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The Top Colombian Universities According To CWUR


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The CWUR ranking of the top 2000 universities in the world has been released. Colombia has 7 Universities inside the ranking. Credit: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo – CC BY 2.0 DEED

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has presented its list of the top 2000 Universities in the world, and Colombian universities ranked highly. 

This is a list published since 2012 and takes into consideration 7 factors in four different areas. the four main areas taken into consideration were: quality of education, employability, professor quality, and academic production. This year CWUR evaluated 20,966 universities and published the list of the best 2000. Seven Colombian institutions have made the list. 

According to the CWUR, the best university in Colombia is Universidad Nacional (The National University of Colombia). The institution ranked 788 in the world. This means that Colombia’s national university is in the top 3.8% of college institutions in the world, and got 71,9 points out of 1000.  

The second-best-ranked Colombian University was Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes). It ranked 864 worldwide and was included in the top 4.2% of universities worldwide. The third-best-ranked university in Colombia according to the CWUR was Universidad de Antioquia (Antioquia University). Just like Universidad Nacional, Antioquia University is also a public institution ranked at 1012 and is in the top 4.9% of institutions in the World. 

The official ranking published by CWUR of Colombian universities

  1. National University of Colombia (rank 788, Top 3.8%, score: 71.9)
  2. University of the Andes (rank 864, Top 4.2%, score: 71.4)
  3. University of Antioquia (rank 1,012, Top 4.9%, score: 70.4)
  4. Pontifical Javeriana University (rank 1,638, Top 7.9%, score: 67.4)
  5. Antonio Nariño University (rank 1,681, Top 8.1%, score: 67.3)
  6. Industrial University of Santander (rank 1,777, Top 8.5%, score: 66.9)
  7. University of Valle (rank 1,961, Top 9.4%, score: 66.2)

What could Colombian institutions do better?

Colombian universities stand out in terms of the employability of their graduates, as well as in the research component. However, they need to improve on the other indicators taken into account.

Investment in research is a key factor in this ranking, in which 40 percent focuses on the number of published articles, specifically those in high-impact or highly influential journals, and highly cited articles, something in which Colombia’s institutions, in general, stand out.

What Colombian universities need to improve is the quality of their teaching staff and the academic reputation of their graduates.

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