Universities here not highly ranked in world survey by London firm

Major Costa Rican universities got so-so rankings from an international educational rating company, and they are not likely to improve much.

Some 40 percent of the ranking is based on academic reputation, which is why Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology fare so well.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology retained the top spot in the QS World University Rankings for the fourth year running, with Harvard University climbing two places to rank second, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint third, said the firm, QS Quacquarelli Symonds of London.

The Universidad de Costa Rica was 601 worldwide and tops in this country with a Latin American ranking of 21st place. Two other Costa Rican universities, the public Universidad Nacional in Heredia and the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y TecnologĂ­a shared a 701st ranking worldwide. The Universidad Nacional was 55th in Latin America, and ULACIT was 79th.

Academic reputation is measured using a global survey in which academics are asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their own field of expertise, said the firm, which added that it received nearly 76,800 responses over five years. This is the12th annual survey.

In addition to academic reputation, the other indicators are employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, research based on citations of faculty members in academic papers, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

Since the firm is also is engaged in student study abroad, the number of international faculty members and students is important to its managers.

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