Most prestigious universities in Latin America revealed

Brazil dominates the list of Latin America’s best universities as judged byTimes Higher Education’s Academic Reputation Survey

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Brazil has five of Latin America’s most prestigious universities, with theUniversity of São Paulotopping 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 onTimes Higher Education’s Academic Reputation Surveyindicates 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.

TheUniversity of São Paulotakes top spot in the first-ever reputation-only ranking, with theState University of Campinasin third place and theFederal University of Rio de Janeiroin fifth.

Universidade Federal de São Paulo(6th) and theFederal University of Minas Gerais(9th) also make the top 10, which is based on a survey of more than 10,000 leadingacademicsfrom across the globe.

Outside Brazil, theNational Autonomous University of Mexicotook second place in our Latin America list, with Argentina’sUniversity of Buenos Airesranked fourth.

TheUniversity of Chile(7th) and thePontifical Catholic University of Chile(8th) complete the top 10, alongside Colombia’sUniversidad Nacional de Colombia(10th).

The ranking, published on 26 May, comes ahead ofTHE’s inaugural Latin America SummitatAntonio Narino Universityin 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 ofTHE’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 howTimes Higher Educationshould build a new, bespoke Latin America University Ranking, directly mapped to the missions and priorities of universities in the region,” Mr Baty said.

On thereputationranking, 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”.


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