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Evaluation report of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) programme

Policy developments

Japan established the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) programme in 2007 in order to fund “world-class research institutions” for ten years. Since 2007 nine WPI institutions have been launched. According to the recent evaluation report of MEXT the percentage of “top 1%” papers (those receiving the most citations) published by the nine research centres is on average 4.6%, which means WPIs rank third as “top 1% papers” publishers in the world. Some institutions were granted funding extensions.

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