The best universities in Colombia and Latin America according to the Csic – Education – Life ranking

No Colombian university is among the 10 best in Latin America, according to the most recent ranking of the Cybermetrics Laboratory of the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

The Colombian institution with the best position on the list is the Universidad de Los Andes, which managed to position itself in 12th place in the region and in 555th place worldwide.

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It is worth saying that the CSIC is a ranking that differs significantly in its methodology and results with respect to the three most important measurements in the world (QS Ranking, Times Higher Education and the Shanghai Ranking). Proof of this is that Institutions such as Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, among others, do not top the list worldwide, historically in the highest places.

This is because this publication is compiled from open data sources, in which the presence and visibility on the web are mainly evaluated as indicators of global performance of universities in terms of publications, prestige and citations.

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Instead, traditional measurements measure other aspects such as the employability of students, academic reputation, teacher training, among others.

Thus, the best universities in Latin America according to the CSIC ranking are:

1. National Autonomous University of Mexico (113 worldwide)
2. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (203)
3. Paulista State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho (254)
4. University of Chile (263)
5. University of São Paulo (312)
6. Federal University of Minas Gerais (330)
7. University of Buenos Aires (339)
8. Federal University of Santa Catarina (352)
9. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (394)
10. National University of La Plata (436)

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The best universities in Colombia

For its part, at the national level, the aforementioned University of the Andes was the best rated in the country. It is followed by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in position 30 in the region, and the National University, in place 33.

However, it should be noted that the National was ranked 9th, according to the Academic Impact indicator.

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The 10 best institutions in the country according to the measurement are:

1. Universidad de los Andes Colombia (12 in the region)
2. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (30)
3. National University of Colombia (33)
4. University of Rosario (48)
5. University of the North Barranquilla (50)
6. University of Antioquia (53)
7. ICESI University (74)
8. University of La Sabana (89)
9. Antonio Nariño University (105)
10. EAFIT University (106)


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