Best universities in Latin America 2017

The Times Higher Education (THE) released on Thursday the results of their Latin America University Rankings 2017. This ranking is published as higher education is developing rapidly across the Latin American region. THE reports that the proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds across Latin America and the Caribbean who are enrolled in higher education has almost doubled in the past decade, rising from 21 per cent in 2000 to 40 per cent in 2010, according to a recent report from the World Bank.

This ranking used the same 13 calibrated performance indicators used in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but they are recalibrated to reflect the qualities of Latin America’s institutions.

The universities are judged across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. 

For this edition, a total of 81 Latin American universities were evaluated, of which, the Top 10 are:

  1. State University of Campinas
  2. University of São Paulo
  3. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
  4. University of Chile
  5. University of the Andes
  6. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
  7. Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
  8. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  9. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
  10. National Autonomous University of Mexico

This year, the Tecnológico de Monterrey climbed two positions in the ranking, placing itself in the 6th place of the list. Consolidating as the number 1 university in Mexico. 

"We are pleased with the results of this ranking. We are convinced that developing the talent for our country is the best way to contribute to making the quantum leap to migrate to the knowledge economy and to do this, we need more and better universities," said Salvador Alva, President of Tecnológico de Monterrey.

"By scaling two places and consolidating as the number one university in Mexico, we reaffirm our commitment to developing leaders who bring the changes our society needs for the benefit of all Mexicans. Congratulations," he added. 

Brazil dominates the region’s higher education landscape, claiming 32 of the 81 places on the list with Brazil’s State University of Campinas as the top university in Latin America. 

For more information about the ranking and to browse the full list of institutions in this year’s Latin America rankings, visit THE website