The latest list of university rankings came out and Latin American universities were poorly placed as usual.

The validity of these lists and the criteria used to compile them are always controversial, as Francisco Marmolejo points out in this post on the Chronicle of Higher Education site.

But love them or hate them lists are always good for journalists, and for anyone who likes a good debate.

I wrote this piece for the Christian Science Monitor on Brazil, which had more universities placed than any other Latin American nation. Brazil did not do too well. It has a lot of work ahead.

The good news is that it understands what needs to be done and is starting to take steps to remedy the situation.