The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) recently released their Best Student Cities rankings for 2022. In the list, Taiwan nabs two spots at 27 and 72 with Taipei and Hsinchu City,
Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) has published the World University Rankings annually since 2004 and has also supplemented the information with more comprehensive rankings, including the World University Ranking by Subject and by Region and Graduate Employability Rankings.
Cities that occupy the top ten are London, Munich, Seoul, Tokyo, Berlin, Melbourne, Zurich, Sydney, Boston, and Montreal. Among them, Seoul and Tokyo tie at the third, and Boston and Montreal at the ninth.
These Best Student Cities are generally distributed across continents with four in Europe, two in North America, two in Asia, and two in Oceania.
In the Asian region, besides Seoul and Tokyo, Hong Kong places 15th, Singapore 17th, Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe 19th, and Beijing 25th, all of which are ranked above Taiwanese cities.
According to QS, the ranking was based on “a diverse range of indicators.”
There are two prerequisites for any city to enter the list: a population over 250,000 and at least two universities featured in the latest World University Rankings.
Six categories comprise the foundation of the ranking: University rankings, Student mix, Desirability, Employer activity, Student view, and Affordability.
More detailed indicators categorized under were weighted and calculated. Afterward, each city was given a score on a scale of 100 and ranked accordingly.
According to the ranking’s introduction of Taipei, the three pivotal advantages of the city are “high standard of living, picturesque city view, and world-class education.”
It also mentioned that compared to others, living costs in Taipei are “extremely” affordable. For graduates, industries such as “IT, technology, finance, journalism, and international trade” offer abounding opportunities.
The ranking also indicated that Hsinchu City is a “great option” for “a smaller, more laid back” city life and highlighted the Hsinchu Science Park that “hires many graduates each year.”