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Dublin Named One of the Best Student Cities in the World by QS Ranking

Posted on 28 November 2013

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After ranking Trinity College Dublin 61st in the World University Rankings for 2013, the QS rankings have released their results for the world’s Best Student Cities and once again Dublin is placed among the leaders. Dublin has been in the top twenty for the past several years and is the only city in Ireland to make the list.  Ranked in fifteenth place, is tied with Vienna, Austria.  Among English-speaking cities, Dublin ranks eighth in the world, aided by the youth of the population and the opportunities available to students in Ireland’s capital city.

The cities included in the QS listings had to have at least two universities that appeared in the QS World University rankings, as well as a population of at least 250,000. Using these two prerequisites, 98 cities in the world qualified for consideration. The published rankings present the top 50 of those cities.

The rankings are based on a number of criteria including affordability, employer activity, university rankings, student mix and quality of living. Dublin’s highest score came on student mix, for which the city received a 92% mark. The student mix indicator is designed to measure the student make-up of the city, combining student population at ranked universities as a proportion of the city’s population, the volume of international students, and the ratio of international to domestic students. Trinity College Dublin’s city-centre location attracts large numbers of students to Dublin city, helping keep Dublin’s student mix score high. Also helping Dublin’s overall ranking is the quality of living score, measured by combining the results of the Mercer Quality of Living Survey of 2011 with a new measure, the Globalization and World Cities Index. Dublin scored 80% for quality of life.

Commenting on Dublin as an educational destination, BrunoLustoza, a Trinity student from Brazil said: “Dublin is a fantastic place pulsing with culture, history and art.  The people are so welcoming, I feel at home here.”