The University of Havana fell 27 places in the Latin American ranking, going from 54 to 81, a fall with several explanations.
With a score of 49.10 (out of 100), the main Cuban school lost ground in almost all aspects evaluated, but its decline is due mainly to the advancement of other universities in the region.
Its best indicator is its academic reputation (83.5 points) and its worst, the amount of research by faculty (22.5 points).
The second-ranked Cuban institution is the University of the Oriente, which slightly improved in ranking to145 in Latin America, with a score of 34.70. In 2012 it was ranked 149.
The next-ranked are José Antonio Echeverría City University and the University of Cienfuegos, both between the positions 201-250, and the Central University of Las Villas 251-300. (After 150th place, the universities were ranked in groups of 50.)
No medical school on the island made the list.
According to the QS University Rankings, produced annually in London, the University of São Paulo in Brazil tops the chart for the third consecutive year. Brazil dominates with 81 institutions in the top 300.
Of the ranked universities, 44% were founded in the last 50 years.
According to the report of QS World Universities Rankings, assessments are based on surveys of academic reputation and work, along with research productivity and citations, student-faculty ratio, academics with doctorates and web presence.
Translated from Diario de Cuba
28 May 2013