Three other Colombian universities are also in the top-20 in the region: the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (10th), the Universidad de Antioquia (15 th), and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (17 th).
The QS rankings analyzes eight criteria: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), teacher/ student ratio (10%), number of teaching staff with a PhD (10%), citations per publication (10%), number of publications per professor (5%), the international research network (10%), and web impact (5%). The average score for all of these elements evaluated was 95.7/ 100.
On a regional level, employer reputation was the strongest indicator for the Universidad de los Andes with 99.9/100. Academic reputation also stood out with 99.3/ 100, as did international research network with 97.8/ 100.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British company established in 1990 and a global higher education network. Since 2004, it has ranked universities on a global as well as regional level (Asia, Latin America, the Arab States, EECA countries, and the BRIC countries) by subject areas, by employability, by student cities, etc.
For the Latin American rankings, QS measures universities in the region using surveys, primary sources and tools as well as secondary information to create a ranking of the best 300 institutions, which are ranked according to the weight of the indicators.
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