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Welcome to the Hub, a repository for content relating to the summit theme of ‘Universities for the public good: reasserting the value of higher education post-pandemic ‘. It features content of particular interest to participants wanting to prepare for their attendance at the Latin American Universities Summit 2020.

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THE Latin America University Rankings 2020: Covid comparisons

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the approaches that different nations have taken towards public health, scientific expertise and investment in research. In Latin America this is no different.

July 7th, 2020
THE Latin America University Rankings 2020: universities prove their value

It has not been an easy year for universities in Latin America. The shock of Covid-19 has forced a re-evaluation of higher education, writes Ellie Bothwell.

July 7th, 2020
THE Latin America University Rankings 2020: results announced

Chilean university leads regional ranking for the second year. Browse the THE Latin America University Rankings 2020 results.

July 7th, 2020
Latin America University Rankings 2020: methodology

The THE World University Rankings performance indicators are the heart of the Latin America University Rankings, but we give them some adjustments to take account of the area’s unique characteristics.

June 29th, 2020
What might Covid-19 mean for the World University Rankings?

The roll-out of the next THE  rankings methodology will be delayed, but the pandemic’s potential impact on the results of the league tables is less clear, says Duncan Ross.

April 30th, 2020


Will Covid-19 trigger a new model of higher education in Latin America?

The pandemic drove learning worldwide into the digital sphere, but Latin America’s universities have responded slowly. Ellie Bothwell asks if the crisis will prompt the region to overcome the barriers to progress.

July 7th, 2020
Argentina must capitalise on window of opportunity for teaching reform

The rapid shift to online learning could threaten the survival of some institutions, but others could build on it to introduce teaching innovations, says Ana Fanelli.

July 6th, 2020
Chile’s Covid-19 response displays importance of collaboration

Covid-19 and its repercussions have highlighted the role of universities and academics in helping to shape public policies for the benefit of society. Institutions and scholars must serve society, and PUCP was more than willing to join efforts to tackle the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

July 3rd, 2020
Reasserting universities’ value will be focus of Latin America summit

Virtual event will explore how to better recognise institutions’ socio-economic contributions to region and mark launch of THE’s Latin America University Rankings 2020.

June 22nd, 2020
We must seize the chance to enhance internationalisation in higher education

As the president of a university where ‘crossing borders is in our DNA’, Fernando León Garcia urges institutions to ensure that new e-mobility programmes are more than just a pale reflection of study abroad.

June 3rd, 2020
Latin American universities ‘facing greatest crisis in decades’

A survey of 88 senior academics and administrators at 52 institutions in Latin America finds widespread predictions of enrolment decline, budget cuts and concerns over lack of preparation for online education.

June 2nd, 2020
Covid-19 can improve societal understanding of universities’ role

A few months ago, it would have been hard to believe that research-based knowledge at the forefront of science would soon become an everyday topic of conversation. Policymakers, civil society and industry can all benefit from more open science, say Åse Gornitzka and Svein Stølen.

May 23rd, 2020
Universities must be at the forefront of creating new meaning post-pandemic

The global pandemic of Covid-19 has undermined our view of the world in substantial and profound ways. The new social order will require thought leadership, free enquiry and interdisciplinarity, says Susan Lea.

May 23rd, 2020
Coronavirus shifting public perception of science in Brazil

Covid-19 has helped improve the public perception of universities in Brazil, according to a leading vice-chancellor, who added that the pandemic had led to “a turning point” in science engagement. Universities are steering the country’s response to Covid-19 in the absence of political leadership, which is helping citizens value higher education.

May 6th, 2020

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