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[ncsm-members] Montreal ranked top city for students
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From The BBC NEWS, 15 February 2017.
Montreal ranked top city for students

By Sean Coughlan

Montreal has been named as the best city in the world for students.

This international ranking of university cities
has seen Paris slip from first place - a position
the French capital has held for four years.

The Canadian city has come top of the QS Best
Student Cities, a spin-off from the annual QS
World University Rankings. [SEE

It will add to suggestions that Canada will
attract a bigger slice of the lucrative
international student market, particularly if
there are concerns about changes to entry rules
under President Trump.

It also has the benefit of being able to offer
degree courses in two big international languages
- with English-speaking universities such as
McGill University, and French-speaking, such as
the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Entry to this league table requires cities to
have at least a population of 250,000 and to be
home to at least two universities in the World
University Rankings.

Alternative countries

The rankings are based on a basket of measures -
including the quality of universities, facilities
for students, affordability, the "desirability"
of the city for students, access to employers,
the international nature of a city, levels of
tolerance, pollution and safety.

Canada is seen as high on desirability for
international students - with Montreal in top
place and Vancouver in 10th and Toronto in 11th

Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit
which produces the ranking, forecasts that
Canada's growing popularity will be part of an
increase in "alternatives to the traditionally
dominant study destinations, both in Europe and
North America".

"Canada will become a major player," forecasts Mr Sowter.

Canada could attract students from the US, and
the UK could lose students to Ireland, the
Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, he

A spokeswoman for the city of Montreal says there
has already been a surge of international
students - with big rises in student numbers from
China, India, France and Iran.

London still calling

Figures from admissions services in the UK have
already shown a 7% fall in applications from EU
students - and UK universities have been worried
that the backwash of Brexit will leave the UK
looking less welcoming to overseas students.

But there are no signs of an adverse impact on
London in this year's rankings, moving up from
fifth place to third.

The two great world cities of London and Paris
are in the top three best places to study - able
to offer both a rich cultural as well as academic

Along with Boston, which can claim Harvard, MIT
and Boston University, London and Paris are
boosted by the strength and number of top

The slip from first to second place for Paris is
attributed to cost and a loss in desirability,
including safety.

Mr Sowter rejects a link to terror attacks in the
French capital - saying that when students are
surveyed only a handful of cities are seen as
more attractive than Paris.

He says students seem to be resilient to
accepting there are no "zero risk" cities -
whether it is Boston, Berlin or Paris, all of
which have maintained their attraction.

Seoul appeal

London's universities rate highly on quality -
"no city has a superior variety and quality of
universities to London" - and the falling value
of the pound after the EU referendum has improved
their affordability for overseas students.

Edinburgh is Scotland's highest ranked university in 18th place.

Apart from Canada, the only other country with
two cities in the top 10 is Germany, with Berlin
and Munich. This reflects Germany's financial
advantages for overseas students - who do not
have to pay any tuition fees.

The most affordable cities of all, taking into
account living costs, were Kuala Lumpur in
Malaysia and Surabaya in Indonesia. Stockholm in
Sweden and New York in the US were the most

Asian countries - particularly China and India -
provide the biggest cohorts of overseas students.
But Asian countries are becoming big magnets in
their own right, with five cities in the top 20,
headed by Seoul, which has risen to fourth place.

Shanghai is the highest rated city in China in
25th place, with Mumbai the highest in India in
85th place.

The competition for attracting international students is big business.

The US remains the biggest market and annual
figures show that for the first time more than a
million overseas students were at US universities
- with almost 330,000 from China alone.

Apart from the benefits from international
research partnerships - and the long-term
influence of soft power - such international
students are officially estimated at being worth
almost $36bn (£29bn) to the US economy.

Being able to attract more of these valuable
students makes these rankings much more than a
civic beauty contest.

QS Best Student Cities 2017

1. Montreal

2. Paris

3. London

4. Seoul

5. Melbourne

6. Berlin

7. Tokyo

8. Boston

9. Munich

10. Vancouver

11. Hong Kong and Toronto

13. Sydney

14. Singapore

15. Zurich

16. Vienna

17. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe

18. Edinburgh

19. New York

20. Brisbane

21. Taipei

22. Canberra

23. Barcelona

24. Manchester

25. Shanghai
SIDEBAR PHOTO: Students at Concordia University
in Montreal, the top ranked world city for
SIDEBAR PHOTO: London continues to have a strong
appeal for students, according to this ranking
Image copyright iStock
SIDEBAR PHOTO: Image caption. Montreal and other
Canadian universities have been offering an
alternative to the US
Jerry P. Becker
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education and Human Services
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
625 Wham Drive / MC 4610
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

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