Los Andes: the fourth best university in Latin America

Los Andes University

According to the prestigious QS World Ranking Latin America 2020, Los Andes ascended to fourth place and shares top spots with two other universities that form ‘the trio’.

The Universidad de los Andes has ascended one place in the rankings and is now located in fourth place in Latin America on the QS rankings 2020. This is the highest place that Los Andes has achieved in the ranking created by the prestigious British firm Quacquarelli Symonds.

Of the eight criteria evaluated by the ranking, the Universidad de los Andes stands out in areas such as employer reputation, having been awarded 99.9 out of a possible 100 points, as well as its academic reputation, which was awarded 99.3 points. These are the two highest ranked indicators.

The QS ranking analyses eight criteria, and each one is awarded the following percentage: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%) faculty to student ratio (10%), number of professors with a PhD (10%), citations per paper (10%), number of scientific publications per faculty (5%), international research network (10%), and web impact (5%).

One of the criteria that improved in the 2020 rankings was publications per faculty. This indicator seeks to determine the average number of scientific publications contributed by professors and evaluate the productivity of the research institutions. This year, the university was awarded 92.2 points.

Los Andes was awarded 97.5 points for the web impact indicator, which evaluates the effectiveness with which institutions are making use of new technologies.

The university also improved in terms of the faculty to student ratio (51.7 points) and citations per paper (88.5 points).

The top five ranked universities in Latin America include the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (first place), the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico (third place), and the Universidad de Los Andes (fourth place); together these are ‘La Tríada’: a collaborative alliance between the three highest ranked non-government non-profit universities in Latin America. The other top-five universities are the Universidade de São Paulo (second place) and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (fifth place), which are both public universities in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.

QS World University Rankings Latin America has been published since 2011. The method uses key indicators from the world ranking and also considers a set of performance metrics that have been specifically designed for the region. The 2020 version evaluated four-hundred Latin American universities, including 57 Colombian universities.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British firm that was founded in 1990 and specializes in education and studying abroad. It has been compiling the World University Rankings since 2004 as well as regional rankings (Asia, Latin America, Arab region, EECA, and the BRICS countries).


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