KUALA Lumpur is ranked as the world’s most affordable student city.
Malaysia’s capital city is also ranked 41st in the top 100 cities for tertiary students to live in.
The city was among those ranked in the annual QS Best Student Cities 2017 released on Tuesday. It moved up eight places from its position last year.
Seoul, at fourth spot, ranked highest among Asian cities.
In the global list, Montreal tops the rest followed by Paris and London.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh congratulated Kuala Lumpur for being voted as the most affordable city.
He said he was glad that Kuala Lumpur has improved its position as a top education city for students.
“This recognition is testament to the efforts taken by the Government and higher education institutions in making Malaysia a top education destination,” he said.
QS Intelligence Unit head of research Ben Sowter said: “This recognises the importance of affordability for most prospective students and their families. It draws on a range of sources to give an indication of how affordable a city is likely to be, when tuition fees and general living expenses are considered.”
The ranking of the cities, compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds which produces the annual QS World University Rankings, is based on performance in six composite indicators, namely desirability, rankings, student mix, employer activity, affordability, and, for the first time, student view.
The student view indicator is based on the survey responses of 18,000 students worldwide.
Students were asked to name the city in which they would most like to study, their experience studying in a particular city, and their intention to remain there post-graduation.
Forty percent of surveyed graduates expressed willingness to stay in Kuala Lumpur after their study period ended.
Sowter said 125 cities met the minimal entry requirements (population of over 250,000 and at least two local universities in the Top 800 of the QS World University Rankings) and of those, 100 were ranked.
For more information, visit http://www.topuniversities.com/city-rankings/2017.