The Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) reached the 14th position among 52 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Brazil, in its first participation in Times Higher Education, considered one of the main university rankings in the world. Besides that, according to another ranking carried out by the same platform, UFJF is the 70th best Latin American university among the 166 listed. See the official listing.

The Times Higher Education evaluated 1,527 educational institutions from 93 countries. The ranking follows 13 performance indicators that constitute the global score. They are grouped into five major areas: teaching (the learning environment: 30%); research (volume, income and reputation: 30%); citations (research influence: 30%); international outlook (staff, students and research: 7,5%) and industry income (knowledge transfer: 2,5%). The parameters reflect the undergraduate and graduate education, scientific production, human resources, internationalization, number of professors and students, in addition to knowledge transfer.

UFJF shares the 14th position with other Brazilian institutions, and the best evaluation indicators were knowledge transfer (industry income) and citations (research influence). Being among these 1,572 universities in the world is a very positive aspect for UFJF, since it can be compared to other universities on the planet. This is important for us in order to know what points we can improve in terms of competitiveness and visibility. However, UFJF is potentially better than the representation carried out by the ranking, given the exceptionality caused by the pandemic, the Institutional Evaluation Board had difficulty collecting the data required by the Times Higher Education.

Latin America

UFJF is now included, for the first time, on the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings, a ranking of the top universities in the Latin America and Caribbean region, developed by the same international organization. The ranking includes only universities that offer graduate programmes, have at least 200 publications between 2015 and 2019, and that do not focus their activities on one or a few specific study areas

Among the 61 Brazilian universities that appear in the ranking, UFJF is in the 16th position in the citations category. In this indicator, the ranking examines the university influence in new studies by capturing the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. The data includes journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings, books and book chapters published over five years. In the Minas Gerais ranking, UFJF is the 2nd best in citations and, in Latin America, it occupies the 70th position.

Brazilian Representation 

Brazil is among the top 10 most represented countries on the list, reaching the 6th place. With a total of 52 institutions highlighted in the ranking, it is ahead of European countries such as Italy and Spain. Among the ranked Brazilian universities, 35 are run by the federal government, 11 by the state and six by private institutions.

World University Rankings 2021

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include more than 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date. This year’s ranking analysed more than 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22,000 scholars globally.