More details on Latin America from the QS rankings
A post from some time ago noted the new found enthusiasm in Latin America for rankings. This has been borne out by the publication in 2011 and now 2012 of a specific Latin american league table by QS.
The introduction to the table notes that
QS University Rankings: Latin America was published for the first time in 2011, this generated a huge amount of interest, both within the region and further afield.
This is perhaps unsurprising: Latin America is a hugely dynamic, fast-growing continent, that has recently identified higher education as key to its development, yet in global rankings it has mostly been conspicuous by its absence.
As in 2011, the rankings adopt the principles of the QS World University Rankings, augmented with measures of particular regional application.
Academic and employer reputation surveys remain the backbone of our approach, in combination with data on research productivity and citations, student/faculty ratio, the proportion of staff with a PhD, and web presence.
It is an exciting period for Latin American universities, with the growth in scientific research, increased for higher education, increased student mobility and the rise of private universities all accelerating the pace of change.
This year’s rankings help further our understanding of the comparative performance of universities throughout the region.
They also shine a light on pockets of development that have previously been beyond the scope of international rankings.
So the top 20 from QS is as set out below (full details can be found here). And whilst the top institution here, the Universidade de São Paulo, is ranked at 139 in the world in the latest QS table the general trend seems to be an upward one.
1 Universidade de São Paulo – Brazil
2 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Chile
3 Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) – Brazil
4 Universidad de Chile – Chile
5 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – Mexico
6 Universidad de los Andes – Colombia
7 Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) – Mexico
8 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
9 Universidad de Concepción – Chile
10 Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) – Chile
11 Universidad de Buenos Aires – Argentina
12 Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Colombia
13 Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – Brazil
14 Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS) – Brazil
15 Universidade Federal de São Paulo – Brazil
16 Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) – Mexico
17 Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP) – Brazil
18 Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
19 Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) – Mexico
20 Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires – UCA – Argentina