The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has been on the rise in rankings since 2014. Overtime, each new study released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has placed it higher among the world’s top education institutions. Earlier this year, UBA snagged the 75th spot in the QS annual University World Ranking, and today it has officially entered another list as the 9th best university in the region of Latin America, moving up 2 spots from its previous ranking at 11th place.
The British company, which has been specializing in these educational publications since 1990, follows a methodology of five basic criteria to best evaluate universities from around the world. There has always been a focus on research impact and productivity, teaching commitment, employability, online impact and, as of 2016/2017, internationalization too.
According to the company, internationalization was added as a new indicator to “assess the degree of international openness in terms of research activity for each evaluated institution…The intention is to detect those institutions with a richer and more evenly distributed international links.”
QS’ is one of the most observed rankings in the academic sector, as well as companies looking to hire personnel all around the world. As told to Clarin, UBA authorities attribute the growth in the new ranking to two factors: first, that they are now delivering the university’s information “in a more orderly, organized way according to the way rankings request the data,” as well as “by a policy of internationalization of the university.”
As Patricio Conejero, under-secretary of international relations at UBA also told Clarin, “We see a trend of growth for UBA in all rankings. We believed that the strong internationalization policy we are creating is very important. We made a strategic alliance with UNAM (Mexico) and with the University of São Paulo (Brazil); and research agreements with the universities of Madrid and Barcelona. This is giving us more and better international visibility.”
However, even though UBA is claiming the spotlight for securing a place in the “top 10,” other Argentine Universities also made the Latin American ranking. In total, there are 39 other institutions listed out of the 400 that were analyzed by the consulting firm. The ones that stood out the most were the University Torquato Di Tella (UTDT) which ascended to the 21st position, the Austral University, which held steady at 24th, while the National University of La Plata was bumped down a few levels to 27th.
In other university rankings news, the CWUR (World University Ranking Center) based out of Saudi Arabia also released its numbers. This one has a different criteria than QS’s at the time of determining which ones are – in their opinion – the world’s best 1,000 universities. Although the top positions were taken by Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 3 Argentine universities made the list. UBA came in at position 382, the University of La Plata came in at 725, while the University of Cordoba ranked at 971. We like the QS ranking better.