18 January 2018

The latest edition of the ranking of Chilean universities by Gea Universitas and the newspaper El Mercurio was published on 21 December. Altogether 46 institutions were ranked.

Universities were divided into four groups and rankings were published for each group in addition to a general ranking.

The methodology consisted of four dimensions: quality of students  measured by admission test scores and secondary school grades (15% weighting for the general ranking), faculty quality, measured by percentage of full time faculty and those with PhDs (25% weighting),  teaching quality measured by faculty student ratio, student retention and accreditation (40% weighting), and quality of institutional management, measured by institutional and career accreditation and operating income per student (20% weighting).

An article in University World News by Maria Elena Hurtado noted that the rankings show the growing importance of research and the significance role of private institutions in Chilean higher education.

The top five universities in the general ranking are:

  1. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  2. Universidad de Chile
  3. Universidad de Concepción
  4. Universidad del Bio-Bio
  5. Universidad Austral de Chile.

The top five research universities are:

  1. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  2. Universidad de Chile
  3. Universidad de Concepción
  4. Universidad Austral de Chile
  5. Universidad de Talca.

The top five teaching universities are:

  1. Universidad Adventista de Chile
  2. Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez
  3. Universidad Tecnológica de Chile
  4. Universidad Viña del Mar
  5. Universidad Academia Humanismo Christiano.

Sources:
El Mercurio
University World News

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