The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is among the 1001 best universities in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020. In the 2019 ranking, the institution was placed in the 751-1000 range. This year, it was ranked in the 701-750 range, meaning a variation of up to 50 positions. The ranking is elaborated every year by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specializing in education that uses data collection and analysis methods resulting from surveys of more than 45,000 employers and 94,000 experts worldwide.
Universities are evaluated according to six metrics: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per faculty, International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the best ranked university in world, followed by Stanford University in 2nd place and Harvard University in 3rd place. In the top 10, most institutions are British or American, except for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), from Switzerland. The overall ranking and further information about the QS World University Rankings methodology can be found on the QS World University Rankings’ website.
National ranking – The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper annually ranks Brazilian institutions based on research, teaching, job market, internationalization and innovation indicators. In the Ranking Universitário Folha (RUF) 2018, UFSC was ranked in 6th place, two positions above the 2016 ranking, with an overall score of 92.30. The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) was ranked in 1st place, with a score of 97.52. According to the newspaper, the evaluation data was collected from Inep-MEC Higher Education Census, Enade, Web of Science, SciELO, Inpi, Capes, CNPq, Datafolha and state science-funding foundations’ databases.