(MENAFN – Khaleej Times)
Posted: Wed Jun 29 2022, 10:01 PM
The best student city in the Arab region is Dubai, which ranks 51st in the world, according to the recently released tenth edition of the QS rankings of the best student cities.
Overall, London takes the top spot, extending its table run to four years.
The findings were released on Wednesday by global higher education consultancy QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).
The fastest rising cities are Almaty in 75th, which has climbed 30 places in a year, the capital of the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi in 71st position and Ankara in 77th.
Driven by its array of high-quality universities and excellent job prospects, Seoul has risen from third to second place in the world.
Seoul shares second place with Munich and wins the title of best student city in Asia. Its closest mainland competitor, Tokyo, formerly tied with Seoul in 3rd place, falls to 7th place in this year’s ranking.
The rankings provide students with independent data on a range of factors relevant to their study decisions, such as affordability, quality of life, university level and the opinions of previous students who have studied in this destination. .
Seoul is home to 23 ranked institutions compared to 18 in London, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.
Only Tokyo scores higher than Seoul’s 96/100 for job activity, which measures how much a city’s graduates are sought after by employers.
Seoul is one of only 10% of cities globally to improve its affordability score, in which it moves up six places to rank 51st in the world.
It declines in desirability, which is a measure of the quality of life in a city and the degree to which prospective students want to study there. However, it is still the best performing city in Asia for this metric.
The six groups of metrics QS uses to compile the best student city rankings are:
1. Rankings: Does this city have a range of highly ranked universities?
2. Desirability: Is this city a good place to live and do future students systematically express a preference to study here?
3. Affordability: Is this city affordable for students? This group of indicators represents a range of cost-of-living measures, including average tuition, the iPad index, and the Big Mac index.
4. Employer activity: Do employers value universities in the city and are there economic opportunities for graduates? This group of indicators uses more than 99,000 QS employer survey responses, while taking into account youth employment levels in a city.
5. Student mix: is this city a diverse and tolerant place to live? Does it have a large student population?
6. Student Voice: Do students who have actually studied in this city recommend it to their peers? This group of indicators recognizes the importance of independent peer review in providing high quality recommendations. This edition is informed by the views of 98,426 survey respondents.
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