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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 26th

Home to two of the world’s top 50 universities, and several others in the top 500, China’s capital is a good showcase for the country’s growing higher education strengths.

In the QS World University Rankings® 2018, China’s two highest entries are Tsinghua University (25th) and Peking University (joint 38th) – both based in Beijing. Also within the world’s top 600 are the city's Beijing Normal UniversityBeihang University and Renmin (People’s) University of China.

Beijing still has a little way to go before its universities catch up with Singapore’s NUS or NTU (ranked 11th and 15th in the world), but its leading institution does beat Hong Kong’s highest-ranked university, the University of Hong Kong (26th), consolidating its place among Asia’s hottest study-abroad destinations. With notably strong ratings from domestic and international employers, Beijing’s universities are also producing graduates highly valued in the workplace.

Beijing is certainly not a destination for those looking for a ‘small-town’ feel. But if you like the idea of studying in a city with strong international career opportunities, while keeping a finger to the pulse of one of the world’s fastest-developing countries, then this dynamic metropolis at the center of the world’s most populous nation could be for you.

The city receives its highest scores in the rankings and employer activity indicators of the QS Best Student Cities ranking, reflecting its strength as a recruitment ground for graduate employers. Beijing also received praise in our student survey, with one respondent commenting: “This city is research-oriented and everywhere you will see science and ideas.” Another said, “I can meet different people coming near and afar. They have the best quality education faculty and facilities here.”

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