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The World Bank’s ease of doing business index incentives countries to do whatever they can to improve their ranking. Jongho Shin/iStock via Getty Images

Scandal involving World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ index exposes problems in using sportslike rankings to guide development goals

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.
A section of Quarry Road informal settlement in Durban after severe flooding in April 2019 where research was undertaken by local scientists. Catherine Sutherland

Reuters’ Hot List of climate scientists is geographically skewed: why this matters

Climate change science dominated by knowledge produced in the global North cannot address the particular challenges faced by those living in the global South.
Both first- and second-generation immigrants in British Columbia and Ontario outperformed their non-immigrant counterparts in science literacy, in the 2015 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Programme for International Student Assessment. (Shutterstock)

The secrets of immigrant student success

First and second-generation immigrants perform well in many Canadian provinces that take an “accommodation” approach.
Monash University and the University of Sydney are the two newcomers to the list. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Six Australian universities make the global top 100 list

Australia had more universities in the top 100 than any other nation, apart from the US and UK.

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