Four Russian cities recognized among the best student cities globallyFebruary 15, 2017
British agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published their rating of the best student cities on February 15. Moscow (No.39), St. Petersburg (No.78), Tomsk (No.91) and Novosibirsk (No.93), which collectively account for 12 Project 5-100 universities, were featured in the Top 100 list. Montreal, Paris and London lead the ranking.
In 2016, Moscow was the only Russian city on the list. Inclusion of Russian cities in the QS rating is an important lever for attracting international students to Project 5-100 universities and promoting the latter in the global scientific and academic market.
The rating methodology draws on five indicator groups:
- rankings: number and positions of local universities in the QS ranking;
- student mix: number of students in QS-ranked universities divided by city population; number and share of international students; tolerance (based on Social Progress Index);
- attractiveness: liveability (based on Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Index); globalization (based on Globalization and World Cities Index, PwC’s Cities of Opportunity Index, Global Power City Index, TripAdvisor’s History & Culture List); safety; environmental conditions; corruption (based on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index); and student opinions (over 18,000 students were polled in December 2016 – January 2017 about their education experience, city life; also the share of graduates who stayed in the city for more than 12 months);
- employer activity: popularity of local universities and their graduates among domestic and international employers; domestic youth employment levels;
- affordability: tuition fees; Big Mac Index; iPad Index; Mercer Cost of Living Index.