Montreal has dethroned Paris to take the title of world’s best student city for 2017.
After enjoying a five-year streak, the City of Light was knocked off its perch by a different French-speaking city in the fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, which classifies the world’s top 100 student destinations.
The reasons for Paris’s fall and Montreal’s rise are many: Montreal is emerging from a period of economic stagnation and looking ahead to positive growth for 2017, analysts note.
Likewise, the city’s innovation and dynamism are being noticed around the world. Last year, Montreal was named the world’s most intelligent city by global research think tank the Intelligent Community Forum.
The win also points to a larger trend of Canada’s growing appeal among young people, with four Canadian cities climbing the ranking.
The latest honour coincides with Montreal’s 375th anniversary this year.
As for Paris, which has been beleaguered with continuing terrorist threats, the city dropped to second place after falling in categories such as affordability and desirability.
Interestingly, the survey results also showed that despite the Brexit fallout, London has grown in popularity among students, rising from fifth to third place in this year’s list.
A scan of the top 10 list, meanwhile, reveals the conspicuous absence of US cities, with the highest-ranking US destination, Boston, taking the eighth spot — a result that can be traced back to affordability issues, notes the report.
The same could be said of Australia, which emerged one of the biggest losers this year: All seven of its ranked cities plummeted, with Sydney dropping from fourth to 14th place, and Melbourne falling from second to fifth position in 2017.
The highest-ranking Asian city is Seoul (4).
The results are based on the responses of 18,000 students who evaluated cities on five key categories: university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity and affordability. A new ‘student view’ indicator was also introduced this year, polling graduates and current students about their experience in a particular city.
Here are the top 10 cities for students 2017:
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