While student protests continue in Chile, it seems a good time to examine the quality of higher education in the country. The educational consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds released a ranking of the world’s top 700 universities (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings). Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Catolica was ranked at 250, the Universidad de Chile came in at 262 and seven other institutions in the lower third of the list. In QS’s rankings of Latin America’s top 200 universities (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/latin-american-university-rankings/2011) Chile was better represented, with 25 universities listed, and the aforementioned institutions were listed in the region’s top five.
A link to a good background story on Chilean university funding: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=416035.