Representation of Latin American Universities Across the World
Latin American universities and higher education
In Latin America, how many universities are there? In 2020, there are 1,834 officially accredited higher-education institutions in Latin America, according to the Topuniversitieslist database. Given that the Topuniversitieslist database contains a total of 13,723 officially accredited higher education entities, the following is the percentage of Latin American universities in the world:
13.4 percent in the Topuniversitieslist Latin American Universities World Representation Index
With a population of about 8,6% of the global population (source: United Nations' World Population Prospects, 2015 Revision), Latin America's higher education infrastructure and offerings seem to be moderately underrepresented in the world, at least in terms of the amount of higher education institutions.
In Latin America, there are public and private universities.
In Latin America, how many public and private universities are there? 820 are public (i.e., publicly associated with or operated by central, state, or local governments) and 963 are private among the 1,834 accredited higher education institutions in Latin America listed in the Topuniversitieslist database. The form of control exercised by the remaining Latin American universities in the Topuniversitieslist database is uncertain or not published.
In terms of the amount of public and private universities in Latin America as a whole, the Topuniversitieslist database indicates a modest balance between public and private higher education. However, public higher education establishments account for 120 of Latin America's top 200 universities (60 percent). In each Latin American country's higher education system, differences and peculiarities can still occur.
Non-profit vs. for-profit organizations Latin American universities
Universities in Latin America are what kind of institutions they are. 1,183 of the 1,834 accredited higher education institutions in Latin America listed in the Topuniversitieslist database are non-profit, while 69 are for-profit. The form of institution used by the remaining Latin American universities in the Topuniversitieslist database is unclear or not mentioned. The overwhelming majority of Latin American public higher education entities are non-for-profit organizations, not in legal terms, but in terms of structure and administrative functions such as function, reach, and goal.
Latin America's higher education sector faces many challenges.
What are the major obstacles that Latin American higher education is actually facing? According to Topuniversitieslist , the key challenges facing Latin America's higher education sector are insufficient resources, poor academic performance and creativity (due to a small number of universities), and a lack of harmonization among the region's higher education systems.
Latin America's Top 200 Universities
Topuniversitieslist publishes a non-academic list of Latin America's top 200 universities twice a year, based on valid, impartial, and non-influenceable site measurements generated by independent web intelligence outlets. For more detail, see the rating methodology on the About Us tab.
The following is a list of the top 10 universities in Latin America, as determined by the 2020 Topuniversitieslist University Ranking:
Top 10 Universities in Latin America
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