Chilean universities boast four of the top-ten the spots in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Latin American University Rankings, two more than last year.
The QS ranking put Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica was ranked second and Universidad de Chile came in fourth, the same as in last year’s QS ranking.
Universidad de Concepción was ranked ninth, moving up from its number 12 spot last year, followed by Universidad de Santiago in tenth, moving up 11 from last year’s rank of 21.
One of the more comprehensive rankings for Latin American universities, the QS rankings are based on seven indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, papers per faculty, citations per paper, faculty-student ratio, staff with Ph.D, and web impact.
Among the other top-ranking universities listed are Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo and Universidade Estadual de Campinas in first and third place respectively. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ranked fifth.
While the new rankings shine a positive light on Chile’s more prestigious “traditional” universities, private institutions did not measure up as favorably. The highest-ranked private university in Chile, Universidad de Adolfo Ibañez, did not even make the top 50.
Chile’s student movement has long called for a more equal and affordable higher education system, claiming that the status quo promotes social segregation and profiteering. Tuition costs and student-body makeup were not factored into the QS rankings.