Five years of responses are now aggregated for both the academic and employer reputation indicators, and not only three, as in previous years. The three most recent years are considered at 100%, while the oldest ones are weighted at 25% and 50%, respectively. This change provides even more stability for the results.
The 2016 edition of the Latin American rankings includes significant
The regional ranking uses five basic criteria: research impact and productivity, teaching commitment, employability, web impact and, for the first time in 2016, internationalization. The method retains key indicators of the global ranking, such as Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, and Faculty/Student Ratio, though each has a different weighting in this regional study.
The methodology differs somewhat from that used for either the QS World University Rankings® or the QS University Rankings: Asia, based on feedback collected from the region, the expert assessment of important factors in the region and the availability of data.
The research excellence element, that exist in all of our regional rankings, is based on data from Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature.
One key input for the development of this methodology has been the responses gathered from a survey of academics and institutional representatives in 2011. However, the final methodology slightly diverged from the initially intended approach. Part of this has come from a constructive relationship with Cybermetrics Labs enabling us to access data from the Ranking Web of World Universities, but the other influence has been the availability of data. The international indicators, in particular, have been hard work to gather data for at the levels we had hoped and would have needed to justify their inclusion. This is a work in progress and something planned for reintroduction in the future.