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Top Universities In South America You Should Know

Many good universities have emerged in South America that has gained an international reputation. While there is still a long way ahead for the South American universities to outperform those in North America, much has been done to bring them close to or at par with many renowned universities across the globe. Moreover, South America is a geographically diverse, culturally rich, naturally bestowed, and modern continent, with a few exceptions, of course. The experiences of students who decide to come here will certainly be wholesome.
But, you may want to know where you should apply first. There are tons of universities in the continent, but there are a select few which are crowned as the best there are. Stay here for a few more minutes, and you will know what those universities are. Note that there is a significant concentration of the region’s best in Brazil and Chile, though there are also other countries whose universities are quite good.

Here are the top 5 universities in South America you should know:

  1. University of São Paulo, Brazil
    The most reputed university in Brazil and on the continent is the University of São Paulo. Founded way back in the year 1934, it was the outcome of the re-grouping of several local schools into one. Today, it is the largest educational institution in the country. The vast range of degree programs offered here means that there is something for everyone. As many as 247 undergraduate degree programs and 239 graduate programs are offered here. In terms of research, there are only a few parallels in the region to what this Brazilian university achieves. More than 25 percent of the country’s total research is produced over here.
  2. University of Campinas, Brazil
    Commonly called Unicamp, the University of Campinas is a notable public research university that was founded in the year 1962. It operates its various academic programs from its main campus as well as satellite campuses spread out across São Paulo. In addition, there are 2 technical high schools under its wing. In total, there are 10 institutes and 12 schools in its academic organization, including the School of Education, School of Physical Education, School of Nursing, School of Agricultural Engineering, Institute of Biology, Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin, and School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism.
  3. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile
    The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is a member of the 6 Catholic universities in the Chilean Higher Education System. Established in 1888, it is one of the oldest universities in the region and operates from 5 campuses sprawling across Santiago and Villarrica. A string of faculties is part of its academic organization, such as the Faculty of Agronomy & Forest Engineering, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, and Faculty of Arts. To promote research activity, it maintains 3 research institutes and centers as well.
  4. Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile
    Operating from 3 campuses in the country, the Universidad Autónoma de Chile is a private university that was established in the year 1989. The university is known for its diverse faculties and academic departments, including the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Architecture and Construction, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Business and Administration, and Faculty of Education. It also offers doctoral degrees in Biomedical Science, Law, and History. Any good university would invest rigorously in research so does this university. There are many research institutes under its aegis, such as the Habitat Studies Institute and Institute of Social and Humanistic Studies.
  5. University of Desarrollo, Chile
    It is not easy getting into the University of Desarrollo, as it is not only highly competitive but also very expensive. However, once you are in, you are entitled to a world of great learning and professional success. Presently, there are 10 faculties in its academic organization, including the Faculty of Business and Economy, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Communications, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design, and Faculty of Law. Its MBA Faculty is touted as the best in Latin America so does its Medicine School. It has two campuses, the main campus in Santiago de Chile and the other one in Concepción.
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Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

VP and News Editor
Alexandra Dimitropoulou is a VP and News Editor at CEOWORLD magazine, working to build and strengthen the brand’s popular, consumer-friendly content. In addition to running the company’s website, CEOWORLD magazine, which aims to help CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives get smarter about how they earn, save and spend their money, she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Global Business Policy Institute. She can be reached on email alexandra-dimitropoulou@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.