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Good news for Bengalurians! The city has topped the '2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings' and has beaten Mumbai, which was the last year's winner.
The evaluation was conducted based on six indicators- the number of top-ranked universities, quality of life, students ratio in the city's population, job opportunities after graduation, affordability by the students, and feedback from the students themselves.
While Bengaluru stands at 81st position, Mumbai is at 85th, followed by Delhi at 113th and Chennai at 115th position.
Out of a total of 120 cities in the list, it was London that ranked 1, Asia and Tokyo ranked 2nd, Seoul stands on the 10th position, followed by Hong Kong on 14th, and Shanghai on 33rd.
Bengaluru is a hub of reputed universities and research institutes like the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore (IIMB), and is also a hotspot for start-ups.
It is beyond doubt that this city is also considered as one of the most affordable locations in the Best Student Cities index. Thanks to its low cost living and tuition fees, this city stands at the severnh position for the affordability indicator. The website also mentioned, "A meal can cost as little as 150 rupees and a one-way ticket on public transport only costs 30 rupees."
About 87000 international students came forward to add their feedback, which has helped Bengaluru to stand out from rest of the Indian cities.
The research director at Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Ben Sowter said to MSN, "Our ranking looks at cities that are attractive to students and in particular, to the international ones. As India's main priority is to meet its domestic, rapid growth access in terms of higher education, some of our criteria penalize the Indian megalopolis featured. However, it is encouraging to see Bengaluru's debut at the top of the national list and to see Mumbai growing in popularity among students. Both Delhi and Chennai perform very well on the affordability criterion, an aspect that it is essential to sustain the internal demand for university education."