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First time Mumbai & Delhi ranked in top 100 student-friendly cities in the world


QS analyses cities according to performance in six composite indicators: affordability, desirability, student mix,rankings, employer activity, and, for the first time, student view.

By Kristina Das

Mumbai City view

In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Best Student Cities ranking, Mumbai and New Delhi have been ranked among the world’s 100
best places for students for the first time. By QS ranking Montreal is at first place in the list released, compilers of
the QS World University Rankings. Paris has been placed second this year, which has topped the list in all previous
editions since 2012, Montreal knocked off Paris. Mumbai has been placed 85, the highest position for an Indian city on the
list, followed by New Delhi at 86.
QS analyses cities according to performance in six composite indicators: affordability, desirability, student mix,
rankings, employer activity, and, for the first time, student view. The ranking expands from 75 cities to 100 this year.
Indian cities have done really well in the affordability metric, which measures the cost of living in each city. New Delhi
ranks 15 for this indicator, while Mumbai is placed at 30. They also both see high levels of employer activity. While
Mumbai is at number 40, New Delhi is at 50.
And this year, according to students view Mumbai ranks 74th and New Delhi ranks 82nd.

Delhi City view

According to HT reports, Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “ New Delhi and Mumbai are featured for the first time in our ranking. Both cities do really well in the affordability indicator and reasonably well in the employer activity indicator, based on the opinion of local and international employers surveyed (37,000 recruiters surveyed globally) who are asked to indicate which universities produce the best graduates based on their knowledge and experience. We have ranked the most attractive cities for international students and while the two leading Indian metro cities are certainly on the map, given the huge domestic demand of university places, the focus is principally on serving local students.”
There is an increase in the desirability score of both cities. This measures a number of indicators pertaining to quality of life, including pollution, corruption, and safety. Mumbai is 90th, New Delhi 91st.
The top five cities in Asia are: Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe. The best city in the US to study is Boston, which places 8th worldwide. London rises from 5th to 3rd, and is the UK’s highest-ranking city. Canadian cities perform well in the wake of recent political events in the US. Four of their five ranked cities rise, and Vancouver (10th) also places in the top 10. QS analysed 125 cities for this year’s ranking, publishing the top 100.(India.com)

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