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Surprising Facts about the BRICS Countries


Did you know that the BRICS acronym stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, in recognition of the shared socio-economic characteristics of these five major emerging national economies? Since 2013, the annual QS University Rankings: BRICS has highlighted the top universities in the five BRICS countries, making it possible to compare their performance on eight key indicators.

Whether you come from a BRICS country, plan to study in one, or you’re simply interested in the group, scroll down for some surprising facts you probably didn’t know.



Infographic by Georgia Philippou for TopUniversities.com.

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Written by Sofia Konstantzou
Sofia formerly worked for QS's social media team. She holds a Master of Arts in Brands, Communication and Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is originally from Athens, Greece.

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