This new ranking helps in cementing Manchester as a top international city, with the growth of the city going from strength to strength, and is a clear indicator in the city’s ability to attract interest from further afield.
The University of Manchester
The University is the UK’s largest single-site University with approximately 40,000 and more than 4,700 FTE academic and research staff.
The University has a rich academic heritage with more than 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students. Ernest Rutherford split the atom at the University, the world’s first modern computer was built there in 1948 and graphene was also discovered in Manchester.
Furthermore, Manchester is the UK’s best performing institution in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, which is the only global performance tables that evaluates universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Top University for Employability
Students graduating from the University of Manchester are highly employable, with the University among the best in the world for employability, ranking 57th in the Times Higher Education Global University Ranking 2019, 35th in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2019 and named the most targeted institution by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers for the third year in a row by The Graduate Market in 2020.
Manchester is the second most popular destination for graduates to move to, after London, whilst also having the second highest graduate retention of 51.5% of student’s securing their first job here, according to centreforcities – and much of the attraction over recent years for graduates is can be explained by the wide breadth of jobs available as entry level jobs.
What’s more, the affordable cost of living, renting and transport is a major factor, as well as the ever-expanding restaurant and bar scene which is growing three times faster than its London equivalent, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The University of Manchester welcomes over 40,000 students a year across 160 countries to the city-based campus, highlighting the multicultural environment that Manchester offers. This means that Manchester is ranked 23rd for international student cities according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The ranking is based on a survey of 18,000 international students and factors such as safety, liveability and employment of students.
Chinese student’s make up 5,000 of the international student population and can enjoy Manchester’s Chinatown, which is the second largest in the UK. Centred around the impressive imperial arch and popular for its numerous restaurants, Asian supermarkets and year-round events, Chinatown fills the area with vibrant colours and flavours.
Manchester continues to grow its reputation as a global city. With a university that reflects the pioneering and passionate attitude of the city, graduates that are highly employable who stay to work and invest in the city, it is easy to see why Manchester is a world class city, with a higher education system to match.