Last updated: 12:39 / Thursday, 29 May 2014
Chile and Brazil, on top

Pontificia UC de Chile Tops this Year's QS University Rankings for Latin America

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Pontificia UC de Chile Tops this Year's QS University Rankings for Latin America
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (UC) has overtaken Brazil's Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) to top "QS University Rankings: Latin America" for the first time
  • USP slips to second place, having ranked first every year since 2011
  • Brazil and Chile have strengthened their dominance this year, with Mexico, Argentina and Colombia struggling to keep up

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (UC) has overtaken Brazil's Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) to top QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) University Rankings: Latin America for the first time. USP slips to second, having ranked first every year since 2011.

Whereas USP is the top institution for research productivity, UC is well ahead when it comes to citations. UC has also improved its student/faculty ratio and web impact this year. To view the complete ranking use this link.

  

QS University Rankings: Latin America - Top 10

 

2014

2013

Institution

Country

RANK

RANK

  

1

2

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

CHILE

2

1

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO (USP)

BRAZIL

3

3

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS (UNICAMP)

BRAZIL

4

8

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO

BRAZIL

5

4

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES COLOMBIA

COLOMBIA

6

5

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

CHILE

7

7

TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY (ITESM)

MEXICO

8

6

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA

DE MEXICO (UNAM)

MEXICO

9

11

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA

"JULIO DE MESQUITA FILHO"

BRAZIL

10=

10

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS

BRAZIL

10=

14

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL

BRAZIL

 

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Brazil and Chile have strengthened their dominance this year, with Mexico, Argentina and Colombia struggling to keep up. Brazil has three of the top four institutions and 10 of the top 20, while 16 of the 20 leading Chilean universities have improved their position.

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) slips two places to 8th, falling behind Tecnologico de Monterrey for the first time.  Despite being rated number one for academic reputation, UNAM has comparatively modest scores in several other indicators.

Argentina's Universidad de Buenos Aires drops seven places to 19th, having ranked 8th in 2011. Buenos Aires is the region's most popular institution among graduate employers, but like UNAM suffers from a comparatively poor student/faculty ratio and low proportion of staff with a PhD.

Seven of the top 10 Colombian universities have dropped, with Universidad de Los Andes Colombia slipping to fifth and Universidad Nacional de Colombia dropping five places to 14th.

"Universities from Mexico, Argentina and Colombia excel in specific areas, but they currently lack the all-round consistency of the top institutions from Brazil and Chile," says QS head of research Ben Sowter. "High student-to-faculty ratios are an issue at several major public research institutions throughout the region."

18 countries are represented, led by Brazil with 78, ahead of Mexico (46), Colombia (41), Argentina (34) and Chile (30).

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