Performance Monitoring Asia-Pacific Research Area, Phase II

  • The Asia-Pacific research area (APRA) comprises about half of the world's population and some of its most dynamic economies. The importance of the region as producer of knowledge is reflected in its growing number of international publications and patents, as well as development of new (digital) business models. By analysing the performance of science, technology, and innovation in the APRA, the project aims at supplying an empirical-evidence base for the strategic further development of cooperation with countries in Asia-Pacific.
    BMBF, 2021-2023


    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Repräsentantin in Japan


    Dr. Margot Schüller

    Senior Research Fellow


    * With which countries in the region is Germany already cooperating successfully? * What are unexploited potentials (common themes, high-performance partners, etc.) for Germany in bilateral cooperation?
    * In which fields of research are new topics emerging that are relevant for Germany regarding bilateral cooperation?
    * To what extent does Germany participate in important thematic trends in the APRA?
    * Which institutions and regions within important partner countries are relevant for bilateral cooperation?
    * To what extent does the emergence of the APRA create new competitive situations for Germany?

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    The project analyses whether and how the countries in Asia-Pacific are turning into another global centre of knowledge production. Moreover, it assesses the opportunities for cooperation and the competitive challenges for Europe (especially Germany) stemming from the regional innovation dynamics. Particular spotlight is on developments in China, India, Japan, and South Korea.

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    The project carries out statistical analyses to study the performance of relevant countries within the region, including, inter alia, the bibliometric scrutiny of scientific publications and patents. In addition, it offers policy and institutional analyses, focusing on recent government strategies, incentive systems, and organisational structures.

    Vorläufige Ergebnisse

    The monitoring of Asia-Pacific provides rich foundations for evidence-based policymaking and offers key inputs to future policy decisions in science and technology in Germany. The findings of APRA Phase I were published in three major reports in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.

    APRA Phase II continues the performance-monitoring of the region. While annual reports were published in APRA Phase I, the new APRA Phase II features quarterly reports with a focus on specific countries and topical issues. The first quarterly report will focus on China’s performance and its new science, technology, and innovation policies as revealed in the recent 14th Five-Year Plan (2021–2025).


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