Twelve Argentine universities, including five public universities, have been highlighted among the top 100 most prestigious universities in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the 2024 rankings prepared by consulting firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The University of Buenos Aires (UBA), the best-ranked in the country, ranked ninth.
10 percent of the list of 430 institutions corresponds to Argentine universities (43 institutions), of which 12 increased and 14 decreased, while 17 institutions remained within its scope.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2024: Latin America and the Caribbean, six Argentine universities are in the top 50 in the region.
Behind UBA are the National University of La Plata (UNLP) in 21st place, the Universidad Austral (UA) in 24th place, the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in 35th place, the National University of Cordoba (UNC) in 36th place, and the Universidad de Torcuato de Torcuato in Thirty-fifth place. The University of Tela is in its forty-fifth year and the National University of Rosario is in its sixty-fifth year.
Furthermore, the University of San Andres (UdeSA) ranked 67th, the National University of Cuyo 81st, the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) 93rd, the University of Belgrano (UB) 97th, and the University of Palermo (UP) 100th. In 103rd place are the National University of the Sahel (UNL), the National Technological University (UTN) in 104th place and the National University of San Martin in 105th place.
The ranking evaluates eight indicators grouped into four dimensions of analysis: research, employability, learning experiences, and global commitment.
In this sense, UBA obtains a position “in the top 10 in 4 of the indicators that make up the index: in Academic Reputation it ranks second, in Employer Reputation it ranks third, and in the two indicators Global Commitment (Web Impact and International Research Networks)” in two places. Sixth and ninth, respectively.
UBA President Ricardo Gilpi said: “These results do nothing more than renew our commitment and responsibility as an academic institution. This position we hold reflects the status of a public, free, broad-based and high-quality university.”
In addition, it was ranked first for four of the eight ranking indicators: academic reputation; employer reputation; international research networks; And the impact of the web.
According to the QS Academic Reputation Index, UBA “enjoys exceptional regard among academics and international employers” and “is the second best value university in Latin America and the Caribbean”, after the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
At the regional level, San Pablo University ranked first, dethroning the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which came in second place, while the Brazilian State University of Campinas ranked third.
In terms of class sizes, teaching resources, and teacher-student ratios, a total of 24 universities in Argentina are among the region’s top 100, 15 are among the region’s top 50 – more than any other country – and five are among the region’s top 100 . The report highlighted 20.
In Argentina, the reputation is good among international academics, the teaching resources are exceptional in terms of the number of professors per student, the level of international collaboration in research is high, and there is an effort to produce a “slightly high volume of high-quality studies” – the quality of research “impact” highlights the ranking.
The work also highlights that “the main Argentine universities collaborate extensively in cross-border research” and in this indicator UBA ranks ninth in the international research network, while UNLP and UNC also obtain excellent results, ranking 21st. And 31 in a row.
For its part, the Austral University produces the most influential research in Argentina according to citations per article, and in this field it ranks thirteenth.
UA President Julian Rodriguez emphasized that this university “aims to contribute to society by contributing to the solution of the most urgent and complex problems that require coordination between multiple actors to achieve the common good, avoiding individual responses.”
The work emphasizes that no Argentine university is in the top 50 in the QS measure of research production by volume, “suggesting that research production is a challenge for the country.”
In turn, the University of Torcuato di Tella has an excellent level of specialization of its teaching staff, according to the number of teaching staff with doctoral degrees, and obtains the third highest score in Latin America and the Caribbean in this indicator, often being the University of San Andrés. It is the only other university in the region’s top 50, ranking 49th.
The 2024 edition of QS includes 430 institutions from 25 countries and for the first time Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are represented.
Brazil is the most represented country, with 97 ranked universities, followed by Mexico with 63 and Colombia with 61.
The neighboring country also has the best-trained teachers, according to the number of doctors, and 43 of the top 50 universities in the region are Brazilian.
Likewise, among countries with ten or more ranked universities, Chile is the most popular among international academics, thanks to its “prolific research production and extensive international cooperation.”
Colombia is the Latin American country with the highest number of universities in the top 50 according to the employer reputation scale; The Dominican Republic produces some of the most influential research, based on citations per article, and UNAM has the best reputation in Latin America among international academics.
In the case of Peru, it is the country that offers one of the highest rates of improvement, with a 33% increase in universities and a decrease of only 8%.