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The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings are out and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has a reason to be proud, as it managed to secure four spots in its prestigious world rankings, which are usually dominated by universities from Western Europe, North America, and East Asia.

The QS rankings classify universities according to their performance in 46 different subjects, and, according to their website, “assess university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalization.”

UBA has made the top 50 in the subjects of Art and Design (31), Modern Languages (38), Anthropology (38) and Sociology (47), and has made the top 100 in 10 different subjects, five more than last year.  Within Latin America, Argentina is the fifth most represented country in the rankings with 44 appearances, trailing behind Colombia (56), Mexico (86), Chile (98), and Brazil (246) — in that order.

However, Argentine universities overall declined in the general ranking, compared to their performance in 2016. This year, 27 Argentine universities made it to the ranking’s top 200, compared to last year’s 29.

The most commonly featured universities in the top 10 are the University of Cambridge, Berkeley University, University of Oxford, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology- all of which have appeared more than twenty times.

Last year, UBA was hailed as the best university in Latin America, as it became the first university in the region to enter the QS World Rankings, reaching the 85th place in the top 100.