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QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015

Brazilian universities triumph in QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015

London, 9 June 2015: Universidade de São Paulo (USP) tops the fifth edition of the
QS University Rankings: Latin America  followed by Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP).
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), who led the rankings last year, slips to third place.

Nine of the top 10 institutions for research productivity are Brazilian.
However, Brazil underperforms in the research impact indicator where its best university -Universidade Federal de São Paulo – ranks 15th.

2015

2014

Top 10 Institutions

1

2

UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO

2

3

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS

3

1

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE

4

6

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

5

4

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO

6

8

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTÓNOMA DE MÉXICO (UNAM)

7

5

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES COLOMBIA

8

9

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA "JÚLIO DE MESQUITA FILHO"

9

7

TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY

10

17

UNIVERSIDADE DE BRASILIA

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2014-2015 www.Topuniversities.com

 

Most of the region’s top universities are regarded with approval by both academics and employers around the world. USP, UC, Universidad de Chile, UNAM and Universidad de Buenos Aires achieve perfect scores in our global surveys of scholarly and recruiter opinion. Universidad National de Colombia (13th) also achieves the maximum score in these criteria.

Brazil and Chile continue to dominate this ranking with Mexico, Argentina and Colombia struggling to keep up. Argentina boasts three universities among the top 20 but nearly half of its ranked institutions lose ground this year. Mexico’s UNAM regains its leading position nationally followed by Tecnológico de Monterrey, both among the top 10. While 42% of the Mexican ranked universities improve their position, 37% lose ground.

Of the top -ten Colombian Universities, half have dropped, with Universidad de Los Andes Colombia slipping to seventh position. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (19th) breaks into the top 20 while 80% of the Peruvian universities gain ground.

Costa Rica boasts three universities among the Top 100 led by Universidad de Costa Rica (21st). Venezuela has four, led by Universidad Central de Venezuela (32nd) while Ecuador and Uruguay have two apiece.

“Universities from Mexico, Argentina and Colombia excel in specific areas, but they still 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."

20 countries are represented among the Top 300, led by Brazil with 79, ahead of Mexico (47), Colombia (41), Argentina (36) Chile (30) and Peru (16).


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