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A new student has his face painted as is the tradition at Brazil's  University of Sao Paulo (photo:dpa)

Geopolitics: Latin American universities in a world class of their own

Several Latin American universities are looking to climb the league tables and join the world’s best. It is a goal many aspire to. Dr Jorge Balan, GIS guest expert and senior research scholar at the School for International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, US, looks at what is holding them back and considers whether or not league tables are the best indicator of success.

ONE of the most influential promoters of the idea that emerging countries need, and deserve, world-class universities, now has some caveats to offer.

‘I sometimes worry about having contributed to raising expectations about the importance of world-class uni...

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Dr. Jorge Balan
There is consensus among experts that rankings, with their many imperfections, are a better measure of research capacity and research output than the quality of teaching and learning
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