PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur has been ranked as the world’s second most affordable student city.
Ranked the most affordable student city last year, the title has now been taken by Budapest.
Malaysia’s capital city is also ranked 37th in the top 100 cities for tertiary students to live in, rising four places from 2017.
The city was among those ranked in the annual QS Best Student Cities 2018 released on Wednesday (May 9).
Tokyo, at second spot, ranked highest among Asian cities.
In the global list, London tops the rest followed by Tokyo and Melbourne.
QS Quacquarelli Symonds research director Ben Sowter said Kuala Lumpur has reached its highest-ever position, offering the strongest proposition to students it has ever has done
“Underlying this record-breaking success is the improving performance of its universities in our flagship QS World University Rankings – Universiti Malaya reached a record high of 114th in the most recent edition – but students coming to Kuala Lumpur know that they’re living somewhere that won’t break the bank, and somewhere that has received positive feedback from students in the city,” he said in an interview.
The ranking of the cities, compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds which produces the annual QS World University Rankings, is based on performance in six indicators : rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and student view.
He said QS considered 489 cities for inclusion, and have featured the top 100 in the published ranking.
“The results account for 50,000 responses to QS’s student survey – over double the number included in the 2017 edition,” he added.