If you want to know what the best universities in the world are – a vital consideration for would-be students when choosing where they should apply – then Times Higher Education has got your back. For more than a decade, we’ve been publishing the most authoritative global university league tables in the world. Now, our ranking data have been analysed by academics at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute to find out if there are any cities where the top universities congregate.
The findings, published on The Atlantic CityLab website, produce some expected and some not-so-expected results. If you were asked to name the best student cities in the world, you might think of the likes of London and New York.
But would Atlanta or Seoul be on your “top student cities” list? If not, you may well want to reconsider. They have some of the highest concentrations of great universities in the world – so if your idea of being in one of the best student cities involves being close to thousands of other smart undergraduates (and postgrads, for that matter) then you might be about to broaden your search. First, the MP Institute analysis looked at the world’s top 100 universities, as identified by the THE World University Rankings. Here’s what they found.