Here are the world’s top 10 cities for tech-based studies

A brand-new index from Business Fibre has revealed the most lucrative hubs for technology research and education

Research by Business Fibre (BF) has unveiled the top 10 cities worldwide for supporting aspiring technology professionals in their studies.

Analysing 34 of the world’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) capital cities, BF sought to uncover the globe’s most lucrative regions for today’s tech students. The index used a number of key metrics, including the number of universities offering technology and engineering programmes; total tech companies and employees in each city; monthly living costs; and the cities investing in the most tech-related research.

The world’s top 10 cities to be a tech student

  1. London, UK
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Jerusalem, Israel
  4. Bern, Switzerland
  5. Seoul, South Korea
  6. Stockholm, Sweden
  7. Paris, France
  8. Canberra, Australia
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Tokyo, Japan
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Top cities for tech-focused research

Delving into the research spend for each respective city, the study also shines a light on those that are most invested in technology research, calculated by looking at the percentage of the total GDP spent on research.

Rank City Research Spend (% of total GDP)
1 Jerusalem, Israel 4.8
2 Seoul, Korea 4.3
3 Bern, Switzerland 3.4
4 Stockholm, Sweden 3.4
5 Tokyo, Japan 3.2
6 Berlin, Germany 3.1
7 Copenhagen, Denmark 3.1
8 Vienna, Austria 3
9 Helsinki, Finland 2.7
10 Brussels, Belgium 2.7

Jerusalem came out top for research, ranking well across all metrics which contributed to its status as the third-best city for tech students. Seoul and Bern claimed second and third respectively in this category, further cementing their positions in the overall top 10.

Top 10 universities for tech-based studies

Here, BF evaluated metrics such as the total number of students, faculty staff and international students. This, paired with each institution’s global subject ranking for engineering and technology helped form the top 10 tech universities in the world.

Rank University Worldwide ranking (Engineering and Tech 2020) City
1 Imperial College London 7 London, UK
2 Technical University of Munich 25 Berlin, Germany
3 Technion – Israel Institute of Technology 179 Jerusalem, Israel
4 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 4 Bern, Switzerland
5 Seoul National University 22 Seoul, Korea
6 KTH Royal Institute of Technology 30 Stockholm, Sweden
7 Ecole Polytechnique 57 Paris, France
8 The Australian National University 71 Canberra, Australia
9 Sapienza University of Rome 127 Rome, Italy
10 The University of Tokyo 21 Tokyo, Japan

“With technology arguably being the fastest-growing and most profitable industry in the world, we wanted to find the best cities in the world to be a tech student, as well as the top cities funding technology-related research,” said Ian Wright, managing director of BF’s parent company, Brilliant British LTD.

“It’s clear from the research that London, Berlin and Jerusalem are the best cities for students, while Seoul and Bern join Jerusalem at the top for investing in technology-related research.

“For those who don’t want to spend a ton of money on their education, Seoul National University is a great option that offers a lower living cost while still having a good global university ranking.”

Click here to view the full index.

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