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Four Russian cities ranked among the world’s best student cities again

August 6, 2019

Four Russian cities have been ranked among the top destinations to study internationally in the latest edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking published by consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

Overall, Moscow was ranked 34th in the world. Russia’s capital is accompanied in the top 100 by Saint Petersburg (66th), Tomsk (73th) and Novosibirsk (92th). Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk have improved their performance, having been ranked 10 and 4 spots respectively higher from last year. Tomsk improved its ranking by one position.

The performance of Russian cities on this international platform has helped strengthen the position of the country as a study destination and promote Russian leading universities on the global research and education market.

The cities included in this year’s ranking are home to 12 of Russia’s top universities participating in Project 5-100: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Novosibirsk State University (NSU), National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (NUST MISIS), Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE), National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” (MEPhI), RUDN University, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" (ETU “LETI), Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Tomsk State University (TSU), Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), and ITMO University. The Russian capital has been consistently strengthening its standings due to the high number of top-ranked universities operating in the city. In 2016 Moscow was ranked 24th, in 2017 it climbed up to the 21st spot, in 2018 it took the 12th place, while in 2019 Moscow made it to the top 10.

Project 5-100 universities from Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg and Tomsk have been also improving theirs international standing and strengthening their competitiveness among the world's leading research and education centers in the recent years. These cities are home to a number of Russia’s top universities featured in the most prestigious international rankings.

London has remained the world’s leading student city for the second year in a row due to the high number of top universities present in the city, its high levels of employer activity and student diversity, and the regard in which it is held by the global student body. Tokyo came second, and Melbourne was ranked third.

The QS Best Student Cities ranking considers such factors as the university rankings, student mix, employer activity, desirability, affordability, student view.
To be considered for inclusion, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings.

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