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Top 10 Universities of Latin America (II)

Top 10 Universities of Latin America (II)

Posted by José Peralta on May 22, 2015

In the second edition about Latin American Universities (here the First Edition), PanamericanWorld gives you its ranking of the best five institutions of the entire continent.

Besides the quality of their scientific articles, the development of their research departments, the academic level of its professors and their educational proposals, these universities shine because they have something more: they are the biggest influence in their respective cities (some in their countries, even). They are a massive cultural engine and the heart that generates much of what happens in the region. Ladies and gentleman, here you have the five most important universities:

#5 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, also known as the University of Brazil, is the biggest tertiary of the biggest country of Latin America. It has 55,000 students, but the level of its publications and investigations goes beyond the frontiers of its campus and beyond Brazil, which puts it as one of the best five.

The Federal University is recognized as one of the main research and teaching centres of the country, especially because there’s where the best professors are, according to specialists. If you are a student looking for a good education, there is a place here that makes learning Portuguese, totally worth it.

#4 Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

The University of the Andes in Bogota is one of the smallest in terms of student body in the ranking, with 17,000 students between undergrad and grad school.

But don’t let its size fool you: this private centre has been improving its level of excellence for more than 60 consecutive years, in investigation, teaching and in the quality of the published works by its different faculties.

It has nine faculties, 31 undergraduate programs, 15 doctorates, 39 specializations and 39 masters. But what makes it so prestigious is the fact that for that amount of programs, it has more than 15,000 professors from which the 65% of them have a doctorate degree. Don’t be amazed, because they always are at the top of the students’ rankings.

#3 Autonomous University of Mexico

The UNAM (for its acronym in Spanish) doesn’t need an introduction. It is if not the most, one of the most famous universities in Latin America. This Mexican public university has become what it is by offering a massive educational proposal that today gathers 330,000 students. It is among the 30 most famous in the world. Its origins go back to the sixteenth century when its predecessor was the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico.

A public university, the UNAM is among the best 100 universities of the world according to specialized rankings. Its biggest strengths are their professorship and its research, but it is also considered one of the main cultural centres of Mexico.

#2 Catholic University of Chile

To many, today this is the best university of the continent. The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, known as “The Catholic” directly depends on the Vatican.

It is the main centre of academic production in Chile, with 31 academic units. It offers 312 programs of study and it is especially prestigious for anyone trying to study something related to management, businesses and business administration.

To get into private universities, students must be granted admission. Numbers speak by themselves: in 2012 The Catholic enrolled more than 60% of the best national scores.

#1 University of Sao Paolo (USP)

The USP is different from the others in many ways. It reached the number one spot in every prestigious academic ranking years ago, and it didn’t leave its throne until this year where the QS moved it to the second place.

However, in absolute terms this public university of Brazil is still the queen of the area.  It is “THE” place to study at, and the place to get the best education there is. It has 75,000 students distributed in eleven campuses, and from its classrooms not only the best professors and doctors come out, but also the biggest quantities of them in both professions, in the world.

It is responsible for half of the scientific production of Sao Paolo and of 25% of Brazil’s. In 108 of history, ten of the Brazilians president graduated from this university, and 53 ministers of the Supreme Federal Court too.

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