The most popular city in the world for international university students is Sydney
After studying the size of international student populations for its 2014 Global Cities Index, Global consultancy firm A.T. Kearney has concluded that it is not London, Paris, New York or Singapore that is the favourite destination for international students to live, learn and play.
The most popular city in the world for international university students is Sydney. The economic hub of Australia has beaten more than 83 cities including London, Paris and New York to the coveted spot.
Reporting the results of the firm’s findings, the Sydney Morning Herald noted that the federal government figures show that Sydney is home to an estimated 50,000 international students studying at the city’s universities, with another 50,000 studying vocational and English courses.
35,000 international students studied on campuses in the City of Sydney
Speaking to the newspaper Sydney Lord mayor Clover Moore said the council’s figures showed about 35,000 international students studied on campuses in the City of Sydney and more than 10,000 lived in the local government area
“Our community of international students improves the city’s prosperity and liveability,” Ms Moore said.
“Being the world’s most popular destination for international students helps build Sydney’s cultural diversity and strengthen our regional and global connections.”
Ms Moore said the international student community contributed more than $1.6 billion to the city’s economy and generated demand for 10,000 full-time jobs. “To be a competitive global city, we need a strong education and research sector,” Ms Moore said. “Sydney offers first-class education, professional experiences, cutting-edge research opportunities, a strong economy and a lifestyle that is unmatched.
“It is no wonder so many students choose to live here.”
The City of Sydney council has several programs to support international students, including a dedicated international student resource guide and an international student leadership and ambassador program designed to provide work experience, skill development, mentoring and leadership training. The program has participants from 18 countries.
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