Press Release

Evaluation Success for the GIGA

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) has raised the bar to new heights with its research and knowledge exchange in recent years. The Institute has achieved success in its evaluation; federal and state funding has been recommended for the next seven years.

  • Image with graphs that show development in GIGA Institute of the past seven years in comparison to the previous evaluation periode.
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    Image with graphs that show development in GIGA Institute of the past seven years in comparison to the previous evaluation periode.
    © GIGA

    The Institute had already been rated as “very good and, in part, excellent” at the time of the last evaluation. The Leibniz Senate now confirms as part of the regular evaluation: “Since then, the GIGA has further improved its scientific performance” and attests the GIGA to be “one of the leading research institutions” in its field.

    In the seven-year cycle leading up to the evaluation 2021, the GIGA significantly increased the quality of its publications (e.g., GIGA researchers published in high-ranked international peer-reviewed journals, thereby more than doubling the impact factor), acquired record levels of third-party funding (with all-time highs in 2019 and again in 2021, which saw inflows of EUR 4,189,905), won an unprecedented number of prestigious prizes (a 17-times increase), and expanded its international outreach (e.g., engagement with international organisations such as EU, UN Security Council, WTO, World Bank, NATO). This dramatic jump was made possible by the great commitment and innovative spirit of the Institute’s academic and service staff, as well as its international collaborations. It is also a result of the importance that the GIGA has attached to internal quality assurance and institutional processes.

    Our latest GIGA Annual Report gives you a flavour of the many exciting developments at the Institute.

    “The GIGA is pleased to receive the funding recommendation for the next seven years”, says GIGA President Amrita Narlikar. “We thank all our supporters and well-wishers. We are proud of what we have achieved. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful Team GIGA and our international partners, the valuable advice of our Academic Advisory Board and our Board of Trustees, as well as the indispensable support of our ministries – the Hamburg Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke and the Federal Foreign Office. We are looking forward to continuing our work, together with our many international partners, in the years to come.”

    The Leibniz press release summarises the results for the GIGA and the other institutes the Leibniz Association evaluated in this cycle. The GIGA is an independent social science research institute. It analyses political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as global issues. The Institute is committed to its Global Approach to Scholarship that works with perspectives, concepts, and experiences from different world regions and stands for research that is global in content, reach, and structure.


    Verena Schweiger

    Verena Schweiger

    Head of Communications Department

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