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Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness

Main Activities
  • National Competitiveness Assessment: IPS National Competitiveness Research

    Since 1989 and 1996, respectively, the IMD and the WEF in Switzerland have been publishing annual National Competitiveness Reports. However, these reports have have some issues because of lack of a solid theoretical foundation in national competitiveness, leading to frequent changes in their evaluation models or criteria, and the omission or duplication of variables. Addressing these issues, the IPS National Competitiveness Research was established in 2000. It has gained recognition for its theoretical and methodological excellence and its research output was published by both Edward Elgar in the UK and by World Scientific Publishing in Singapore in 2013. In addition, World Scientific Publishing published the research findings annually between 2021 and 2023.

    The IPS research provides competitiveness analysis for over 60 countries and regions worldwide, utilizing an advanced research model based on Michael Porter's Diamond Model (IPS Model). Unlike IMD and WEF reports that solely focus on national competitiveness rankings, the IPS research presents a systematic MASI methodology to offer practical strategies for the enhancement of competitiveness of the evaluated countries. Since 2004, it has been involved in national competitiveness consulting projects for governments in Malaysia, Dubai, Guangdong Province in China, and Azerbaijan. The IPS competitiveness model has also been recognized for its excellence through presentations at several annual meetings of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) based in Washington, USA.

  • University Competitiveness Assessment: World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI)

    Global university competitiveness rankings, such as THE World University Rankings by the UK’s The Times, the QS World University Rankings by the UK’s Quacquarelli Symonds, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, are being announced and are widely known internationally. However, these rankings share common problems such as uniform evaluation criteria based on traditional research and education metrics, focusing on research capabilities and funding, and an over-reliance on historical quantitative data. To address these issues, the WURI ranking, the world's first 'Innovative University Rankings', was created to evaluate innovative universities to meet the needs of businesses and society to foster the talent needed for future. WURI stands for World University Rankings for Innovation, which means it evaluates the world’s universities for their direct impact on the field. The WURI rankings are organized by the Competitiveness Evaluation Research Center in Korea, the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) in the Netherlands, the Industrial Policy Studies Institute Switzerland (IPSS), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Tailor Institute at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. The WURI Rankings were first released at the WURI Conference in June 2020 and have been published annually since then.

Faculty Members
  • Tae-Hyun Kim, Head of Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness
  • Youngeun Chu, Professor at aSSIST University
  • Hyunjee Hannah Kim, Professor at aSSIST University
  • Eun-Jun Lee, Professor at aSSIST University
  • Dilong Huang
  • Min-Kyung Sung
  • Min-Ji Hong
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