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LONDON, Sept. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analyst, has released the thirteenth annual list of Latin America & The Caribbean’s best universities. Evaluating the region’s institutions based on academic and employer recognition, research output, resources and internationalisation, the final table lists 430 institutions across 25 locations.

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Universidade de São Paulo takes the top spot, usurping Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile which comes second while Brazil’s Universidade Estadual de Campinas places third. Brazil is the most represented higher education system, with 97 listed universities, followed by Mexico with 63 and Colombia with 61.


  • Argentina: 14/43 universities drop, 12 rise, 17 remain static. Universidad de Buenos Aires (9th) is national leader
  • Bolivia’s Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (135th) ranks seventh for Citations per Paper
  • Brazil leads in PhD-trained faculty and research volume
  • Chile is most well-renowned country among international academics
  • Colombia boasts the most top-50 universities for Employer Reputation
  • Costa Rica’s national leader, Universidad de Costa Rica, places 20th
  • Cuba enjoys exceptionally high teaching capacity
  • Dominican Republic excels in research impact
  • Ecuador: 82% of universities improve for Citations per Paper
  • Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is the region’s most well-renowned university among academics
  • Panama ranks for seven universities. Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (130th) is national leader
  • Peru is most improved overall – 33% of universities climb, 8% drop
  • All Uruguay’s institutions place among the top 100
  • Venezuela: 4/9 universities are among the region’s top-100, two are in the top-50
Latin America & Caribbean 2024: Top-20
20242023Institution    Location    
12Universidade de São Paulo     Brazil     
21Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileChile     
35Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil     
44Tecnológico de Monterrey     Mexico     
53Universidad de Chile     Chile     
66Universidad de los Andes     Colombia     
77Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico     
88Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro     Brazil     
99Universidad de Buenos AiresArgentina     
1011UNESP     Brazil     
1112Universidad de Concepción     Chile     
1210Universidad Nacional de Colombia     Colombia     
1313Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú    Peru     
1416Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais           Brazil     
1514Universidad de Santiago de ChilChile     
1618Pontificia Universidad Javeriana     Colombia     
1719Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro    Brazil     
1817Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul     Brazil     
1915Universidad de Antioquia     Colombia     
2020Universidad de Costa Rica     Costa Rica     
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