Top 10: which are the best universities in Latin America?

According to the Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking, these are the 10 best universities in Latinamerica

Top 10: which are the best universities in Latin America?

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a british company which specializes in higher education. Each year, they publish the World University Ranking where they determine the best universities around the world, by evaluating five criteria: research impact and productivity, teaching commitment, employability, online impact, and internationalization.

These top higher education institutions are located in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina

The ranking presents global results and regional results. According to the regional ranking of Latin America, these are the 10 best universities.

1. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.

It was founded on the 21st of june 1888 by the Monsignor Mariano Casanova with the aspiration of creating an institution capable of creating students who are technically and scientifically prepared but are also open to different human realities.

2. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil.

Founded in 1966 in the city of Campinas, it has the goal of becoming a study center of excellence with world class investigations. It offers 66 undergraduate programs in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, among others.

3. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As the biggest university in Brazil and one of the most prestigious in America, it was founded in 1934. Its academic structure is organized in 42 schools, 6 specialized institutions and 4 museums.

4. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.

Founded in 1551, it is the oldest university in North America and also one of the largest with 20 faculties and a student body of 269,000. They also have several campuses across Mexico City and four foreign campuses.

5. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Founded in 1943, it offers various high school, undergraduate and postgraduate programs in medicine, engineering, management, social sciences, arts and humanities. It was ranked 40 in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking of 2017.

6. Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Founded in Santiago de Chile in 1842, it is the oldest university of Chile. It has 14 faculties, 4 interdisciplinary institutes and a clinical hospital.

7. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A public and free university with a great compromise towards research, it has four campuses in Rio de Janeiro and six university centers. It offers 194 undergraduate programs, 117 master’s programs and 91 doctorate programs.

8. Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.

Founded in 1948 by Mario Laserna Pinzón, it is a university with 50,000 square meters of woodland, 163 laboratories and an academic offer of 100 undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It receives an average of 200 international exchange students each semester, and it is located in Bogotá, the capital city.

9. Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina.

Founded in 1821, it is one of the largest universities in Latin America. It has produced four nobel prize laureates, 15 presidents, and Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It offers undergraduate degrees in various areas, from agronomy, to economics, to medicine.

10. Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Brazil.

Founded in 1976 it specializes in scientific, technological, economic, cultural and social development. It receives funding from the state and is the most succesful model of multi-campus university in Brazil.


Latin American Post | Alan Rosas González

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