The World Bank’s ease of doing business index incentives countries to do whatever they can to improve their ranking.
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Allegations that World Bank officials manipulated country rankings in its much-used ease of doing business index highlight a deeper problem with these types of rankings.
Istanbul at sunset.
City rankings have become big business – but this expert thinks it’s best to ignore them.
When academics are pushed to publish and to compete, teaching and research can take a back seat.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It’s important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
Surveys suggest Trump’s election is hurting America’s reputation.
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Surveys show Trump’s election is damaging America’s reputation abroad, which research suggests could deal a sharp blow to US trade.
When governments and students collide, university systems wobble.
The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.
How do universities measure their success? How should they?
Currently universities have a vast array of measures they use to gauge how successful they are. Most of the measures have a lot to do with prestige and not much to do with the outcomes of their graduates or the quality of the education their students receive.