Paris tops the chart of student cities

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parisParis is the best city for students, according to this year’s QS world university rankings.

Melbourne is the second most student-friendly city (fifth last year), while the high cost of living in London has seen it fall a place in the rankings, from second to third.

The only other British cities to make it into this year’s top 50 are Edinburgh (26), Manchester (29), and Coventry (45).

The table is compiled by assigning cities scores based on their student mix, quality of living, affordability, employer activity and desirability.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “[The cities data] provides students with a complementary tool to university rankings. After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location.”

To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. In all, 116 cities in the world qualify on this basis.

Twenty-nine countries are represented in top 50: the US has eight cities on the list, followed by Australia (6), the UK (4) and Canada and Japan with three apiece. Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia nine, Oceania seven and South America two.

London’s drop in position this year is mostly down to its high cost of living, says Sowter. “London is an amazing city for students and the only city in the world to come top in two out of five of our indicator categories.

“However, affordability is a key factor for many international students and thus for us here as well, and perhaps due to the relative strength of the UK economy, more than half of London’s dropped points are in this category.”

Edinburgh’s position has improved by six places on last year’s performance, Manchester has held steady, while Coventry makes it into the top 50 for the first time, owing to its very high score for student diversity.

The top ten student cities

  1. (1) Paris
  2. (5) Melbourne
  3. (2) London
  4. (4) Sydney
  5. (7) Hong Kong
  6. (8) Boston
  7. (17) Tokyo
  8. (9) Montreal
  9. (13) Toronto
  10. (14) Seoul

• See the full rankings and scores breakdown

Source:, First published on November 25, 2014

Dubai doctors awarded Harvard scholarships

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Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Medical Education Department, in association with Harvard Medical School, has granted 15 scholarships to DHA medical professionals.

The scholarships have been granted for the Introduction to Clinical Research Training programme (ICRT).

Dr Jameela Shaikh, Acting-Director of Medical Education, DHA, said: “We firmly believe in the importance of ongoing medical education, especially because medicine is an ever-evolving field and it is important to be up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine. We also consider medical research to be vital as it lays the foundation for new innovations and advances in the field which directly better patient outcomes.”

Dr Mahera Abdul Rahman Ameer, Project Manager at DHA’s Medical Education Department, said: “This programme provides an introduction to key skills and knowledge in clinical research using an innovative educational model. The ICRT programme is a six-month certificate programme consisting of online lectures, webinars and workshops. The programme’s blended curriculum emphasises skill-based and team-based peer-to-peer learning.”

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Hong Kong moves up to No 5 in ranking of best cities for international students

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By Ng Kang-chung

Hong Kong has moved up two places to become the world's fifth-best city for international students, according to London-based institution-assessment agency QS Quacquarelli Symonds' annual report.  The city also tops Singapore in Asia in terms of affordable tuition fees, safety and living quality.

The city lost out to four European and Australian cities - Paris, Melbourne, London, and Sydney, which took the first to fourth places respectively.

Hong Kong's overall score of 387 beat Sydney's by just one point. Paris scored 412.

Hong Kong also replaced Singapore as the best city for students in Asia. The Lion City, the world's No 3 in last year's report, slid to 15th this year.

Read more: Hong Kong moves up to No 5 in ranking of best cities for international students

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