In calculating the top universities in Latin America, the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings 2017 use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but they are recalibrated to reflect the qualities of Latin America’s institutions.
The universities are judged across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.
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Brazil is home to the region’s best university – the State University of Campinas. It overtakes previous champion and neighbour, the University of São Paulo. The South American giant is also the most-represented nation in the list, claiming 32 of the 81 places.
However, 20 Brazilian universities have dropped places and just 18 of the country’s representatives make the top 50, down from 23 last year.
Mexico’s performance has also diminished. Of its 13 representatives, six make the top 50, down from eight last year.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica’s sole representative, the University of Costa Rica, has plummeted from the 26-30 band to the 41-45 cohort.
But some countries have improved in the ranking.
Chile has 15 universities in the top 50, up from 11 last year, while Colombia has five in the top 50, up from four, and seven newcomers.
This year’s table ranks 81 institutions, up from 50 last year. These universities come from eight countries, including Argentina and Ecuador for the first time.
Several notable Latin American universities are not ranked due to the fact that they chose not to submit data. Submitting data is entirely free of charge, but institutions that do not supply data cannot appear in our rankings. Click here to read more about why some high-profile institutions are absent from our rankings.
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