Higher education data experts QS have compiled a league table based on factors including affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects. Please see detailed below:
10. Seoul, South Korea
Those who haven’t heard of Seoul will at least know of the wealthy Gangnam district that it houses. The K-pop hit “Gangnam Style” was the first YouTube video to rack up a billion views. Seoul makes it into the top 10 because of its range of strong universities and high “employer activity” score.
9. Toronto, Canada
Canadians hold more degrees than anyone else, and Toronto is where they are going to get them; it’s home to the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University. Toronto rises four places on last year’s ranking to enter the top 10, largely due to a high score for “desirability” and its diverse mix of students.
8. Montreal, Canada
Montreal is sometimes said to be two cities in one, due to the 19 miles of underground tunnels beneath it. They house all kinds of student fare, such as cinemas, bars and shopping malls. Montreal has the second highest score for student mix and moves up from 9th position last year.
7. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is the most populous area in the world, with over 13 million inhabitants. Despite a very low score for student mix, its “desirability” and “employer activity” see Tokyo surge up from 17th in last year’s table.
Boston gets the full 100 points for “employer activity” and benefits from proximity to top universities such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
5. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to more skyscrapers than any other city, boasts 24 country parks and even has its own Disneyland. No wonder it scores so well for student desirability.
4. Sydney, Australia
If Paris is the city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks,” said Baz Luhrmann. That probably isn’t true – you can’t buy fireworks in Sydney without a license. But you can still trust him on the sunscreen. Sydney doesn’t fair well on affordability, but its strong showing on the “desirability” and “employer activity” metrics propel it to fourth in the list.
3. London, England
London scores very well for its mix of students, “employer activity” and range of strong universities, but falls from last year’s number two position because of its high cost of living.
2. Melbourne, Australia
Up from fifth in last year’s table, Melbourne is perhaps an unlikely runner-up. Its success is down to scoring full marks for its mix of students and a strong showing across the range of metrics – giving Australia two of the top five cities in the list.