Feb 8, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Good news for researchers in Chile: there are more research-based universities now than ever.

Based on a recent report by Gea Universitas, a private, non-profit higher education research group published by Chile's daily newspaper, El Mercurio, Chile has more universities that are research-focused with six or seven PhDs programs in three or more disciplines than it has teaching-only universities. 

Until 2016, six universities out of 58 offered seven or more accredited PhD programs. Now that number is nine.

The report states, "This fact confirms… that academic excellence is reached after several generations and that quality attracts quality."

In the study, researchers analyzed 46 universities. They examined student quality, academic quality formative processes, and institutional management. 

Chile's three oldest universities--Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad de Concepción--may qualify as international research universities. 

Three public universities joined the list of research universities for the first time--Universidad de Talca, de la Frontera, and de Valparaiso. Founded after 1980, all three are considered non-traditional universities. The report commends their success as making it to the level of a research university.

The report suggests that the capacity of Chilean universities to open more research faculties indicates a greater commitment to research funding.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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