Brazil is the country in Latin America with the largest number of universities among the most recognized in the world. According to the latest assessment by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), 27 Brazilian educational institutions entered the ranking, 13 more than last year.
Despite the largest number of recognized universities, none of them appears among the top 100 in the world.
“Brazilian results suggest that academics and employers around the world are increasingly likely to nominate the country’s universities as sources of high-quality research and graduates,” said Ben Sowter, research director at QS, on the rise of institutions on the list.
However, he warned the country about the need for more investment in education and research.
“If the country’s universities are to make further improvements, they will need to expand teaching resources across the country so that students can enjoy thoughtful, personal learning experiences. It will also be necessary to devise strategies to increase the production and profile of Brazilian research.”
Federal universities, which are the majority of the highest-rated in the country, are facing budget declines. Of the 27 Brazilian institutions that appear in the ranking, 18 are from the federal network.
The universities’ discretionary budget approved for 2021 was R$4.3 billion, less than the R$5.4 billion of the previous year. They fear they will not have enough budget to complete academic activities this year.
The best positioned is USP, in 121st place, followed by Unicamp (219th) and UFRJ (369th).
Best placed in the country for years, USP had a drop in the ranking compared to the last edition, when it appeared in 115th place. The university had an improvement in the indicator of academic reputation and reputation among employers, however, it worsened in the assessments related to teaching ability.
The ranking, released on Tuesday (8), is published annually and is one of the main international assessments of higher education.
Institutions are classified using six indicators: academic reputation, employability reputation, citations by faculty, proportion of professors per student and number of international professors and students.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has been the number one university in the world for 10 consecutive years. Oxford University achieved second place, followed by Stanford and Cambridge Universities, which share third place. Access the complete list.
The ten most highly rated universities in Brazil
- 121st: USP
- 219th: Unicamp
- 369º : UFRJ
- 434th: Unifesp
- 492th: Unesp
- 651-700: PUC-Rio
- 651-700: UFMG
- 751-800: UFRGS
- 801-1000: PUC-SP
- 801-1000: UnB