Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador ( Ecuador) PUCE Among The 100 Best Universities In Latin America

The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) was ranked among the 100 best universities in Latin America, according to the QS Latin America University Rankings 2023 . This is one of the most important classifications of the quality of the higher education system in the region.

In 2022, PUCE climbed 23 positions compared to the previous year, reaching 93rd place among Latin American universities. With this score, it ranks among the best universities in the country and the region, it was reported at the QS Higher Ed Summit: Americas 2022 .

The QS University Ranking Latin America , which has been published for 11 years, evaluates eight indicators for the classification of universities at the regional level. Among these, the Academic Reputation and Reputation among Employers stand out, as well as the number of teachers per student and indexes related to research.

For the 2023 edition, 428 Latin American universities from 20 countries were analyzed .

Recognition for improvement

In the framework of the QS Higher Ed Summit: Americas 2022, PUCE also received an award in the ‘QS Latin America Rankings: Recognition of Improvement’ category. These awards distinguish the excellence of universities in five categories: Improvement Recognition, Research Excellence, Reputational Impact, New Entrants, Top 10.

“Moving up in a QS ranking is not only a reflection of having improved in individual abilities, but of having advanced in relation to their peers. This involves reputation, research, and the ability to attract and retain international students and faculty. All of this takes time and this certificate is recognition of your efforts to achieve it ,” explains Drew MacFarlane, QS Rankings Manager .

The QS Latin America Rankings: Recognition of Improvement certificate is awarded to institutions that have demonstrated significant improvement in this listing , based on average ranking improvement.

QS Award Ceremony

Doctor Fernando Ponce, SJ, receiving QS Recognition
Why is PUCE one of the best universities in the country and in Latin America?
Ranking 56th at the regional level, the PUCE registers the best qualification in academic reputation in the country. This metric assesses the quality of teaching and research work.

This indicator is supported by the almost 76 years of history of the university. PUCE has more than 26,000 students and 2,254 teachers, 11.5% of them with Ph.D. , cut off in May 2022, according to Ignatius , the internal statistical system.

In addition, being the first private university in Ecuador, we have 10 campuses and seven locations nationwide. More than 65,000 professionals have graduated from our classrooms. Many of them today are prominent figures in culture, politics, and science.

The contribution of the PUCE to the country
We constantly make contributions to scientific research in Ecuador, leading the development of biological sciences. In this context we created the first Health Research Center in Latin America (CISeAL) .

We are pioneers in the studies of the Yasuní and the tropical forests of the Cuyabeno , having as main object of analysis the biodiversity of the country. We have described more than 100 species of flora and fauna in recent years.

Likewise, we are part of the Yasuní Scientific Station , one of the three most productive scientific stations in specialized academic publications in the Amazon basin and one of the most important in Latin America.

Finally, we find ourselves in a period of structural and academic transformation. Within this framework, we implemented PUCE INNOVA , our new academic offer that responds to the needs of society with innovative methodologies. With careers such as: Bioengineering , Data Science , PUCE ICAM (Integral Engineering) and Biomedical Sciences , among others.

In the QS World University Rankings 2023 global ranking , published in June 2022, PUCE was ranked as one of the top 1,000 universities in the world.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world leader in services, analysis and information on the global higher education sector. Its World University Rankings is the world’s leading source of comparative data on university performance.

Being more, to serve better is the Ignatian maxim that will continue to guide us to leave a mark on each of our graduates and, through them, on the country and the world.