U. de Chile: only Chilean University within the top 500 in the world in 2013 SCImago rankings

Felix de Moya, the principal investigator of the Iberoamericano SIR Ranking and one of its founders, highlighted and explained the first national recorded post of this year, University of Chile, noting that this House of studies is the N ° 1 of the country by his research. The expert also stressed that it is also position No. 12 in Latin America, an important place in the region.

The University of Chile kept its leadership in research in the country, according to the latest installment of the SIR World Report. Researchers located this house of studies in the first place at national level, number 12 in the region and 425 in the world, being the only Chilean institution located within the 500 best campuses who research in the world. The Rector Victor Pérez Vera stressed that these results “reaffirm once again the work that the first University in the country has done for 171 years by the scientific development of the country”, highlighting also the prestige of this ranking “that through objective indicators demonstrates the research capacity of our campus”.

A total of 2672 universities and various research centres of the world were looked at, and the University of Chile was ranked at number 425, being the only campus in the country located within the top 500, according to the SIR World Report 2013.

This report, has located this house of studies as the number one of the country for five consecutive years, since it was located for the first time in 2009.

The University is maintained in the first place in Chile and 12 at the regional level, followed by the Pontificia Universidad Católica (18 regional and 589 world); the University of Concepción (32 regional and 912 world); the University of Santiago (69 regional and 1616 world) and the Universidad Austral (70 regional and 1638 world).

Within the campuses that are among the top ten at the national level, nine belong to the Council of Rectors. The other is the European Southern Observatory, also involving academics from the University of Chile and other campuses.

Objective indicators

The measurement took into account the scientific production  between 2007 and 2011 and considered objective indicators such as the total number of papers published in academic journals in the database Scopus, international collaboration, impact, research specialization index, the ratio of excellence and leadership in the work.

Among these indicators the University of Chile highlighted the amount of documents published from 8001-8388, regarding the latest installment. Increases were also recorded in indicators of international collaboration, in the percentage of jobs that are within the Group of 10% most cited of his scientific field and the amount of documents that is main contributed regarding the ratio of excellence.

Rector: “we want to deliver the best research for the country”

The Rector Victor Pérez Vera said that the good results that are reflected in this installment “reaffirm once again the work the first University in the country has done for 171 years by the scientific development of the country, responding to our public campus mission, these duties with the highest level of demand“.

Along with this recognized the work of the student community officials and scholars who made up the University, “and that his work of excellence enable us place again as leaders in Chile. We will continue working in this direction, because we want to deliver the best research for the country “.

Also the Rector emphasized the seriousness of a consolidated measurement, as does the SCIMago, “which through objective indicators demonstrates anew the research capacity of our campus and which also puts other public campuses in highlights”.

In this respect, the Rector of the University of Chile said that is “an advantage, but at the same time worrying, as universities that receive a minimum state funding, continue to carry out most of the relevant research of the country“, and that is “urgent to deliver resources according to our performance and excellent work”.

Felix de Moya: analysis of measurement

During his visit to our country, the Spanish researcher Félix de Moya, explained the relevance of the Ranking Iberoamericano SIR, and performed a complete analysis regarding their results in 2013, within the framework of the lecture entitled “Chilean universities in the world rankings (Global SIR): ownership of Chilean scientific knowledge by the productive sector”, which was offered to rectors and Vice-Rectors of the country, meeting that was organized by Universia.

The report presented the SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) is one of the methodologies for the classification of the most comprehensive institutions in the field of research. Two reports are published each year: SIR Latin America that analyzes the institutions of this region with at least 1 document published in the last year and also Global SIR that takes into account those organizations of the world, who have published at least 100 documents in the last year of the five-year period.

Through various Bibliometric indicators, the ranking shows aspects and dimensions of the research performance of universities and research centers, since 2009. The University of Chile is located in the first place at national level in each of these deliveries, both in the Latin American ranking and worldwide.

“University of Chile have a journey of growth and important enough production,” said Félix de Moya, who also explained that by the magnitude of the research campus, a major challenge is to guide institutional policies to further improve the quality of what is investigated. At the same time says that the University already has “reached a productive size in relevant research in the region and, indeed, in Chile.” With that space won, the task is now to focus on the production of excellence“.

“In Chile research excellence is not distributed evenly”

In the presence of the Rector Víctor Pérez Vera and the Vice President for research and development, Sergio Lavandero, Félix de Moya started highlighting the high rate of international collaboration that exists in Chile, which is around 40 to 50 per cent. “Almost one in every two jobs that are posted with the presence of at least one Chilean author are works involving authors from other countries. “This reveals that theChilean researchers are well accepted, what finally helps improve the scientificperformance of their home universities”, says.