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Chilean universities among best research universities in the world

Seventeen Chilean universities make the list of the world’s best research centers in latest international ranking.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013  
The exterior of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. Courtesy of  Pontificia Un The exterior of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. Courtesy of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

 

Once again, Chilean universities are showing they can hold their own among the world’s best.  The latest recognition comes as the SCImago Research Group releases its 2013 global report ranking the top research centers and universities around the globe. This year’s list includes 17 Chilean institutes with the Universidad de Chile moving up 100 places in the last couple of years to break into the top 500.

The study looked at all the institutes and universities conducting scientific research around the world, comparing a total of 2,672 institutions. The Universidad de Chile, also known as the “Casa de Bello”, continues to reign supreme within Chile, ranking number one at home and 12th in the region. Following close behind is Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which ranks 18th regionally and made it to 589th in the world. Other Chilean institutions to make the cut include the Universidad de Concepción, the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (Usach) and the Universidad Austral.

The study conducted by SCImago looked at various indicators of research capabilities and success from 2007-2011. Among the many criteria were the total number of papers published in academic journals, international collaboration, impact of studies conducted, and the excellence and leadership in the work.

The Universidad de Chile was proud to see an increase in published academic papers, with their total from the last four years reaching 8,338. They also made strides to increase international collaboration, expanding by 10 percent the institutes work with foreign universities.

The dean of the top-ranked Chilean university, Víctor Pérez, told La Tercera that this latest news validates the work they have been doing. “[These results] again reaffirm the work the top university in Chile has done for 171 years through scientific development of the country, responding to our public campus mission and performing these duties at the highest level,” Pérez said.

Chilean universities have been making waves in several fields of innovation. Earlier this year, the Universidad de Magallanes in Chile’s extreme south won the national award for energy efficiency in 2013 for its work improving the region’s energy consumption. The university has been working to improve the environmental efficiency of both the institution and the local community through new technology and improved education.

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