Penang Institute was formerly known as Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) and was established in 1997 as an independent non-profit Penang-based research institute with a focus on facilitating sustainable, continuous and balanced development for the state of Penang.
Right from the beginning SERI has been a unique institution with a difference. Unlike many other larger think tanks, SERI retained its compact structure and slim set-up, allowing the Institute to respond rapidly to new challenges. In the course of its time, SERI has firmly established itself as one of Malaysia???s leading independent think tank, regularly consulted by the Government, local and international NGOs on a diverse range of issues from education and sustainability to economics and human resource issues.
In August 2011, responding to the new challenges and dynamics of our times, SERI underwent a transformation process which includes a change of name and is now known as Penang Institute. Building on SERI???s tradition of excellence, Penang Institute aspires to be one of the best policy research institutes in the region, one that will provide both the Penang State Government and the people of Penang with far-sighted, creative and innovative policy options for Penang to lead again. The Institute aims to deepen Penang???s understanding of Asia where our future lies, while attempting to be the gathering hub where great Asian and global thinkers exchange views, with Penang as the experiment site where we put good ideas to work.
Penang Institute has established itself as a prominent think tank both in the State and in Malaysia. Thus, research and publications continue to be one of our core businesses. Our focus in the next few years is to imagine what Penang would look like as a successful international city in the heart of Asia. Penang Institute aims to provide viable alternatives to existing problems and anticipate future challenges by thinking ahead in order to make Penang the cultural, economic and intellectual capital of the region. Through a culture of creativity and innovation, and without compromising on rigorous research standards, Penang Institute aspires to be the premier think tank in the region specialising in providing an integrated solution to cities in this region and beyond. In short, if Penang is to be a model city in Asia, Penang Institute will be the regional expert in all-things city.
Penang Institute was officially inaugurated on 9 December 2011 by the Yang Amat Berhormat Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang.
Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:23 AM