Argentina (University of Buenos Aires) Highlighted again in the QS Latin American Ranking
According to the QS Latin American ranking, the University of Buenos Aires ranked again in the top 10 as one of the best Latin American universities, climbed to position Nº 8 at a regional level.
As happened with other rankings and international assessments, UBA had set a sustained growth in the Latin American Ranking since 2014, when it had placed in position Nº 19. Since then and considering its current position, UBA, a flagship of the Argentinean higher education, moved forward more than 11 positions: 15º in 2015, 11º in 2016 and 9º in 2017.
Prof. Dr. Alberto BARBIERI, Rector of the University of Buenos Aires, ensures that ‘this represents the consolidation of an educational policy on the basis of four fundamental pillars that explains the evolution of the UBA largely in the international rankings: the updating of the study programs, the integration of new technologies to the teaching-learning process, the strength of the research capacities, mainly in those strategic areas for the country and, also, the development of the international integration of the University’.
At a national level, UBA is the only Argentinean University which is ranked in the regional top 10 and one of the few who improve its result in a context where most of the Argentinean Higher Education Institutions retreated from its position the year before. The second to appear is the Universidad de Torcuato Di Tella (24º), followed by the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (26º), the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (29º), the Universidad Austral (32º) and the Universidad de San Andrés (40º).
The trend towards a constant improvement that UBA shows in this assessment is consistent with what it is observed in the other international assessment in which participates. Thus, in the Global QS Ranking, the UBA climbed from 209 in 2014 to the current position in 2018. This reflects a growth of 136 positions, in which prevail a spirit of leadership at a regional level in cooperation with related institutions such as the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
For Prof. Dr. Alberto BARBIERI ‘this is a message for the entire Argentina ruling class. The University and the scientific system require a continuous increase in investment to maintain its level of excellence and, particularly, UBA requires it to keep creating a leverage effect over the rest of the higher education system in Argentina’.
The Latin American QS Ranking assess the most prominent and influential disciplinary fields of Higher Education of all over the world, with the aim of providing the academic community a detail report of every University. With a different methodology from the Global QS Ranking, it is based on four pillars: research, quality of teaching, business reputation and internationalization. For this, the study is based on the analysis of six indicators: academic reputation, reputation among entrepreneurs, a ratio of students to teacher, citations per school and the proportion of international students and academics.