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Besides being ranked as the most liked city by students in Australia, Melbourne has also emerged as home to two of the top 10 Australian universities in 2018, according to the latest world university ranking report.
The Center for World University Rankings released their annual Top Universities across the world list on Monday.
For the seventh year in a row Harvard was ranked as the top global university, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology at number three.
The University of Melbourne was ranked at number 57 on the world list but was ranked number one in Australia, followed by the University of Sydney and University of Queensland.
Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students, who now make up more than a quarter of enrolments at some universities.
According to the Department of Education and Training, Australia had enrolled 578,760 international students up untill March this year.
While China is the biggest source of international students at 31 per cent, Indian students comprised 12 per cent of the total intake.
According to the CWUR, the top 10 universities in Australia are:
- University of Melbourne
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland
- Australian National University
- University of New South Wales
- Monash University
- University of Western Australia
- University of Adelaide
- Queensland University of Technology
- Macquarie University
In the fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, released in May this year, Melbourne rose from fifth to third on the list behind London, and Tokyo.
31-year-old Deepti Aggarwal, a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne says she believes Melbourne is a great place for international students because “not only the university but the city itself is a great place to spend some memorable years of your life.”
The young researcher, who recently made national headlines for her ‘smart socks’ invention says she has thoroughly enjoyed her four years as a university PhD candidate with some beautiful memories to cherish throughout her life.
“I felt well-supported throughout my candidature. Towards the end of my candidature, I received significant support and enthusiasm from the university (particularly, the media team) to communicate my research to a wider audience through different media outlets - which I cannot anticipate in some other university.
“The university has a great multi-cultural education environment with great support for students from different nations,”
In 2016, the value of the international student market in Australia increased 22 per cent and was worth $32.2 billion a year.