The UBA remained in the top 10 in Latin America: how did the other Argentine universities fare

The new Zero + Infinity building of the Faculty of Exact Sciences (Photo: Adrián Escándar)
The new Zero + Infinity building of the Faculty of Exact Sciences (Photo: Adrián Escándar)

The University of Buenos Aires achieved a prominent position in another international ranking. According to the regional classification prepared year after year by the British consulting firm QS, the UBA fell one position but remained in the top 10 in Latin America. The rest of the Argentine study houses had uneven performance.

Specific, the UBA was located in the ninth regional position. Due to methodological differences, the university fares better in the global ranking -where it ranks number 1 in Latin America- than in the regional ranking. In this report it is positioned below, for example, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the University of San Pablo and the University of Chile, who lead the table.

The success of the UBA in the rankings is based on the perfect scores obtained in the indicators of academic reputation and employer reputation, “which underscores the extraordinary esteem held by both the global academic community and hiring managers around the world,” according to the report. The UBA also stands out in research: it is the Argentine institution with the greatest international collaboration, with a score of 98/100.

In this regard, the new rector of the UBA, Ricardo Gelpi, remarked: “Being recognized by QS and other institutions that highlight our contribution to scientific research at a regional and global level creates a great responsibility for us. It also fills us with pride and reaffirms the idea that we are on the right path, when we talk about encouraging it among the students of all our faculties”.

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For his part, the Vice Chancellor Emiliano Yacobitti He stressed: “Being among the best universities in the region every year, and also at a global level, is a reward for the work we do every day. This forces us to improve ourselves and also to increase both the levels of investment in science and education, as well as to broaden the horizon of our desires and objectives”.

The rector Ricardo Gelpi and the vice-rector Emiliano Yacobitti
The rector Ricardo Gelpi and the vice-rector Emiliano Yacobitti

As negative side, the UBA decreased in 3 indicators, especially in the metric of citations per articlewhich according to QS reflects a broader trend of falling research impact among Argentine universities.

“UBA highlights this potential with consistently strong results year after year, underpinned by outstanding levels of international renown among both academics and employers. Nevertheless, Argentina’s excellence is often overshadowed by the success of its continental competitors”, he explained Ben SowerSenior Vice President of QS.

Brazil remains the leader in the region. Of the 428 classified institutions, 98 are Brazilian. Mexico follows with 64 and Colombia with 62. Among the countries with more than ten universities in the ranking, Chile and Brazil are the ones that improved the most, with 30% and 23.5% of their institutions rising respectively.

The performance of Argentine universities

Argentina boasts 43 universities in the ranking, the fourth highest number among Latin American countries. Of them, 8 improved, 11 fell and 24 maintained their position compared to last year. Argentine institutions are strong in the metric that measures teacher by number of students, which indicates a more personalized teaching, but research productivity remains the main weakness.

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In that section, the Austral University it is the local institution with the most citations per article, which suggests high-quality research. “The drive for research is a key dimension in the world’s leading universities. For us, it is a foundational aspiration that has been consolidated until achieving relevant and objectively measurable results, as represented in this indicator”, highlighted its rector Julián Rodríguez.

For its part, the Torcuato Di Tella University It ranks 37th in the general classification and is the second that produces the most research in Argentina. “This level of productivity is supported by a high number of staff with Ph.D.s, earning a perfect score of 100,” the report says.

Meanwhile, the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) It is the only one in the top 50 that managed to climb positions. She achieved this because she has the sixth highest teaching capacity in the region, based on faculty/student ratio, and the high standards she garners in academic and employer reputation. “We achieved this merit based on the strong impact generated by the combination of indicators that reflect the excellence of the educational quality that we offer. This is added to the pedagogical innovation, the incorporation of new technologies and the offer of new careers, ensuring our graduates their labor insertion both in Argentina and in the world”, highlighted its rector Miguel Ángel Schiavone.

The National University of Whose it is the one that improved the most in the country: it gained 23 positions thanks to its improvement in 6 of the 8 indicators, especially in the teacher/student ratio. In turn, the National Technological University (UTN) joined the top 100 after rising twelve positions as a result of improvements in research and academic reputation.

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