Brazil has five of Latin America’s most prestigious universities, with the University of São Paulo topping a new list of the region’s elite higher education institutions.
As attention turns to Rio de Janeiro ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games, the new assessment based on Times Higher Education’s Academic Reputation Survey indicates that Brazil’s universities are the most highly regarded seats of learning in Latin America.
With the exception of one institution in Mexico, the reputation ranking is made up of universities in South America.
The ranking, published on 26 May, comes ahead of THE’s inaugural Latin America Summit at Antonio Narino University in Bogotá, Colombia, in July, where a more comprehensive list of the region’s top 50 universities – based on multiple indicators including teaching, research, industry engagement and international outlook – will be released.
Phil Baty, editor of THE’s World University Rankings, said the summit would also begin a wider debate on how a ranking could be tailored to reflect the particular strengths of universities in Latin America.
“At our inaugural Latin America Summit, we will release a new pilot Latin America university ranking using a wider range of indicators. But more importantly, the summit will see the beginning of a full consultation with sector leaders on how Times Higher Education should build a new, bespoke Latin America University Ranking, directly mapped to the missions and priorities of universities in the region,” Mr Baty said.
On the reputation ranking, Mr Baty said it was good to see so many countries represented among the region’s elite.
“Institutions in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia are all seen among the leaders in the continent,” he said, adding that the data suggest that there is “healthy and positive competition between nations’ flagship institutions, which should help drive up quality across these nations and the region more widely”.
Top 10 most prestigious universities in Latin America 2016
|1||University of São Paulo||Brazil|
|2||National Autonomous University of Mexico||Mexico|
|3||State University of Campinas||Brazil|
|4||University of Buenos Aires||Argentina|
|5||Federal University of Rio de Janeiro||Brazil|
|6||Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)||Brazil|
|7||University of Chile||Chile|
|8||Pontifical Catholic University of Chile||Chile|
|9||Federal University of Minas Gerais||Brazil|
|10||Universidad Nacional de Colombia||Colombia|
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