PUCRS is one of the 17 Brazilian Universities listed in the top 100 of the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2016 (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The QS Top Universities’ ranking lists 250 higher education institutions in developing countries. PUCRS is also 2nd best University in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and 3rd best Private Universities in Brazil. It is ranked 97th in the overall ranking. The list was released on July 19th. The QS University Rankings: BRICS, which is published every year, compares leading universities in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. As together, they account for 42% of the world’s population, these five nations remain as significant players in the changing global economy, and all have placed higher education at the center of plans for continued development.
For 2016, the ranking has been extended to feature the top 250 BRICS universities (previously 200). This expansion particularly benefits Brazil and India, which now have 54 and 44 entries respectively (compared to 40 and 31 last year). Nonetheless, China remains the most-represented nation, appearing 86 times, followed by Russia (55). South Africa has 11 universities in the list, led by the University of Cape Town at number 14.