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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is the Best University in Latin America

By Craig O

Updated October 16, 2017 Updated October 16, 2017

This year’s QS Latin America University Rankings have been released, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has been named the best university in Latin America.

The Chilean institution has climbed two places since last year’s ranking to take the number one spot, with last year’s number one university Universidade de São Paulo dropping two places to third. Brazil’s Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) remains in second place.

Brazil and Chile may dominate the top of the rankings but there’s good news elsewhere for Mexico and Argentina. Mexico now has two universities in the top five in the region for the first time, after Tecnológico de Monterrey rose two places to fifth. Argentina’s highest-ranked university, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, has also had a good year, climbing two places to ninth.

10 countries in total are featured in the top 50 this year, while the entire ranking comprises nearly 400 universities. Universities have been assessed on seven different indicators, including the proportion of academic staff qualified to PhD level and their online presence. More information about the methodology can be found here.

The top 10 for the region can be found below, or click here to see this year’s table in full.

QS Latin America University Rankings – Top 10

Rank

Last year

University

Country

1

3

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chile

2

2

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Brazil

3

1

Universidade de São Paulo

Brazil

4

4

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Mexico

5

7

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Mexico

6

6

Universidad de Chile

Chile

7

5

Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

8

8

Universidad de Los Andes Colombia

Colombia

9

11

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Argentina

10

12

UNESP

Brazil

This article was originally published in October 2017 .

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As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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