George W. Bush, left, and Ed Djerejian at the Baker Institute 20th Anniversary Gala November 2013

Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy continues its prestigious climb among the top rungs of worldwide think-tank rankings landing in the top five in the annual index of university-affiliated global think-tanks. The institute rose from No. 9 in 2014 to No. 4 in 2015.

Continuing the climb, the institute's Center for Energy Studies is now ranked No. 2 in the world's engery- and resource-policy think-tanks, up from No. 4 in 2014. Both rankings were published in the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.   

Rice president David Leebron credited the relatively rapid rise (the institute was founded in 1993) to the vision and leadership of Baker Institute founding director Edward Djerejian and to the influence and support of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. 

“These rankings reflect our commitment to excellence and to delivering research, programs and policy recommendations to decision-makers in the public and private sectors,” Djerejian said in a statement. “Our fellows, scholars and staff are to be commended for their dedication and work. We will continue to grow in meaningful ways in the years ahead.”

The top four university-affiliated think-tanks in the world are, in ranked order, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard’s Center for International Development, the London School of Economics’ IDEAS/Public Policy Group and the Baker Institute.

The top-ranked global energy think-tank is the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, followed by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies.