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Montreal Replaces Paris as World’s Best Student City

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:52

UK cities remain resilient in wake of Brexit, US’ fall in face of Trump.

Montreal has ended Paris’ five-year run as the world’s best student city, according to global higher education analysts (QS) Quacquarelli Symonds. The fifth edition of its QS Best Student Cities ranking, published today, has expanded to enumerate the world’s top 100 urban student destinations.

This year’s ranking features a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time, alongside the five existing categories used in previous editions. Findings for the United Kingdom provide reassurance to those concerned about the potential effects of the UK’s impending exit from the EU on its higher education sector.

Montreal’s success is the latest of a series of propitious signs for a city beginning to escape a period of economic stagnation, following positive growth forecasts for 2017, and the recent announcement of its selection as the ‘World’s Most Intelligent City’. Its first-place ranking is also the highlight of a series of positive performances from Canadian cities: four of the country’s five ranked cities improve their position.

Other points of interest from the survey:
• Paris drops to second place, receiving reduced rank for Affordability and Desirability.
• London rises from fifth place to third place.
• The results suggest that UK cities remain excellent study destinations in the face of Brexit, with rises in QS’s Affordability indicator a major contributor to all eight of its ranked cities improving their rank.
• Affordability issues have a converse, adverse effect on American cities: though Boston (8th) breaks into the top ten, ten of its twelve ranked cities drop.
• Australia’s high cost-of-living and tuition fees are proving disadvantageous: all of its seven ranked cities drop, with Sydney plummeting from fourth to thirteenth, and Melbourne falling from second to fifth.
• Seoul is Asia’s best student city, enjoying a six-place jump to rank 4th.
• Berlin follows Paris as continental Europe’s best, rising to 6th.
• Tokyo (7th), Munich (9th), and Vancouver (10th) complete the top 10.

 

QS Best Student Cities 2017: Top 10

RANK 2017

RANK 2016

CITY

1

7

Montreal

2

1

Paris

3

5

London

4

10

Seoul

5

2

Melbourne

6

9

Berlin

7

3

Tokyo

8

13

Boston

9

11

Munich

10

13

Vancouver

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017
 
http://www.TopUniversities.com/

 Over 18,000 students responded to QS’s inaugural survey for this ranking, providing input about their own student experiences, and, for prospective students, the relative desirability of a city. Based on a combination of factors including: the proportion of respondents that wished to stay in their city of study after graduation; the quality of social and cultural experience offered, and levels of tolerance and inclusion, Ottawa was ranked the leading city for the ‘Student View’ indicator. This was closely followed by Prague and Shanghai.
The full ranking will be hosted here, while the full methodology can be found here.