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Unicamp listed in rankings of young universities

Daniel BuenoTwo rankings that recognize the best universities under 50 years old highlighted the performance of the University of Campinas (Unicamp). The first was published by the consulting firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), whose rankings, released on June 11, 2013, placed Unicamp 17th among the world’s young world-class universities. It climbed six positions in relation to the previous year and was the only university in Brazil in the top 50, which contained only one other Latin American institution, the Argentinian Universidad Austral. A week later, Times Higher Education (THE) released its list: Unicamp appeared in 28th place and was the only Latin American university mentioned. It rose 16 positions compared to the 2012 ranking. Both rankings consider a variety of parameters, such as academic production, citations, and opinion polls about the reputation of the institutions, although there are methodological differences between them. Gláucia Maria Pastore, Unicamp Dean of Research, said that the university’s research is an important factor in its success in international rankings. “Its research groups have strong ties to others in Brazil and abroad, and this has intensified over the past 10 years. In addition, its graduate program is one of the best in Latin America,” she said. Both rankings highlighted the performance of Asian universities. In the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking, first place went to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). In Times Higher Education, the Pohang University of Science and Technology, in South Korea, ranked highest.