Universidad ORT Uruguay has been ranked as the top university in the country and one of the leading 500 in the world in a prestigious international league table.
The institution was placed at number 462 in the QS World University Rankings table of 1,000 top universities from around the world. More than 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion by the research group.
Methodology for the highly-regarded QS league tables is based on academic and employer reputation, citations per faculty, international student and staff numbers and the size of classes at the institution.
Universidad ORT Uruguay was not in last year’s top 1,000, but has now leapfrogged Universidad de Montevideo, Universidad de la República and Universidad Católica del Uruguay.
Dan Green, Acting Director General and CEO of World ORT, said: “This is wonderful news and a fantastic achievement. Under the leadership of CEO Professor Charlotte de Grünberg and Rector Dr Jorge Grünberg, the university has proved to be a serious institution with exceptional teachers who make every effort to ensure students receive the best education.
“I would like to congratulate Charlotte and Jorge for the dedication shown by them and their colleagues. This ranking is thoroughly well-deserved and a moment for them – and the whole ORT network – to celebrate.”
Prof de Grünberg said the rankings placement was “a moment of great satisfaction” at a difficult time.
Professor Sidney Strauss, Co-Chair of World ORT’s Academic Advisory Council, added: “This is the most wonderful news and a sign of how persistence with quality education as the ultimate goal in mind pays off.
“My heartiest and heartfelt congratulations to Charlotte and Jorge and all those who helped attain this remarkable achievement.”
Based on two campuses in Montevideo, Universidad ORT Uruguay is the country’s largest private university with more than 1,000 teachers and researchers for 11,000 students studying on 65 degree courses. The university has been a pioneer in the introduction of new educational careers and technologies in Uruguay.
Every year the university dedicates significant resources to improving teaching and research methods, educational infrastructure and the level of its teaching staff. The educational philosophy combines two core values: academic excellence and equal opportunities.
The university is also acknowledged for being a benchmark in the training of human resources, with a focus on teamwork capabilities and the constant search for excellence.
Courses are taught mostly in Spanish and degrees are available in subjects including Architecture, Engineering, Biotechnology, Business and Management, Economics, International Relations, Design, Animation, Communication, and Education.
The ORT university has more than 180 collaboration partnerships with prestigious universities worldwide.
ORT activities in Uruguay began in 1942, initially helping refugees from Europe gain skills to help them find work and integrate in their new home. By the 1980s, ORT Uruguay had become a leading trainer in electronics, telecoms and computer science and in 1996 became the country’s first officially-recognized private university.