This morning the results of the new edition of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) were released and there was bad news for Argentine universities. The nine local study houses, which are among the top 2,000, slipped in terms of the year’s rankings.
One of CWUR, based in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the reference classifications in the higher education sector. In the 2021 edition, a decrease in the performance of Argentine universities was already reflected, which is now re-checked in the 2022 ranking.
The University of Buenos Aires remained the leading university at the national level, despite losing nine positions in the overall ranking. Regionally, it is ranked fifth and is consolidated as the only Argentine institution in the top ten in Latin America.
This year, CWUR measured 19,788 universities to compile a list of the top 2,000 universities in the world, belonging to 96 different countries. The nine Argentine universities ranked public. There are no private institutions. The startling fact was that they all gave up some positions and even the National University of Tucumán was excluded from the rankings in this edition.
CWUR President Dr. Nadim Mahasin explained to Infobae Reason for the decline: “Although the best universities in Argentina provide quality education and training to their students, The main factor in the decline of institutions in the ranking is research performance, amid intense global competition, with well-funded institutions.”
Unlike the QS ranking, based in Great Britain, in which Argentine universities get better positions, CWUR weights primarily search. Do not take into account the polls. It ranks colleges on four scales that result in a number between 0 and 100:
1) Education (25%): Based on the academic success of university graduates. They measure it by the number of graduates who have received significant privileges.
2) Employment (25%)They weigh the graduates’ professional success by filling a number of senior executive positions they hold in the world’s largest companies.
3) Teachers (10%): It is measured by the number of professors with important academic privileges.
4) Research (40%): It takes various indicators such as the number of articles published by the university, the number of papers among the most prestigious journals and citations received from these investigations.
Mahasen insisted on the need to promote research in national universities. If a country aspires to increase its competitiveness on the world stage, it should invest more in education and research. As research is a key factor in measuring the performance of institutions against their peers around the world, universities in Argentina will find it increasingly difficult to compete with the elite universities of the future.”careful.
Due to the weight that the publication of articles represents in the ranking, it is difficult for private universities, with less research traditions, to be included in this rating. On other lists that prioritize the opinion of employers, they tend to score better placements.
at the regional level, Brazil was by far the most powerful country. Within the top ten, it placed six universities (Universities of Sao Paulo, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, State of Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul and Minas Gerais), five of which have improved their position compared to last year. then continue Chili pepper With two institutions (Catholic University and University of Chile) and Mexico With one (UNAM) like Argentina.