Mumbai has been considered the second most affordable city of the world, for international students whereas Delhi got rank 12. Paris is the best student city, chased by London. However, no Indian city falls in top 50 rank in 2013, for being best student city as per the ‘QS Best Student Cities’ ranking report. In this list, which was launched on 20 November 2013, Mumbai found places at 61st slot and Delhi 69th.
In affordability, Mumbai scored 98 out of 100 while Delhi's had score of 85 out of 100.
In the student mix indicator which reflects the proportion of international students in a particular city, Mumbai showed a miserable count of 2 out of 100 whereas, Delhi 10.
For the standard of living in terms of quality, Mumbai received a score of 55 and Delhi received 51. Both the cities carried out well in the Employer Activity indicator where Mumbai had score of 63 and Delhi 57, out of 100. The lack of International students in the cities bring down the scores notably, however both local and international employers recognize leading universities of the cities as told by Simona Bizzozero from QS.
Total 30 countries are represented in the QS list. Most cities belong to US which were 7 followed by Australia which had 6, Canada total with 3 and lastly UK having 3 again.
The new countries in the list attaining position in top 50 were Norway with Oslo achieving rank 48, while New Zealand with Auckland had slot 18 and lastly Czech Republic with Prague at 45..
On the 5 key parameters which were - university rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability, the rankings was based.
Head of research at QS, Ben Sowter told Cities - London, Manchester and Edinburgh all scored more than 90 points for student mix that reflects the continued popularity of UK, among foreign students as a popular destination among international students.
In this ranking exercise, 2 pre-requisites are needed to assess cities of the world which are – city to have a population of above 250,000 along with having at least two institutions as their home there.
The QS world university ranking qualified 98 cities of the globe. For ranking and evaluating this year two more indicators were added which were - globalization and world cities index to indicate the "quality of living" in global arena.
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