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Times Higher Education

UNICAMP number one in Latin America

The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) was ranked the best in Latin America in 2017 by British magazine Times Higher Education. The institution received a total of 87.9 points, just ahead of the University of São Paulo (USP), which received 87.5. The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile was placed third. In the 2016 ranking, USP was first with 84.6 points and UNICAMP second with 83.7. UNICAMP’s lead can be explained by its progress in two categories. The first is research, which has a weighting of 34%. UNICAMP’s research score rose from 95.1 to 98.3, while USP’s remained at 100. This category includes the results of a reputation survey of scientists from more than 100 annually updated countries, as well as figures regarding scientific output, and the proportion of academic staff. The second category, with a weighting of 2.5%, is knowledge transfer, which evaluates the institution’s ability to obtain private sector funding for research. UNICAMP received 17 points more than USP in this category; in 2016, the difference was 11 points. There was no major fluctuation in scores from other categories.