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British Council


In September 2014, the Knowledge Partnership commissioned Elsevier to undertake an in-depth study on Research Excellence & Collaborations of ASEAN countries. 

The Study:

  • Examines overall publication output and citation impact of 5 selected ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines). 
  • Analyses 30 institutions within those nations, including 7 Indonesian institutions. 
  • Identifies areas of strength of each institution. 
  • Analyses top collaboration partners of each institution in the identified areas of strength, both world-wide and specifically in the UK. 
  • Results provide insight which can inform policy making. 
  • The study is based on 5-years of data (2009-2013) sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database, which covers 21,000 peer reviewed journals from 5000 publishers, spanning all major subject areas.

To download the Research Performance in South East Asia report click here

Key Findings:  

To view an infographic of the key findings click here

  • The ten ASEAN countries as a whole are most active in terms of output in the Physical Sciences.
  • However, their UK collaboration show relatively more activity in the Life and Health Sciences.
  • This may be a reflection of the UK’s own activity by subject area, which shows higher proportions of outputs in the Health, Life, and Social Sciences than ASEAN.
  • Selected institutions in each country tend to have less collaboration with the UK than with regional or international partners in their strength areas, but in most cases, these tend to be of similar or higher impact.
  • The focus of ASEAN research seems particularly well-matched to the Newton Fund collaborative research programmes on: Energy, Food Security, Living with Environmental Change, and Health. 

If you would like be involved with the UK-SE ASIA Knowledge Partnership team please contact Amita Chawda, UK-SE Asia Knowledge Partnership Manager.