Sydney is the world’s most popular city to study in, according to a new index that shows it attracts more international students than anywhere else.
The global consulting firm AT Kearney put Sydney ahead of 83 other cities, including London and New York, after studying the size of their international student population for its 2014 Global Cities Index.
Sydney is estimated to host 50,000 visiting university students, with another 50,000 studying vocational and English courses. About 35,000 study on campuses in the City of Sydney and more than 10,000 live in the local government area.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Sydney gains economically, culturally and socially from having a diverse community with such strong links to the rest of the world.
“Our community of international students improves the city’s prosperity and liveability,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Being the world’s most popular destination for international students helps build Sydney’s cultural diversity and strengthen our regional and global connections. The international student community contributes over $1.6 billion to the City’s economy and generates demand for 10,000 full time equivalent jobs.
“To be a competitive global city, we need a strong education and research sector. 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 recognises international students’ significant contribution to Sydney’s global talent hub.
The City has extensive programs to support international students experiences, including an official welcome by the Lord Mayor, 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 currently has 26 participants from 18 countries.
Sydney’s universities lead the way in many areas of research – from biomedical research to economic and social policy. Their close links with business, meaning students get real industry experience as part of their degree.
Studying in Australia’s commercial capital also provides students with more job opportunities, as the majority of multinational corporations operating in Australia have based their regional headquarters in Sydney.
Graduates from universities in Sydney include some of Australia’s and the world’s most successful academics, specialists and business figures. This includes five Nobel Laureates, six Prime Ministers and two Governors-General.
The latest publication of the AT Kearney index is due recognition of the City’s long-standing commitment to the welcoming, wellbeing and inclusion of the international student community.
More information can be found in the A.T. Kearney 2014 Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook – page 10.