Rice Brainiacs Earn Top World Status
Rice University's Baker Institute continues climb to tops in world rankings of think-tanks
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.