28 Nov'15 - The 2016 Budget and Economic Outlook

Penang Institute, the public policy think tank of the Penang state government, is proud to host a ...

14 Nov'15 - Satire, Strife & Stupidity in Malaysian Politics by Kee Thuan Chye

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31 Oct'15 - Forum on "Maqasid Syariah in a Constitutional Democracy"

Penang Institute, the public policy think tank of the Penang state government is proud to co-hos...

  • 28 Nov'15 - The 2016 Budget and Economic Outlook

  • 21-22 Nov'15 - Bengkel Pendidikan Politik: Demokrasi Berparlimen - By Invitation only (No seats avai...

  • 18 Nov'15 - Public Forum: Maqasid Syariah - A National Agenda?

  • 14 Nov'15 - Satire, Strife & Stupidity in Malaysian Politics by Kee Thuan Chye

  • 31 Oct'15 - Forum on "Maqasid Syariah in a Constitutional Democracy"

Economic Studies
The Economics Section undertakes active research into economics issues in Penang, Malaysia, South East Asia and Asia. We provide high impact, academically grounded, impartial and cutting edge analysis on the issues concerning the middle income trap, sustainable development and the growth of economies. We also look into business issues such as corporate governance, corporate financing and financial supervision.
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Urban Studies
The Urban Studies research cluster develops research and evidence for the formulation of policy which can promote the long-term sustainable development of Penang. The thematic areas of focus; sustainable urban development, housing and transport are brought together holistically to promote more joined up policy thinking.
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Measuring creativity
Malaysia’s creative content industry is estimated to be worth RM16bil, according to the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). “Platforms such as this (revenue streams from gaming, licensing and merchandising...
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Nusantara Studies
Nusantara Studies serves as a platform to foreground the worldview of intellectuals, literary and cultural figures and institutions of knowledge that have relevance to Penang and also have connection with the cultures of the Nusantara. Penang, which was once a very cosmopolitan meeting point of trade, culture and knowledge, was responsible for forging changes in society.
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Political & Social Analysis
A diverse team of scholars trained in political science, economics, international relations, gender studies, psychology and forensic science, we work on various issues and concerns related to political institutions and socio-economic policies in Penang and Malaysia. Our current projects cover federalism, constituency redelineation, social welfare policies in Penang, marginalization of Indians in Penang, women participation in workforce and education policy. Our works are part of the larger efforts of the
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History Studies
The History Studies of the Penang Institute focuses mainly on the history and heritage research of Penang and its region. This research intends to offer new ways to understand the connections between the past and present which throws light on social, economical, cultural and political changes in Penang and its surrounding states, but also Southeast Asia as a whole.
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Bukit Mertajam offers some rare authenticity

Photograph: Chan Kit Yeng Bukit Mertajam might be well off the tourist map, but it has much more to offer than what its reputation as George Town’s satellite…
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From the CEO's Desk

Press Statement - Can Malaysia withstand external economic headwinds with the Budget 2016?

Press statement - 23 October 2015, George Town, Penang Dr Lim Kim-Hwa, Chief Executive Officer and Head of EconomicsTim Niklas Schoepp, Senior Executive…
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