GraSPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), a globally recognized think tank based in Tokyo. Effective June 2018, GraSPP and ADBI will pursue a strategic partnership to enhance knowledge sharing and joint research activities of mutual interest. Activities may include interdisciplinary and practical professional education and training in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cooperative research, joint knowledge-sharing events, joint publication of academic work, and an internship program to provide students with policy-oriented learning opportunities.
ADBI was ranked world’s second-best government-affiliated think tank in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published by the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. ADBI was also ranked second among regional studies centers, and seventh among international development think tanks. ADBI has been providing intellectual input for policy makers in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) developing member countries since its creation in 1997.
On July 10, 2018, Dean Naoyuki Yoshino of Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Dean Akio Takahara of GraSPP discussed issues of mutual interest to enhance knowledge sharing and joint research activities after the signing of the MOU.