Six Latin American universities make the grade in new QS World University Rankings: Arts and Humanities

by Liliana Casallas

 

Six Latin American universities were featured in the QS World University Rankings®: Arts and Humanities released on http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings, revealing strength in Latin America’s universities in Modern Languages, Philosophy, Geography, History, English and Linguistics.

  • Brazil, with four universities featured, is best-performing country in the region
  • Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) ranks in top 100 in five of the six ranked subjects
  • Argentina’s Universidad de Buenos Aires in top 100 for Modern languages and English

Latin American universities in top 200

Philosophy

Rank Institution Country
51-100 Universidade de São Paulo Brazil
51-100 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico
101-150 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina
101-150 Universidade Estadual de Campinas Brazil
151-200 Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil
151-200 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Modern Languages

Rank Institution Country
51-100 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina
51-100 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico

Geography & Area Studies

Rank Institution Country
51-100 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico
151-200 Universidade de São Paulo Brazil

History

Rank Institution Country
51-100 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico

Linguistics

Rank Institution Country
101-150 Universidade de São Paulo Brazil

English language and literature

Rank Institution Country
51-100 Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina
51-100 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Mexico
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2011 www.topuniversities.com – All rights reserved In order to qualify for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings® – Arts and Humanities Subject Rankings 2011, universities must offer a course or the option to specialize in these disciplines, and meet the discipline specific threshold for papers published.

This series of the subject rankings sees Latin American universities take six of the top 100 positions in the six arts and humanities subjects, the highest number so far in comparison with their performance in engineering and technology (2), natural sciences (3), and life sciences and medicine (0).

“The criteria for these subjects were more heavily weighted towards academic and employer reputation rather than research citations, therefore the top-performing universities were voted as having a strong reputation among both academics and employers.” says Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, “The fact that Latin American universities excel in the area shows that they are competing at the top level with the elite and longer-established institutions around the world in arts and humanities. The more granular view of the rankings by subject again points to areas of excellence that are missed in the world exercise”.

The QS World University Rankings®: Arts and Humanities is the fourth of a five-part series of the QS World University Rankings® at a more granular subject level. Individual subject rankings for Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, and Natural Sciences are available on www.topuniversities.com.

The last of the series will be released later in June; revealing the top ranked universities in Social Sciences subjects. QS and its various rankings such as QS World University Rankings®: Arts and Humanities and QS Asian University Rankings have recently been featured in media around the world including:

6 replies
  1. Carles Viladiu
    Carles Viladiu says:

    I would need some explanations on Mexican & Brazilian national top institutional’s results in the QS-2011 exercise: can anyone explain me in detail UNAM’s & USP’s achieved positions in relations of previous year results ? As far as I know, there are not relevant changes on performance, counts of staff/students/international…so most of the improvements might become from reputation… How?

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    • Ben Sowter
      Ben Sowter says:

      Well a few things have happened. We got record responses to our surveys from the region. We excluded self-citations from our citation analysis. And, in the lead up to the publication of our Latin American rankings next week we have developed better relationships than ever with institutions in the region enabling us to more effectively clarify any ambiguity in our definitions and support the institutions to submit as accurate data as ever. That said, this is not the first time institutions from the region have featured at that kind of level.

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      • Carles Viladiu
        Carles Viladiu says:

        Many thanks, Ben. I do agree , …still some doubts, though… but learning & encouraging improvements!

        According to your explanations, analyzing or comparing anual improvement of one institution’s rank position is clearly not a very useful tool because variability is quite depending of annual methodology changes (mostly improvements, no doubts!).

        In order to mesure the quality improvement that a specific institution is doing in their own activities it would be interesting to know or to have an statistical approximation on the amount of variation that might become from methodological changes or issues.

      • Ben Sowter
        Ben Sowter says:

        It depends on what institution you look at to be honest. We have done some work for some of our clients looking at comparing their perfromance with the mean for each indicator for the year, rather than in absolute terms. This arguably yields a more compelling trend analysis than just looking at overall rank positions.

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