Auckland has been named one of the top 20 best cities in the world for students in 2016.
Published annually, the QS Best Student Cities index showcases the best urban destinations for international students, based on a diverse range of indicators grouped into five key categories. These categories are: university rankings, affordability, student mix, desirability, and employer activity.
Auckland has moved up four places this year, to 18th equal with Brisbane, and is the only New Zealand city to feature in the top 20. This shift has largely been driven by a high score for ‘student mix’, reflecting the large and diverse student community, combined with an inclusive and tolerant culture.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager Destination and Marketing Vivien Bridgwater says these rankings highlight the city’s growing popularity for students from overseas.
Education sector is thriving
“The upwards shift in the QS index and the results revealed in the latest Education New Zealand International Education Snapshot show the sector is thriving. Auckland received more than 65,000 international enrolments between January and August 2015, up 15 per cent (8,311) compared to the same period in 2014,” she says.
“Aside from the direct spending on fees, accommodation and living costs, students are often visited by family and friends, and they take part in tourist experiences, making them great ambassadors for Auckland. These students can also help fill Auckland’s current shortage of skilled workers. ATEED works with partners to ensure the right pathways are put in place to keep talented students in the region after their studies.”
Ultimate mix of education and lifestyle
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says, “International students are worth more than $1.6 billion to the Auckland economy and this value has been increasing annually.
“It’s fantastic to see Auckland shifting up in the international rankings and with a 62 per cent share of the New Zealand market is firmly in front as the top choice for international students,” he says.
“Auckland is an exciting place to live and learn for international students, offering the benefits of both a world-class education system and the ultimate lifestyle, and we look forward to welcoming even more students in the years to come.”