Bei­jing, Shang­hai Among 40 Top Cities for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents

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Bei­jing and Shang­hai are among the world’s top 40 cities for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to study in, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est QS Best Stu­dent Cities Rank­ing.

In the sixth edi­tion of the rank­ings, re­leased on Wed­nes­day by global ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tancy QS Quacquarel­li Sy­monds, Bei­jing ranked 32nd and Shang­hai 33rd. Nan­jing, the cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, ranked 99th, and Wuhan, the cap­i­tal of Hubei prov­ince, 105th.

Com­par­i­son

The rank­ing com­pares the world’s 120 top stu­dent cities. Cities are ranked ac­cord­ing to six cri­te­ria: the num­ber and per­for­mance of their uni­ver­si­ties, grad­u­ates’ em­ploy­ment prospects, af­ford­abil­ity, de­sir­abil­ity and qual­ity of life, the di­ver­sity of their stu­dent body, and stu­dents’ opin­ion of the city.

Bei­jing’s strengths were listed as the qual­ity of its uni­ver­si­ties and the high levels of em­ployer ac­tiv­ity in the city.

It achieved the world’s fourth­high­est score for QS’s univer­sity rank­ings in­di­ca­tor, which mea­sures the num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties in a city and their qual­ity. The city also ranked fourth in terms of grad­u­ates’ em­ploy­ment prospects. Shang­hai also scored strongly for univer­sity rank­ings, achiev­ing the world’s 11th-high­est score. It ranked 15th for em­ploy­ment prospects. The rank­ings for all four cities in the Chi­nese main­land dropped this year, pri­mar­ily be­cause of ris­ing costs.

Their af­ford­abil­ity scores fell this year, with Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Wuhan all in the bot­tom half of the table for cost of liv­ing.

Lon­don re­tained its sta­tus as the world’s best stu­dent city, Tokyo re­mained sec­ond and Mel­bourne in Aus­tralia held onto third po­si­tion. Lon­don was ranked top be­cause it pos­sesses the high­est num­ber of top-ranked uni­ver­si­ties and a high level of em­ployer ac­tiv­ity, and be­cause its de­sir­abil­ity — in­clud­ing qual­ity of life — has in­creased rel­a­tive to other cities.

How­ever, cities in the United King­dom and the United States are hin­dered by their lack of af­ford­abil­ity. Eight of the world’s 10 least­afford­able cities were in the two coun­tries.

Christina Yan Zhang, QS’s China direc­tor, said: “China has at­tached great im­por­tance to es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a world leader in higher ed­u­ca­tion. This has enabled Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties to en­hance their over­all global com­pet­i­tive­ness and in­flu­ence. Many cities in China are now new study des­ti­na­tions for top tal­ent glob­ally.”

De­vel­op­ing an ef­fi­cient over­seas stu­dent man­age­ment frame­work that is world class but with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant, she said. If China could pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­tern­ships, work and star­tups for stu­dents, it would give a boost to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Chi­nese com­pa­nies’ am­bi­tions to go global, and the coun­try’s eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence, she added.

China has been the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Asia since 2014.

In 2018, the coun­try welcomed 492,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from 196 coun­tries and re­gions to study at 1004 uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tutes across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Photo: VCG

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents at Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

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