As every year, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) publishes its annual University World Ranking and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has not only made it to top 100 once again, but has ranked higher than ever before. Drumroll, please! UBA made it to the 75th place, 10 positions up since last year, and two spots away from the University of Copenaghen and the University of Zurich, both of which share the 73rd place.
UBA has been working its way up the world’s ranking for years now and is, for the third year in a row, the best university in Latin America (according to this ranking at least), followed by Sao Paulo University (USP) and the National Mexican University (UNAM) in the 121st and the 122nd places, respectively.
UBA’s Dean, Alberto Barbieri, said in conversation with La Nación that “it’s exciting to see how a group of people keep institutions at such a high level. This achievement is the result of the silent work of teachers, auxiliary teachers and researchers, who are very passionate about what they do, and even from the students, who choose the university because of its stringency levels and its quality.”
Considering there are around 26,000 universities in the world and the QS monitors 4000, Argentine students have the right to be proud. Closer to the top, not as much movement to report, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remianing in the first place.
How does QS makes its ranking, anyway? Well, it takes into account four different variables: research, the quality of the education, how society sees graduates’ work, and also, the performance of its students during exchange courses with other universities around the world.
After hearing what Barbieri said to Clarín about its latest improvements, it’s no surprise the UBA has ranked higher this year. “We have made progress on the exchange programs. The number of exchange students has increased 600 percent since 2007 and 200 percent since 2014. These programs are expected to come to fruition along the medium term,” and added “our academic reputation, or how the world sees UBA professionals, is of 95 percent, against the 32,3 percent from all the other Argentine universities.”