The firm QS Quacquarelli Symonds released its twelfth annual list of the best universities in Latin America with great advances in the institutions of Ecuador.
At the Ecuadorian level, the firm highlighted the progress made by the best-placed universities that managed to rise in the ranking compared to the previous year and already positions three in the top 100 Latin American by 2023. From Ecuador there are 22 classified institutions.
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The Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Espol) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) are among the 100 best universities in the region. The latter institution entered that group after ranking 116th last year.
These are the universities on the list:
|San Francisco de Quito University (USFQ)||51||60|
|Higher Polytechnic School of the Coast (Espol)||65||82|
|Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE)||93||116|
|National Polytechnic School (EPN)||106||105|
|University of the Americas (UDLA)||129||181-190|
|Central University of Ecuador||151-160||171-180|
|University of Cuenca||171-180||201-250|
|University of the Armed Forces ESPE||171-180||201-250|
|Holy Spirit University of Specialties||181-190||191-200|
|Private Technical University of Loja (UTPL)||201-250||201-250|
|Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG)||251-300||251-300|
|Salesian Polytechnic University||251-300||251-300|
|University of Azuay||301-350||301-350|
|National University of Chimborazo||301-350||251-300|
|Higher Polytechnic School of Chimborazo (Espoch)||351-400||–|
|Catholic University of Cuenca||351-400||351-400|
|International University of Ecuador||351-400||–|
|SEK International University||351-400||–|
|Technical University of Manabi||351-400||–|
|Autonomous Regional University of the Andes||401+||–|
The firm highlighted that there was an improvement in the notoriety of both academics and employees, as well as staff with doctorates and research production.
At the level of academic reputation, PUCE obtained the highest score in the country, but in the region it is ranked 56th. While USFQ is within the top 50 of the most reputable employers. Another aspect that stands out is that of the University of Cuenca, which is among the 100 best in the continent for publications per professor.
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In the case of UDLA, it became the one that improved the most positions in the region, rising 30 positions compared to the ranking of 2022.
The regional list is made up of 428 institutions and is led by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, followed by the University of São Paulo. Third is the University of Chile, positions that have not changed compared to 2022.
“This year’s edition of our independent audit of Latin American universities reveals an already established regional hierarchy, with no new entries in the top 20. However, this stability, combined with careful analysis of results, also illuminates a roadmap for success,” said Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President of QS. (YO)