Since 2011, the University of Montevideo ranks first among private universities in Uruguay according to the QS Ranking for Latin America. In 2016 the University has been ranked number one in Uruguay for academic reputation, reputation among employers and number of teachers with doctorates.
The QS University Ranking Latin America assesses the academic reputation, the employer reputation, the teacher / student ratio, staff with doctorates, research publications, research citations and impact of institutional web. In 2016 UM ranks in 70th place in Latin America.
The QS Latin American Ranking 2016 has a new indicator: international research networks and as a consequence, Latin American state universities have improved their overall position ranking.
Rector Juan Manuel Gutiérrez stated: "The Ranking is like the tip of an iceberg, a small sample of the work and commitment of the UM teachers, researchers and students, who are the “raison d'etre” of the University of Montevideo. Peter F. Drucker said “Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.”