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  • 1. QS University Rankings: Latin AmericaTMSupplement 2011-2012 sponsored by 2011/2012
  • 2. Contents Welcome 4 QS University Rankings: Latin America provides the most detailed yet comparison of higher education standards across the region. Ben Sowter introduces this years research. Bienvenido 5 QS University Rankings: Latin America ofrece una comparacin ms detallada sobre los estndares de educacin superior en la regin. Ben Sowter presenta la investigacin realizada para el presente ao. Brazilian dominance points to future economic might 6 This years results reect ambitious investment in higher education, as Brazil looks to its universities as the key to future economic growth. El predominio de Brasil preanuncia su futura fortaleza 7 Los resultados de este ao reejan la inversin ambiciosa en educacin superior, y como Brasil percibe a sus universidades como la clave para el crecimiento econmico futuro QS Rankings 8 Widening access to Latin Americas universities 12 Danny Byrne looks at some of the issues surrounding access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds. Desarrollo del acceso a las universidades en Amrica Latina 14 Danny Byrne examina alguna de los temas relacionadas con el acceso a la educacin superior para estudiantes de bajos recursos. QS Stars- a new university evaluation tool 16 John OLeary introduces QS Stars, a new university rating system that has been implemented during 2011. QS Stars - La nueva herramienta de evaluacin universitaria 17 John OLeary presenta QS estrellas, un nuevo sistema de calicacin para universidades que se ha implementado durante el 2011. Collaboration with Latin America 18 Liliana Casallas looks at the status of collaboration agreements between Latin American universities and those elsewhere in the world. Cooperacin Internacional con Amrica Latina 20 Liliana Casallas examina la situacin de los acuerdos de cooperacin internacional entre las universidades de Amrica Latina y el resto del mundo. Biographies 22www.qs.com QS University Rankings: Latin AmericaTM 2011/2012 3
  • 3. Welcome to the 2011 QS University Rankings: Latin AmericaTM Report T he QS World University Rankings were recently published for the eighth consecutive year, and have become the worlds and gather the necessary data. Today things are different. Universities in the region have been very welcoming and extremely cooperative in most widely referenced source of comparative helping us compile these results and the team information on global universities. In 2011, the at QS has been augmented with the necessary world rankings featured 712 universities a language capabilities to communicate effec- record to date, but still only a fraction of the tively in the region. some 20,000 higher education institutions in The methodology has been adapted to the the world as estimated at the recent UNESCO needs of the region, following an extensive sur- forum on global rankings. vey of academics and institution leaders in the Following the launch of the QS Asian Uni- region conducted early this year to ascertain versity Rankings in 2009, 2011 has seen the the factors considered most indicative of insti- launch of the QS World University Rankings tutional strength. The Staff with PhD indica- by Subject, and QS Stars a new broad-based tor was cited as the most important indicator rating system both designed to provide more and has been included here for the rst time in comparative intelligence on a greater number any QS evaluation. of universities. Other concepts considered important in the QS recognizes that while rankings have survey included inclusion, student satisfaction, become an increasingly important inuence on and the quality, number, and depth of relation- the decisions facing prospective international ships with universities outside the region. All students, they have their limitations. A single of these feature in plans for the future and, in methodology cannot be adequately used to many cases, data has already begun to be col- compare all universities of all types in all re- lected. gions. This years subject rankings aim to reveal A special acknowledgement must go to global excellence in individual disciplines Cybermetrics Labs in Madrid, publishers of the much of which is overlooked by the generalist well-known and extremely inclusive Ranking approach taken in the world rankings. This Web of World Universities (www.webomet- work will be extended further in future. QS rics.info) whose data has been drawn upon to Stars reveals excellence not only in the round form 10% of these new rankings. While web but in each of eight key areas; and the regional metrics have not been taken into account be- rankings in Asia and now Latin America are de- fore due to the heavy advantage offered to in- signed to drill down deeper beneath the fabric stitutions operating principally in English, they of higher education in some of the fastest- form a very interesting component in a region moving regions of the world. where no country or institution has an innate QS University Rankings: Latin America advantage in this respect. The QS indicator represent an achievement which eight years has been compiled by dropping the Scholar ago would have been unthinkable. In 2004, component from the main Webometrics score when all this began, Latin America was among (due to its overlap with our analysis of SciVerse the most challenging regions in the world from Scopus) and up-scaling the other components which to identify appropriate contacts to compensate. Much like other evaluations, these results will evolve in their early years as the institu- tions involved become familiar with the systemBen Sowte