Three Puerto Rican universities are among the best in the Caribbean and Latin America

Three Puerto Rican universities are among the best in the Caribbean and Latin America

Three university systems in Puerto Rico were placed among the top 15 higher education institutions in the Caribbean, according to the 2024 rankings of the QS World University Rankings from the global performance ranking organization Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was ranked as the second most important in the Caribbean, after the University of Havana, in Cuba, among 24 Caribbean universities that were evaluated.

The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, for its part, is in a tie for twelfth (12th) position, and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico is tied for fourteenth (14th).

The QS World University Rankings publishes, annually, its analysis of institutions around the world, which are evaluated under indicators of academic performance, research, administrative factors and student life, among others.

When looking at the “ranking” at the level of Latin Americathe UPR was among the first 50 universities and is the best positioned among Puerto Rican institutions, in 46th place. This, however, represents a drop when compared to last year, when the UPR was number 40. In 2021, it was number 37.

The University of Sao Paolo, in Brazil, is the best university in the region, according to the entity.

“Latin American universities, with a specific allocation of resources and a better research agenda, have every chance of becoming beacons of progress in the global landscape of higher education. However, challenges related to equity, relevance and efficiency persist”noted the senior vice president of QS, Ben Sowterin a press release.

The Polytechnic University was placed in the range of the first 251-300 Latin American universities, while the Inter-American University is in the range of the best 301-350. In total, 430 Latin American universities were evaluated by QS in its most recent edition.

Only the UPR appears in the international evaluation, in which it was placed in the ranking of 1,001 to 1,200 among the 1,500 universities evaluated. This represents an improvement compared to last year, when it was in the range of 1,201 to 1,400.

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