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Latin America’s Top Ranked Universities

Warren R. Carter | 22.11.2016

Being better aware of the region’s education system will make for more informed decisions in the hiring and talent acquisition process.

We recently posted excerpts of Times Higher Education’s (THE) global ranking of universities with a focus on employability. Given our strengths for recruiting in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, we would be remiss if we didn’t publish how THE ranks Latin America’s top universities.

Many multinational organizations have entered or are in the process of entering the Latin American market for the first time and as such their hiring managers struggle to find substantive data with which to measure the education system. Being better aware of the region’s education system will make for more informed decisions in the hiring and talent acquisition process. THE’s ranking system will be instrumental in advancing that cause and we look forward to reporting on that as more data becomes available.

While the region’s universities struggle to compete on a global scale, THE shows that universities from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico are making significant headways in bridging that gap.

THE made some adjustments to their methodology to reflect the unique characteristics of Latin American universities but otherwise used the same methodology as that used in their World University Rankings. They measured standards of excellence in teaching, research, research influence, industry income and international outlook.

The Top Ten Universities in Latin America as of 2016 are:

In terms of the Top 50 ranked universities in Latin America, it’s important to note that Brazil was the overall leader with 23 universities, Chile was in the #2 spot with 11 universities and Mexico was #3 with 8 universities making it into the Top 50 ranking.

Mexico’s universities ranking in THE’s Top 50 Latin American rankings were as follows:

Source: Times Higher Education (THE)


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