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Academic reputation of Tec rises 8 spots in QS World University Rankings 2025

The institution secured the 185th position globally, keeping it within the Top 200 best universities.
An image of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Rectorate building's facade.
The ranking is conducted by the international evaluator Quacquarelli Symonds. (Photo: Tec de Monterrey)

Tecnológico de Monterrey has climbed eight positions in the Academic Reputation indicator of the 2025 edition of the QS World University Rankings, moving from 157th to 149th place in the global list.

In just two years, the institution has moved up 15 spots in this metric − the most valued one − which accounts for 30% of Quacquarelli Symonds‘ total assessment of the rating. Tec is still ranked among the top 200 universities in the world, with its current ranking being 185th.

Furthermore, within Mexico, the institution ranks second in this indicator, among the 32 higher education institutions evaluated in the country.

This indicator is determined by the annual QS Academic Reputation Survey, based on the perceptions of academics worldwide, identifying institutions demonstrating academic excellence.

“This recognition is a testament to the dedication and work of professors, researchers, and collaborators at Tecnológico de Monterrey, impacting the institution’s education, research, and influence. Thanks to their efforts, our students become graduates who proudly uphold the reputation of their alma mater,” said David Garza, rector and executive president of Tecnológico de Monterrey.

QS World University Rankings: Tec professors average 16.3 citations

In addition, in the Citations per Faculty metric, Tec de Monterrey maintained the same position as the previous year, within the 701+ band, scoring 2.4, a tenth higher than in the 2024 edition.

The average number of citations per Tec professor increased from 12.4 to 16.3. As well, the institution rose from 49 to 52.3 in the global average in this category.

This indicator represents 20% of the final ranking score, measuring the average citations received by professors, indicative of the impact and quality of research work in the institution.

Additionally, Tec comes in third place nationwide in this same category.

The QS World University Rankings is one of the most important globally. (Photo: Courtesy of Tec de Monterrey)

Tec in the QS World University Rankings 2025

In the QS World University Rankings 2025, Tecnológico de Monterrey ranks 185th among the best universities globally, following this assessment where 5,663 higher education institutions from 106 countries were evaluated.

Moreover, Tec is the 30th institution among the best private universities worldwide.

In the evaluation, covering data from 2019 to 2023, the institution achieved a final score of 48.1 out of 100, an increase of 0.5 points compared to the previous edition of the ranking.

“The position of Tec de Monterrey in the QS World University Rankings on a global scale highlights how our firm commitment to scientific and applied research is recognized. It not only drives knowledge but also adds value to our education and has a significant impact on society,” commented Feniosky Peña-Mora, executive vice president of Research at Tecnológico de Monterrey.

A total of 1,503 universities were taken into consideration for the ranking’s final release.

The five indicators where Tec performs best are:

  • Employment Outcomes, ranked 43nd globally.
  • Employer Reputation, ranked 47th globally.
  • Academic Reputation, ranked 149th globally.
  • Faculty Student Ratio, ranked 223rd globally.
  • Sustainability, ranked 291st globally.

Tec stands out among Mexican universities

According to the results of this edition of the QS World University Rankings, Tecnológico de Monterrey ranks second among the best universities in the country, excelling in various indicators of the global list.

The Top five Mexican universities in the ranking are:

  1. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  2. Tecnológico de Monterrey
  3. Universidad Panamericana (UP)
  4. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  5. Colegio de México

In Mexico, 32 higher education institutions were evaluated by QS.

Ranking evaluation criteria

The methodology of this global QS ranking assesses the quality of universities based on the weighting of nine indicators integrated into five areas, which are:

Research and Discovery

  • Academic Reputation – 30%
  • Citations per Faculty – 20%

Employability and Outcomes

  • Employer Reputation – 15%
  • Employment Outcomes – 5%

Learning Experience

  • Faculty Student Ratio – 10%

Global Engagement

  • International Faculty – 5%
  • International Research Network – 5%
  • International Students – 5%

Sustainability

  • Sustainability – 5%

According to QS, this year’s classification, which includes over 1,500 universities in 105 higher education systems, is the largest to be done since 2004, when QS first published the list.

The United States has the highest representation, with 197 ranked institutions, followed by the United Kingdom and China, with 90 and 71, respectively.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) maintains its position as the top-ranked university globally, marking its thirteenth consecutive year in this position; Imperial College London ranks second, and the University of Oxford third.

Harvard University and the University of Cambridge complete the Top 5, in third and fourth place, respectively.

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Ricardo Treviño