For the second year in a row, the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan (UJ) topped the list of “Distinguished Centers for Excellence”, after being ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa region for the years (2016-2019). This came within the annual report of the Global Go To Think Tank Index for the year 2020 published yesterday by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Ranked according to their importance, 7,500 research institutions and think tanks worldwide were feature in the 2020 edition.
The report ranks research centers according to more than 28 indicators; including The organization’s ability to produce new knowledge, innovative policy proposals or alternative ideas on policy; Ability to bridge the gap between the academic and policymaking communities; Ability to bridge the gap between the academic and policymaking communities; The quality, number, and reach of its publications; The quality and commitment of the think tank’s leadership; and The quality and reputation of the think tank’s staff; and others. Moreover, CSS ranked 37th on the Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks list and 130th in the Global Ranking Category of research centers around the world (excluding the United States of America) which ranks over 7,500 centers worldwide.
CSS Director Prof. Zaid Eyadat, expressed thanks to CSS’s staff and Council, as well as UJ administration for the continuous support to the Center’s vision, activities, and role as a distinguished intellectual and scientific entity. “This achievement, that we are all proud of, motivates us at the center to spare no effort in serving the public interest of the state and society, and in providing decision-makers with the necessary facts and data,” he said.