Brazil has 65 of the top 250 universities in Latam, with Sao Paulo top ranked
Brazil dominates the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Latin American University Rankings for the second year, with 65 institutions in the top 250, led by the Universidad de Sao Paulo.
Mexico has 46 in the top 250, followed by Colombia with 34 and Chile with 30. Chile also has four in the top 10 - two more than last year - despite student unrest over fee rises.
Chilean universities perform very well in terms of research output, and have an outstanding reputation among academics and employers,'' QS head of research Ben Sowter said in a statement.
Whereas the top Brazilian universities are producing a greater quantity of published research the work produced at leading Chilean universities is more widely cited, which suggests it has a greater impact.''
He noted all of the top 10 Argentine institutions ranked lower than in 2011, and the Universidad de Buenos Aires dropped out of the top 10.
Overall 19 countries were represented in the top 250, up from 14 last year. And 40% of the ranked institutions were young universities, founded in the past 50 years.
It is the second year QS has produced a set of rankings for Latin America. The first seven place-getters were the same this year.
Measures included academic reputation and employer reputation judged on global surveys with more than 10,000 responses each, weighted at 50% with a 10% weighting for each of: papers per faculty, citations per faculty, staff/student ration, staff with a PhD and web impact.
The top twleve are the following: Universidade de Sao Paulo; Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile; Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Universidad de Chile; Univiersidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Universidad de los Andres (Colombia); Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mx); Universidad Federal de Rio do Janerio; Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Universidad de Santiago de Chile; Universidad de Buenos Aires; Universidad Nacional de Colombia.