General information on ranking

Name of the ranking (in English) El Universal – the Best Universities in Mexico
Name of the ranking (in original) El Universal – Las Mejores Universidades de Mexico
Scope of the ranking specific program ranking, general ranking
Website of the ranking (paid access); (free access)
First year of publication 2007
Most recent year of publication 2021
Date of last update 2023-05-09
Publication frequency annual
Ranking organization El Universal
Methodology website

El Universal Ranking includes two rankings: a general ranking of Mexican HEIs and program rankings. Programs are evaluated in the following 25 areas: Actuarial Science, Administration, Architecture, Biology, Communication and Journalism, Accounting, Law, Graphic Design, Economics, Philosophy, History, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Systems/Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Marketing, Dentistry, Pedagogy, Psychology and International Relations.


Quantitative data collected from HEIs (60%) regarding institutional accreditation, research, and academic staff.

Survey conducted among selected academic staff (20%) – each HEI provides the ranking with a list of professors of which 100 are randomly selected and a questionnaire is sent to them. They evaluate all the participating institutions, except for the one they represent.

Survey conducted among employers (20%) – a random selection of employers is made, obtained from the Directory of Public Sector Officials, the Directory of Public and Private Hospitals, the Directory of Industridata Companies and from a list of contracting former students, provided by the Educational Institutions. 100 respondents are chosen at random in each State, adding a total of 1,700 people interviewed. 


Quantitative data collected from HEIs (70%) regarding information on particular programs offered by the university. Survey conducted among selected academic staff (30%) – for each program, a questionnaire is sent to 100 randomly seleted full-time professors who answer questions evaluating particluar programs in all participating institutions except for the one where they work.

Additional information

  • Main target groups: students and parents, higher education institutions, policy makers, governments and funding agencies
  • Level of comparison: institutional: 42 (general ranking), programs: 25
  • Major dimensions covered: reputation, research, teaching
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