Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher has welcomed news that Canberra has risen 16 places in the QS Best Student Cities 2015, the biggest jump of all six Australian cities represented.
Canberra entered the London-based institute’s ranking of the top 50 cities for students last year with a ranking of 37, climbing to 21 this year. Rankings are based on a number of categories including university rankings, diversity of students or student mix, affordability and desirability.
“It comes as no surprise that Canberra is a desirable city for students. We have a large and internationally diverse student population and we are home to the QS’s highest ranked Australian university, the Australian National University,” the Chief Minister said
“As a city we rated highly in “desirability” which was expanded this year to include city life such as safety, pollution, corruption and social progress. This reaffirms our status as the world’s most liveable cities.
“Canberra offers a unique study experience to students with access to world class education institutions, opportunities to engage with national government and easy access to our national cultural institutions.
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“This is a fantastic result for Canberra and shows the importance of Canberra’s sister-school relationships with a number of Chinese universities, the Study Canberra program and the ACT Government’s strong relationship with our world class universities,” the Chief Minister concluded.
The complete listing of the QS Best Student Cities 2015 can be viewed here.
(Katy Gallagher Media Release)