20 July 2017

Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the second edition of their Latin American university rankings.

This year’s winner is the State University of Campinas, Brazil, which pushes the University of São Paulo, also in Brazil, into second place. Eight countries and 81 institutions are represented in the rankings of which 32 are from Brazil, 15 from Chile and 13 from Mexico. There are two universities from Argentina in the table this year although the University of Buenos Aires, along with some other prominent Latin American institutions, is still absent.

The methodology uses the same indicators as the world rankings with some adjustments. Specialist institutions, those with insufficient publications and those that do not provide undergraduate teaching are excluded. The 30% weighting given for citations in THE’s world university rankings has been reduced to 20% while that for Teaching (five indicators) has been increased to 36% and for Research (three indicators) to 34%. The weightings for International Orientation, 7.5%, and Industry Income, 2.5%. remain the same as in the world rankings.

The top five universities are:

  1. State University of Campinas, Brazil
  2. University of Säo Paulo, Brazil
  3. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  4. University of Chile
  5. University of the Andes, Colombia.

Looking at the various indicators, the top scorers are:

Research; University of SäoPaulo, Brazil

Teaching; University of Säo Paulo, Brazil

Citations; University of San Francisco Quito, Ecuador

International Outlook; Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico

Industry income; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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