Second report on 'Monitoring the Asian-Pacific Research Area (APRA)' with focus on China published

Following the release of the first report in May 2019, the current publication is the second comprehensive inventory of research development in selected Asian and Pacific countries.

2nd APRA Monitoring © DLR-PT, Fraunhofer ISI, GIGA, DAAD

Alongside Europe and North America, the Asia-Pacific area is the third leading world region in knowledge production and innovation. For years, we have been observing an increasing regional integration of research among these countries. The growing cooperation within the Asia-Pacific region reduces the importance of cooperation with the USA or European countries. It is therefore crucial for the German knowledge-based economy to be well informed about research and innovation trends in other parts of the world.

To this end, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has commissioned a monitoring of the Asia-Pacific Research Area with a focus on China. After the release of a first report in May 2019, this new publication offers a second comprehensive inventory. The editors are the DLR Project Management Agency, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, the Leibniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies (GIGA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition to the document, the DLR Project Management Agency provides an extensive bibliometric and patentometric data set.

The publication contains evaluations of various research and education indicators - including expenditure, (co-)publications and (co-)patents – in selected countries that are relevant for research and innovation cooperation with Germany. The focus of this year's report is on life sciences, materials research and tertiary education hubs. In this year's report on the development of the Chinese research and education system, the focus is on Chinese-European cooperation.

A follow-up report, scheduled to be published in early 2021, is already in progress.