The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) again moved up the list on the QS World University Rankings. The publication now considers it to be the 73rd best in the world, and the 8th in Latin America.
Each year since the rankings began, UBA has progressed further and further up the list. In 2012, the university was ranked at 230 and has moved 157 positions in only 7 years.
QS’s ranking system is based on the punctuation universities get in six different categories: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty to student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. UBA holds a strong position in almost all of these groups, especially employer reputation (91.6) and academic reputation (86.1). Overall, the university holds a 66.2 score. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which leads the ranking, has a 100 overall score.
The university’s main negative factor is its low number of citations per faculty rating (2.5). In this category, the system calculates “the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a five-year period by the number of faculty members at that institution.”
The ranking website praises UBA for counting among its alumni four Nobel Prize winners, several presidents and famous Argentine rebel Ernesto “Che” Guevara.