Study: Puerto Rico University Education Declines In 2015

Study: Puerto Rico University Education Declines in 2015

Latin American universities are becoming a greater draw to international students. Culture, beautiful surroundings and value are drawing more students worldwide to the top universities of this region. Quality education results in students better prepared to succeed and a more vibrant economy.

Puerto Rico, mired in financial struggles, has seen a mass exodus of talent, a “brain drain” with top professionals—including teachers, professors and doctors—leaving the island for a better life and greater pay. Students are also leaving the island, taking their newly-acquired education off the island find a job. Along with budget cuts, this loss may be affecting the quality of Puerto Rico’s universities

How does Puerto Rico place in the QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015 results?

In the recently published results, Puerto Rico’s top university, Universidad de Puerto Rico, slipped in rank fifteen points from the previous year to #63. Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico also dropped in rank, missing the top 300 completely after placing #251 in 2014.  

Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico was the only university to rise in rank to #201 after missing the top 300 in the previous survey. This study of the top universities in Latin American countries has been published annually since 2011.

How are universities ranked?

The QS University Rankings: Latin America is compiled from universities in 20 countries throughout Latin and South America regions, highlighting the top 300 based on seven deciding factors. Each year, the global survey asks responders to name universities they perceive as producing the highest quality work from their field of expertise; the most heavily weighed indicator (30%) being academic reputation.

Other indicators include employer reputation, or which university responders prefer to recruit from (20%), faculty/student ratio (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (10%), proportion of staff with a PhD (10%) and web impact (10%).

Who made the top 10?

Brazil tops this year’s list with five of the top ten universities in the study. These include the #1 ranked Universidade de São Paulo and #2 ranked Universidade estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). Brazil also grabbed the #5 spot with Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, #8 with UNESP and #10 with Universidade de Brasilia.

Chile takes the #3 and #4 spots with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, respectively. Mexico placed #6 with Universidade Nacional Autónoma do México (UNAM), followed by Columbia’s Universidad de los Andes at #7. Mexico again placed in the top ten with #9:  Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey.

Comparing top-ranked Universidade de São Paulo to Universidad de Puerto Rico:

Universidade de São Paulo: 

  • #143 Worldwide
  • #12 QS Ranking by Subject: Dentistry
  • #81 Rankings by Faculty: Social Sciences and Mathematics
  • #9 BRICS Rankings – 86.30 Overall | 100 Academic Reputation | 99.9 Employer Reputation | 45.1 International Faculty | 82.6 Citations per paper
  • 5,785 Academic Faculty Staff
  • 269 International Faculty Staff
  • 74,787 Students – 40% Postgraduate, 60% Undergraduate
  • 2,077 International students – 81% Postgraduate, 12% Undergraduate

Universidad de Puerto Rico:

  • #701 Worldwide
  • BRICS Rankings: 53.70 Overall | 50.7 Academic Reputation | 41 Faculty/Student Ratio | 100 Citations per paper | 49.2 Papers per Faculty | 100 Faculty Staff with PhD
  • 3,161 Academic Faculty Staff
  • 218 International Faculty Staff
  • 52,908 Students – 10% Postgraduate, 90% Undergraduate
  • 411 International students – 75% Postgraduate, 25% Undergraduate

To see the complete QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015 go here

Do you agree with the rankings? Comment below to join the discussion. 

 Study: Puerto Rico University Education Declines in 2015

Puerto Rico University Education Declines in 2015

Latin American universities are becoming a greater draw to international students. Culture, beautiful surroundings and value are drawing more students worldwide to the top universities of this region. Quality education results in students better prepared to succeed and a more vibrant economy.

Puerto Rico, mired in financial struggles, has seen a mass exodus of talent, a “brain drain” with top professionals—including teachers, professors and doctors—leaving the island for a better life and greater pay. Students are also leaving the island, taking their newly-acquired education off the island find a job. Along with budget cuts, this loss may be affecting the quality of Puerto Rico’s universities

How does Puerto Rico place in the QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015 results?

In the recently published results, Puerto Rico’s top university, Universidad de Puerto Rico, slipped in rank fifteen points from the previous year to #63. Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico also dropped in rank, missing the top 300 completely after placing #251 in 2014.  

Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico was the only university to rise in rank to #201 after missing the top 300 in the previous survey. This study of the top universities in Latin American countries has been published annually since 2011.

How are universities ranked?

The QS University Rankings: Latin America is compiled from universities in 20 countries throughout Latin and South America regions, highlighting the top 300 based on seven deciding factors. Each year, the global survey asks responders to name universities they perceive as producing the highest quality work from their field of expertise; the most heavily weighed indicator (30%) being academic reputation.

Other indicators include employer reputation, or which university responders prefer to recruit from (20%), faculty/student ratio (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (10%), proportion of staff with a PhD (10%) and web impact (10%).

Who made the top 10?

Brazil tops this year’s list with five of the top ten universities in the study. These include the #1 ranked Universidade de São Paulo and #2 ranked Universidade estadual de Campinas (Unicamp). Brazil also grabbed the #5 spot with Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, #8 with UNESP and #10 with Universidade de Brasilia.

Chile takes the #3 and #4 spots with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, respectively. Mexico placed #6 with Universidade Nacional Autónoma do México (UNAM), followed by Columbia’s Universidad de los Andes at #7. Mexico again placed in the top ten with #9:  Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey.

Comparing top-ranked Universidade de São Paulo to Universidad de Puerto Rico:

Universidade de São Paulo: 

  • #143 Worldwide
  • #12 QS Ranking by Subject: Dentistry
  • #81 Rankings by Faculty: Social Sciences and Mathematics
  • #9 BRICS Rankings – 86.30 Overall | 100 Academic Reputation | 99.9 Employer Reputation | 45.1 International Faculty | 82.6 Citations per paper
  • 5,785 Academic Faculty Staff
  • 269 International Faculty Staff
  • 74,787 Students – 40% Postgraduate, 60% Undergraduate
  • 2,077 International students – 81% Postgraduate, 12% Undergraduate

Universidad de Puerto Rico:

  • #701 Worldwide
  • BRICS Rankings: 53.70 Overall | 50.7 Academic Reputation | 41 Faculty/Student Ratio | 100 Citations per paper | 49.2 Papers per Faculty | 100 Faculty Staff with PhD
  • 3,161 Academic Faculty Staff
  • 218 International Faculty Staff
  • 52,908 Students – 10% Postgraduate, 90% Undergraduate
  • 411 International students – 75% Postgraduate, 25% Undergraduate

To see the complete QS University Rankings: Latin America 2015 go here

Do you agree with the rankings? Comment below to join the discussion. 

 

 

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