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UC Chile Continues its Reign as Latin America's Leader in THE Rankings 2023 for the Fifth Consecutive Year

The eighth edition of THE Latin American University Rankings 2023 includes 197 ranked institutions from 13 countries, 32 of which are Chilean. Excellence in research, teaching, internationalization, and industry engagement have been key factors that enabled the university to stand out in the first place among institutions in the region.

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photo_camera For the University President, these results represent a tremendous accomplishment and serve as a substantial testament to the institution's quality. They are a direct outcome of the unwavering dedication, persistence, and seriousness displayed by the university. - Photo by the Communications Department.

The British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) placed UC Chile at the top of Latin America for the fifth consecutive year, according to the latest edition of THE Latin American University Rankings 2023. The UC Chile holds the 1st position with a total score of 90.3 points. It is followed by the University of Sao Paulo (2nd) and the University of Campinas (3rd), the same as last year. In total, 197 institutions were ranked.

The top 10 universities according to the THE Latin American University Rankings 2023 are as follows:

Table chart about THE Latin American University Rankings 2023.

At the national level, there are 32 Chilean universities that appear in the ranking (two more than the previous year: the Universidad de Magallanes and UC Maule), with 7 of them among the top 50. Following the UC Chile (1st) and the Universidad de Chile (9th), we have the Universidad de Concepción (22nd), the Universidad de Santiago (38th), and the Universidad de Los Andes (41st).

Chilean institutions in THE Latin America 2023 ranking:

Table chart about THE Latin American University Rankings 2023.

UC Chile stands out for its exceptional performance in research indicators (99.8 points) and citations (95.5), along with its notable industry engagement (99.4).

Research, Teaching, Internationalization

"These results bring us immense joy, not only within our university community but also as a country. They demonstrate UC Chile's continued leadership in the region for the fifth consecutive year, alongside other renowned institutions like Sao Paulo, Campinas, Monterrey Institute of Technology, and others that have secured positions within the top 10," expressed President Ignacio Sánchez. "All of this is due to the persistent and sustained work of the university community, professors, researchers, professionals, and undergraduate and graduate students."

Moreover, according to the university authority, when these achievements are repeatedly attained year after year, they hold great importance in establishing a foundation of leadership in the region. Foreign universities look at which institutions are leading in each continent and in Latin America, where they seek partners for academic work with community outreach, impact, and quality. "This is a great achievement, a significant measure of the institution's quality, resulting from the academic work and the university community's dedication, persistence, and seriousness," concluded Sánchez.

On the other hand, Provost Guillermo Marshall highlighted the great contribution that UC Chile makes to society, not only at the national level but also internationally, which is reflected in the leadership achieved for the fifth consecutive year in THE Latin America ranking. "The first-place position of our university among regional institutions has been attributed to excellence in research, teaching, internationalization, and industry engagement," he said.


The British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) has been publishing its World University Rankings since 2004. It is one of the most internationally recognized and widely used university rankings, along with the QS World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In July 2016, THE launched a pilot ranking focused solely on Latin America universities, based on the same indicators used in the World University Rankings but with changes in the weighting of some indicators to reflect the priorities of institutions in the region. In July 2023, the eighth edition of this regional ranking was published.


The methodology used by THE Latin American University Rankings considers 13 indicators grouped into 5 categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income. The indicators are the same as those in the global version of the ranking but with different weights.

To obtain the score for each institution on these indicators (ranging from 0 to 100), THE uses 3 sources of information:

  • An academic reputation survey conducted by THE among faculty worldwide. Based on the results of this annual survey, the indicators of academic reputation associated with teaching (15%) and research (18%) are obtained. The latest version of the survey was conducted between October 2022 and January 2023. The 2023 results were combined with those obtained in the 2022 survey, totaling over 68,000 responses considered in the ranking.
  • SCOPUS of Elsevier is the source for all publication and citation data, including international co-authorship. For the Latin American ranking 2023, all publications between the years 2018 and 2022 were considered.
  • The institutions themselves provide THE with data associated with the number of students, graduates, and faculty, as well as the revenues received by the universities.

The ranking excludes universities that do not offer undergraduate education or have fewer than 200 indexed publications between 2018 and 2022. Additionally, universities in which more than 80% of their activity is concentrated in any of the eleven areas of knowledge considered in the ranking are also excluded. 

For more information about the methodology, please visit: Latin America University Rankings 2023: methodology | Times Higher Education (THE)

More information about the ranking at: Latin America University Rankings 2023 | Times Higher Education (THE)

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