Latin America’s Best Economics School

Unsurprisingly, the best economics school that Latin America has to offer is also one of its largest. Located in the city of Buenos Aires, the Universidad de Buenos Aires is an old and prestigious college, founded in 1821. The school was initially housed in the famous Manzana de las Luces, a set of buildings that belonged to a Jesuit convent, dating back to 1712. Now, with six hospitals, ten museums, four highschools, and thirteen faculties, it boasts five alumni and staff as Nobel Prize winners. UBA does not have a central campus, but what it does have is a reputation for academic excellence and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the furtherance of higher education.

Having climbed the world ranking (according to QS World University Rankings) from #230 in 2012 to #124 in 2015, the university is making powerful headway to improve its curriculum and standing in modern education. It currently boasts the best economics program in all of Central and South America. It claims an academic and employer reputation in the mid to high nineties, its overall excellence and commitment to its own improvement and the goal of higher education. By employer reputation UBA is considered to be 46th best in the world according to Top Universities.

Notable Alumninotable-alumni_52877f45f1876_w1500

  • Raul Prebisch: A prominent economist in international debates on economic development, Prebisch was frequently referred to as a “Latin America’s Keynes.” His purview was more of an economic diplomat and policymaker than theorist, though, and his ideas formed the basis of economic dependence theory. He was especially prominent from the 40’s to the 70’s.
  • Cesar Milstein: Graduate of UBA and recipient of a PhD, Cesar Milstein went on to work the University of Cambridge at Darwin College. He eventually developed an antibody monoclonal technique that earned him a Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. His work was fundamental in the advancement of many branches of medicine, including the investigation of neurological disorders.
  • Mathematician Luis Caffarelli: A leader in the field of partial Differential Equations and their applications, he served as a professor at Princeton University from 1986 to 1996. His contributions to the field of mathematics are notable and varied. He has also served at the University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
  • 1200x-1Billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni: Having studied Industrial Engineering, Alejandro Bulgheroni put his education to work in the field of oil and gas, and by January of 2015, had a net worth more than 5 billion dollars according to Forbes.
  • Fifteen presidents of Argentina from 1890 through 2003.

UBA currently has more than 29,000 staff and 350,000 students. The first year consists of a common curriculum (called the CBC) which most students take before being allowed to set their own schedules. The CBC spans multiple departments to give students a solid grounding in the university and what it has to offer. The university is host to six thousand researchers with about fifteen hundred ongoing research projects.

For the Everyman

The university is free of charge, including to foreigners, although postgraduate work charges tuition fees. These fees can typically be covered by academic scholarships. Despite this, it still maintains a standard of consistency and excellence for those who pass through its halls in both undergraduate and post-graduate work. It demands that its students be fluent in Spanish, as all courses there are taught in the language. With this requirement, those who come in from other countries are given a top notch education and all the tools required to make and keep themselves competitive in their fields. UBA sets itself above its peers as the finest educational institution in Latin America, and one of the best in the world.


Higher education is becoming an increasingly vital part of our lives. With more and more knowledge required to stay competitive in commerce and government, the importance of selecting good colleges has become paramount. Second rate education is not merely a problem on paper, but can hamstring the career of a student for the rest of his or her life.