In his most recent work, World University Rankings, the firm QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked 19 Colombian universities among the best 1,300 in the world. Seven of them are public institutions.
The most prominent in this sector is National University, for several consecutive years as the best public institution in the country according to the list, in addition to being the second best in Colombia, behind the Universidad de los Andes.
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Similarly, it is important to mention that worldwide it is ranked 258, which means an improvement of one box compared to last year. Likewise, it is the only university in the official sector that appears positioned as one of the 10 best in Latin America, occupying ninth place.
Other public institutions with excellent performance were the U. de Antioquia and U. del Valle, both within the best 1,000 on the planet and among the 10 best positioned in the country.
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It is also striking that of the three Colombian institutions that appear for the first time in the ranking, two of them are public, which shows a better performance in the sector.
These are the University of Córdoba and the Technological University of Pereira, which since this year are counted as part of the elite of higher education worldwide.
Among the different indicators measured by QS to develop the list, Colombian institutions stand out in reputation with employers, that is, their graduates are desired in the world of work.
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According to Ben Sowter, QS research director, “In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, employers who respond to our surveys continue to express their confidence in graduates from Colombia’s top institutions.”
Despite this, Sowter added: “Once again, we continue to observe that Colombian performance is hampered by low scores on the impact of the investigation. With data from our research partners at Elsevier suggesting a strong correlation between international collaboration and the impact of citations, it remains essential that Colombian institutions and policy makers look for ways to intensify engagement with the global academic community. “
These are the best public universities in Colombia
1. National University of Colombia (258 worldwide)
Second place at the national level. It stands out mainly for a score of 94.3 out of 100 in the reputation of its graduates in the world of work.
2. University of Antioquia (651-700)
Although this institution has dropped several positions since it entered the list in 2012, it remains the second best in the country’s official sector. Once again, the highlight is its employability, with a score of 52.5.
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3. Universidad del Valle (801-1000)
This institution has an outstanding performance in both employability and academic reputation, which makes it one of the best 1,000 universities in the world.
4. University of Córdoba (1001-1200)
Despite being his first appearance on the world list, he had previously stood out in the regional ranking. Unlike other institutions in the country, this one stands out mainly for its academic reputation.
5. Industrial University of Santander (1001-1200)
This institution is one of the most desired by employers, especially for graduates of careers such as Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Medicine.
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6. University of Medellín (1201+)
This is the second time that it is among the best in the world, although it decreased positions. Despite this, it is one of the most equal institutions in the different indicators of employability, research, academic reputation and international influence.
7. Technological University of Pereira (1201+)
Another that appears for the first time in the ranks. It is characterized by standing out in research, unlike other Colombian educational establishments, being one of the most cited in academic texts.
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