Two universities in Chile were ranked among the top ten in Latin America, according to The Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings that rates the 500 best universities throughout the world.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile took third place and Universidad de Chile came in eighth in the Latin American ranking led by Universidad Autónoma de México, an institution that placed 190th in the world rating. Universidad de Sao Paulo de Brasil came in second and was ranked 207 internationally.
The study highlighted that Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) “has been at the forefront of research and academic programs that have substantially influenced the country’s cultural and scientific development”. In addition, the study stated that the university has achieved a series of inventions in the fields of chemistry, engineering and medicine. UC came in 277 in the world ranking led by Harvard University for the second year in a row.
Universidad de Chile was ranked 343 on the global list. “It is one of the leading universities in the Americas and one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Chile”, according to the study.
The ranking considers academic institutions from over 20 countries throughout the world. Generally speaking, Latin American universities scored lower than former years, mainly due to the growing stature of Asian educational establishments.