Attracting attention worldwide

According to an international ranking, the Centre for International Health is one of the world’s most influential health policy think tanks.

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Every year, the University of Pennsylvania ranks the world’s think tanks based on a number of criteria: influence on life quality in society, the number of academic publications and general reputation amongst academics, in the media and amongst policy-makers.

In the latest ranking, the Centre for International Health (CIH) at the University of Bergen (UiB) is ranked as no. 22 on the list of leading health policy think tanks.

Internationally acclaimed

Professor Rune Nilsen is CIH’s head tells regional newspaper Bergens Tidende that there are a number of reasons why the centre is being noticed internationally.

– Researchers from UiB and our partners in other countries are active in debates about global health, both regarding the university and health sectors. Our research teams are outstanding. Our research is acclaimed and we create a number of PhDs, Nilsen tells the paper.

–Also, we are concerned that what we do will be of significance to our partner institutions. Whether it is AIDS policy in southern Africa, tuberculosis programmes in Ethiopia or child health at the World Health Organisation. In all these fields our work attracts attention.

Nilsen does however like to stress that the list, which was presented at UN headquarters in New York is no definitive list.

Nurturing think tanks

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania compile the Global Go To Think Tanks Report. The objective of the programme is to research trends and challenges and to nurture and build think tank capacity worldwide.

More information on the programme can be found on their homepage, where you can also download the report on the world’s leading think tanks.


Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Ole Drønen.