QS, the UK’s international higher education consultancy, recently announced the latest global “Best City to Study Abroad” ranking, ranking first in London. Among the mainland cities in China, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan are on the list. According to professional analysis, this ranking tells people that if a city wants to attract international students, it needs not only high-quality colleges, but also the employment environment, cost of living and humanistic atmosphere of the city. For each different student, the angle of attention is different. Therefore, if you want to choose the “best city to study” that suits you, you need to further analyze the resources and environment of different cities.
Europe has become the most popular area
QS’s best study abroad cities have compared 120 cities in the world. The ranking indicators mainly include the number of universities in the city, its ranking in the world universities, the level of activity of international employers in local recruitment, the cost of living, and the student group. Student feedback is also an important consideration. This time, QS obtained feedback data from 87,000 questionnaires. It can be seen from the overall polls of international students that 61% of respondents believe that the social security and friendliness of a city is the most important. The same 61% of respondents believe that quality colleges and universities are the primary factor in their study abroad in a particular city. It can be found that 59% of job-seekers and formal employment opportunities are optimistic about studying abroad.
The top three cities this year are London, Tokyo and Melbourne. London is the first city to be awarded the world’s top study abroad, with 41% of international students, and several world-renowned universities including Imperial College, University College London, and London School of Economics and Political Science. Tokyo also won the highest ranking ever, ranking second in the world. It is the world’s second-largest indicator of “accepting employer activity” and ranks second in the world in terms of “expected degree”.
Beijing and Shanghai in the Mainland of China ranked 32nd and 33rd respectively. Nanjing also entered the top 100, ranking 99th, and Wuhan ranked 105th.
The QS Group believes that the results of this year’s study abroad cities are only slightly different from last year. Munich and Berlin replaced Montreal and Paris respectively, ranking fourth and fifth in the rankings. European cities occupy 4 seats in the top 10, although Paris lost to Montreal, but still ranked seventh, followed by Zurich. Among the top 100 rankings, European cities occupy 48 seats and remain the most popular area for international students.
Costs and visas lower Americans
According to the single indicator of ranking, 8 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world are located in the United Kingdom and the United States, which has discouraged many international students. Only 12 cities in North America were ranked this year. Montreal, ranked 12th, is the most popular city in North America, with Quebec ranked 115th. Although it is a big education country, the most popular study city in the United States is not a big city like New York, but Boston.
Although the United States still has a considerable number of international students favoring cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, 14 but the increasingly stringent visa policies for international students, coupled with excessive cost of living, affect the entire country. The popularity of the study abroad market. This time, no American city entered the top 10 of the list. Boston, with its prestigious universities such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is still the best city to study in the United States, but fell from the eighth to the thirteenth. Overall, US cities are still in a lower position in terms of student composition, affordability, and employer activity.
Brexit does not affect rankings too much
In contrast, the uncertain prospect of Brexit has not affected the international students’ willingness to go to the UK, especially the capital of London. London ranks first in the world because it has the highest ranked universities, and the job market in London is also very active, and the city’s longing for heat and quality of life is also growing. Forbes reported earlier that colleges and universities in the UK are worried that their attractiveness to international students will decline as the Brexit process accelerates. However, according to the latest survey data, it can be seen from the distribution of student accommodations around the world that the UK is still the most highly regarded destination for international students, and London is the most popular city in the UK. The total housing demand for students in the London area last year was higher than in other UK cities. In addition to London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh are also very popular.
In the face of the prospect of Brexit, there is an analysis that the exchange rate of the British pound against the renminbi will drop to 1:7. This is a good thing for international students, and the reduction in tuition fees can increase the cost-effectiveness of studying in the UK. In addition, once the British Brexit, foreign students in other countries of the European Union no longer enjoy the original “preferential policy”, the EU students must shrink. As an emerging source of Asia, especially China, which is the main force of studying abroad, China will become a major market. After the Brexit, it will definitely give up some EU markets and rely more on the Chinese market.
China’s higher education investment is effective
Among the Asian cities, although only the top 10 were selected, only Tokyo and Seoul, 21 of the top 100 were on the list.
QS believes that China attaches great importance to and attaches to building a strong education country, which brings about an overall improvement in the strength and influence of the university. The cities where these fast-rising Chinese universities are located are increasingly becoming the new choice for the world’s best students. For example, Beijing’s strength lies in its high quality universities and active job market. Beijing ranks fourth in the world in terms of the number and quality of universities in the city and the level of activity of employers in local recruitment. Shanghai has also achieved good results in this city rankings, ranking 11th among QS’s university ranking indicators and 15th among urban corporate employer activity indicators.
It should be pointed out that the rankings of the four cities in mainland China have declined slightly this year, mainly because the cost of living in these cities has increased to some extent. However, the three cities in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan scored higher on the QS university ranking index, which was attributed to the upgrade of the universities in the three cities in the QS “World University Ranking” in the past two years.
Russian satellite network interviewed some international students studying in China for this ranking. Victoria, president of the China Association of Russian Students, said that Beijing’s biggest advantage lies in its strong cultural inclusion. “As a cross-cultural city, Beijing can see many foreign cultures besides modern Chinese and traditional culture. In Beijing, everyone’s Mandarin is the most standard. There are many activities, there are many opportunities, and there are various restaurants. There is also the Russian Embassy.” Natalie, a student from Belarus, believes that the advantage of studying in China outweighs the disadvantages. “Learning in China is very fast, teachers and classmates are very enthusiastic. No one will laugh at your Chinese level is not high, but they support you more. Life is very convenient, buy things with Taobao, download Baidu map will never get lost, If you can’t get a car, you can sweep the little yellow car. If you are hungry, you can take it out.”