PUCRS is among the best universities in Latin America

University jumped from the 20th to the 14th position among Latin American higher education institutions in the latest international ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE)

15/07/2021 - 09h55

For another consecutive year, PUCRS is among the best higher education institutions in the Latin American and Caribbean region, according to the new  Times Higher Education (THE) Latin America 2021 survey, released this Tuesday, July 14th. The University appears as the best private institution in the Southern Region of Brazil, in second place among all Brazilian private universities, and rose from the 20th position (2020) to the 14thamong the 177 institutions evaluated from 13 countries. 

In the ranking – which is considered one of the most important higher education indicators in the world – PUCRS stands out especially in terms of Industry Income (94.5/100), followed by Research (79.7/100), Teaching (78.7/100), Citations (78.3/100) and International Outlook (45/100). This recognition is consistent with the continuous improvement of the work carried out in these areas and reinforces the institution’s commitment to causing a positive impact on society, producing knowledge, and teaching with excellence. 

National and international recognitions in 2021 

For the third consecutive year, in 2021 PUCRS is the best private university in the South of Brazil according to MEC. With the best average grade for Master’s programs among all Brazilian universities, it is also the second best among private HEIs in the country. 

This same year, the QS World University Rankings 2022 ranked PUCRS as the top private university in the South of Brazil. The survey was carried out by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global higher education analyst, and listed the 1,300 best universities in the world. 

In the first half of 2021, Hospital São Lucas da PUCRS (HSL) was also recognized as one of the 100 best in the country, according to the survey The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 – Brazil,  conducted by the American magazine Newsweek and by the company Statista, one of the world’s largest and most reputable firms in the area of market, business and consumption data. The ranking considered a global assessment of 2,000 hospitals around the world. 

Learn more about the Times Higher Education ranking 

The Times Higher Education (THE) is a British ranking considered one of the most relevant in the world. The English magazine, which publishes news and articles referring to higher education, is affiliated to The Times newspaper, which annually prepares a set of rankings considered one of the most comprehensive, balanced and reliable in the world. In this year’s survey, 177 institutions from 13 countries are on the list. 

Among the top 15 universities in the general ranking, 11 are Brazilian and only two of them are private, which places PUCRS together with the nine best federal universities in the country. Brazil is the most represented country, with 67 institutions, followed by Chile, with 28, Colombia, with 24, and Mexico, with 23. The ranking is based on five main indicators and institutions are scored for each of the criteria, which have different weights for the final score. Read more about the assessment methodology used in 2021.