Singapore drops eight places in best student cities rankings

Dublin has been ranked 31st out of 125 of the best cities in the world in which to be a student.

The ranking, since the inaugural ranking of 2012, places Montreal in the top spot for the first time.

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, was listed 21st on the latest Best Student Cities index released Wednesday by a British company specializing in education and study overseas.

The city's score for "Affordability" has dropped five places due to high cost of living and rising tuition fees.

Taipei was 10th in the category, with students indicating that they "are enjoying their experience of the city and are often keen to stay after graduation", QS said.

Johannesburg ranks 88th for Student Mix‚ which measures the levels of diversity‚ tolerance and inclusion in a city. It was 26th for rankings, 39th for desirability, which covers quality of life issues, including pollution, corruption and safety, and 46th for employer activity. Mumbai is 90th, New Delhi 91st.

Amongst the cities in Asia, Singapore ranks fourth, behind Seoul (4th globally), Tokyo (7th globally) and Hong Kong (11th globally). The best city in the United States to study is Boston, which places 8th worldwide.

After having led the list for four consecutive years, Paris was pushed aside by Montreal, Canada. Kyiv is the only Ukrainian city in the ranking, occupying 97th position.

On the rankings selected by the students, the Canadian capital Ottawa came out first, Shanghai was No.3, Seoul No.8 and the Kansai area of Japan No.9 just ahead of Taipei.

In the student view survey, QS said, it collected some 18,000 responses in December 2016 and January 2017.

Singapore fared well globally for "desirability" and employer activity, placing 15th and 11th overall, while the nation was also praised as a "centre of educational excellence" given the high rankings of the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University in the QS World University Rankings.

  • Leroy Wright