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London is still the best city in the world to study in new rankings | Higher education

London remains the best city in the world to be a university student, according to an international ranking of higher education centers that places it ahead of rivals such as Tokyo, Boston and Berlin.

The capital retained first place for the third year in a row despite low affordability ratings, thanks to the presence of world-leading institutions such as Imperial College and King’s College London, and high ratings for their openness to international students and postgraduate career opportunities.

Munich came in second, while Tokyo and Seoul tied for third place ahead of Berlin, Melbourne, Zurich and Sydney. Paris, Montreal and Boston tied for ninth place.

The city ​​rankings created by education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds are based on their own leaderboards, as well as surveys of 85,000 current and future students around the world. They cover cities with a population of at least 250,000 inhabitants and two or more universities located in the world ranking of QS universities.

Current students studying in London rated the British capital highly for its ‘excellent cultural, economic and educational opportunities’, although the city was only ranked 15th, below Auckland and Montreal, for its attractiveness among futures. students.

Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, said: “With two of the world’s top 10 universities located in the city, London remains a leading educational center in the world. However, the increase in Covid cases and the lingering effects of Brexit may serve to undermine London’s privileged position. “

Elsewhere in the UK, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester ranked in the top 30 of the 115 eligible cities. Coventry did very well in terms of ‘student mix’, ranking second after Melbourne for the proportion of national and international students in the local population, as well as tolerance and inclusion.

The top-ranked US center was Boston, thanks to the proximity of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. But US cities suffered from high affordability, and Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco were the worst overall based on cost of living, tuition rates, and The Economist’s “Big Mac” index, which use the local cost of the hamburger as an approximation of costs.

QS also noted that American cities “are experiencing a systemic decline” in their desirability ratings, which include metrics such as pollution, crime, safety and corruption, as well as a survey of students.

The most desirable city to study was Tokyo, followed by Toronto and Zurich. Boston could only handle 26th place, while Durham, North Carolina, near the top-ranking University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, ranked 85th.

Monterrey in Mexico and Almaty in Kazakhstan were rated as the least desirable places to study. The most affordable center was the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, ahead of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan in Russia.

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