Montreal has unseated Paris after QS rankings introduced student opinion metric in the whole ranking system. It really must not have come as a surprise to any student who has studied in Montreal that the city now stands as the best student city in the world.
It had finished 7th last year. But this year it even beat fellow francophone metropolis Paris to take the no 1 spot in the 2017 QS Best Student City rankings.Paris actually fell to a no 2 spot and London has come to the next no 3 spot. Vancouver is the only other city from Canada to find a spot and is at the moment ranked 10th in the World.
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Ben Sowter, who heads the Intelligence Unit at QS, explained that the Best Student City Rankings is based on six parameters:
Rankings: Where do universities in the city place in the QS World University Rankings?
Student mix: The number of students in general, and the number of international students.
Desirability: Includes factors such as safety, pollution, corruption.
Employer activity: Are employers interested in graduates from at least one university?
Affordability and Student opinion and experiences.
Students surprised by Montreal experience
The last metric is a new measure, and that is what helped Montreal being propelled to the top spot this year.
He said that for Montreal and other Canadian cities, the actual experience that people are having when they go there, is much more positive than the imagination or expectation of it before they go. He also said that the low expectations that students have could also result from the degree of modesty that the Canadian Universities and Colleges display as potential destinations for international students.
“One of the things I’ve heard said about Canada is that, from a cultural standpoint, it’s much less forthcoming in letting people know that it’s there,” he said. He was of the view that the city is not assertive enough and could actually do with a lot of publicity. The city actually needs to emphasize that it is there, it has a very different political landscape and it is open for business.
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