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The list of the best universities in 2018 appeared from The QS Latin America University Rankings. It features 400 of the region’s top universities. There is a special methodology, which assesses the performance of each university in seven indicators and uses five basic criteria. The last ones are internationalization, teaching commitment, online impact, and since the 2017 edition, research impact and productivity, employability.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC)
This year the highest-ranked university in Latin America is Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). One of the oldest universities in the region has already reached the first position in 2014, although, last year it was only in the third place. The university was founded in 1888 and it is also one of the six Catholic universities in Chile. UC enrolled almost 29,000 students in total. It has four campuses in Santiago, the capital city, and one in Villarrica, southern Chile. Currently, UC ranks within the top 50 universities in the world to study religious studies, law, education, agriculture, art & design, communication & media studies and more.
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)
The second position in 2018 is taken by the Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) which is located in the city of Sao Paulo. An interesting fact is that this city was ranked among the top 100 cities for students in the QS Best Student Cities 2017. Having been founded in 1966 this university is one of the youngest in this top list. It gets the best scores in entire Latin America for such indicators as a measure of a university’s research impact and faculty member. The university is also featured within the world’s top 50 universities to study law, agriculture and forestry.
Universidade de São Paulo
Located also in Brazil, Universidade de São Paulo (USP) took the third place in 2018. The university was founded in 1934, it has 11 campuses with the enrollment of approximately 95,000 students. Four of the campuses are in the city of Sao Paulo. USP earned the reputation of one of the most prestigious universities because of its first index for web impact.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has always been the highest-ranked university in Mexico, this year it is ranked fourth in Latin America. The university successfully got the highest score in the whole index for academic reputation. It is world-known because of its main campus Ciudad Universitaria(University City), which was built in the 1950s in a collaborative architectural design and was named the UNESCO World Heritage in 2017. The student enrollment is huge – about 346,730. There are some other campuses in Mexico City and beyond.
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (you can also see Tec de Monterrey or just ITESM) won two places from the previous year and occupies the fifth position in the ranking table of 2018. The main campus of ITESM is located in Monterrey, although, there are also 31 campuses across 25 Mexican cities. The total enrollment is more than 98,000 students. Currently, Tec de Monterrey is ranked within the world’s top 50 for art & design and business & management.
Universidad de Chile
One of the oldest universities in Chile, Universidad de Chile located in the city of Santiago, retains its sixth position in Latin America this year. It was founded in 1842, and nowadays the university has five campuses with about 40,500 students enrolled. Twenty of Chilean presidents and two Noble Prize winners graduated from Universidad de Chile. It is also ranked as the tenth best university in the world to study mineral and mining engineering.
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Our next stop is Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) which takes the seventh place this year. Originally, UFRJ was founded as the Royal Academy of Artillery, Fortification, and Design in 1792, and after around a century in 1920 it gained the official status of a higher education institution. The university, behind many courses, is responsible for several hospitals, research institutions, and museums throughout Rio de Janeiro.
Universidad de Los Andes Colombia
Universidad de Los Andes Colombia (is also well-known as Uniandes) retaining its eighth place in Latin America this year, achieves the highest score for employer reputation. It is located in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, and in 1948 was presented as the first non-sectarian university in the country. Uniandes is famous for a record number of international students (232), now has the enrollment of around 19,000 students.
Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)
Being new in the top 10 in 2018, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), is ranked for Academic Reputation and Employer. It is one of the largest universities in Latin America, with the total enrollment of 120,000 students. There are several Argentinian presidents, notable leaders, for example, Che Guevara and some Noble Prize Winners.
Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP
The last position in our top 10 is obtained by the Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, UNESP. The university founded in 1976, nowadays is one of the most important universities in Brazil. UNESP has 23 campuses with the main campus in Sao Paulo.