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So long Ivy League - 5 Reasons Why Sydney is the Place to Do your Degree

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Why you should study in Sydney

Sydney is the city where dreams come true for students. Ranked second globally in the City Desirability category and 13th in the list of best student cities in the world; Sydney is also home to Australia's #1 young university, the University of Technology Sydney, which is globally ranked 69th for employability.

Each year more and more international students are forgoing the usual study destinations to choose Australia, especially Sydney. Constantly emerging on top in the best student city rankings, Sydney is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, and ranks high up for economic opportunities.

And why not?! You can study in some of the best universities in the world, and be a part of an ever growing population of over 2.5 million international students, who are taking challenges head on and changing the world around them every day. You can live in city which is frequently voted one of the most student-friendly cities across the globe, and graduate with better employment prospects than anywhere else in the state of the New South Wales. In addition to that,Sydney itself makes you feel welcomed with its golden beaches, a gorgeous harbor, one of the most recognizable skylines in the world, and, most importantly, warm and friendly people.

Sydney beckons, mate!  And here's why you should go:

1. Liveability

Great weather, gorgeous infrastructure, envy-inducing coastline, a strong economy, and a student-friendly culturethese are only a few of the reasons why Sydney often ranks in the top cities to live in. Its 13th rank in the list of best student cities in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 rankings (1), and second rank globally in the Desirability category, reflects the high-quality of life the city offers and its popularity with prospective students.Universities also enjoy the advantage of prime locations. UTS, for example, is in the same precinct as that of 70% of Sydney's creative, technology, and digital industries.

UTS Alumni Anubhav Jain

Anubhav Jain, Co-founder of GoDoctor, UTS Alumnus

Anubhav Jain, co-founder of GoDoctor, a global medical collaboration platform, says his study experience in Sydney was priceless and he wouldn't change a thing. In fact, surveys will tell you that nine out of ten international students studying in Sydney would recommend the city to their friends. Will Yuan, Co-Founder & Director of Luxion Media, Beijing, China and alumnus of the University of Technology Sydney, concurs, “don’t be shy, because they’ll accept your accents, they’ll accept everything, because this is a multicultural country.”

2. High-Quality Educational Institutes

Ultimo-UTS location

UTS  is located in Ultimo, Australia's own 'Silicon Valley"

One of the biggest draws of Sydney is obviously its world-class educational institutions. The city boasts some of the top universities in the world including the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), which is ranked at no. 8 in the world (and 1st in Australia) for universities under 50 years old. The courses offered are a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical work which will make you career-ready for the future.

Anubhav Jain applauds this approach, having been a product of it. He says, "At UTS, I did a Bachelor of Computer Science, in the beautiful city of Sydney. The interactivity within the sessions, the course material versus the practical aspect of things, really helps in creating a balance."

The university you join will also encourage you to actively look for internships, travel overseas on exchange programs, and even study foreign languages.

3. Fast becoming the World’s Next Entrepreneur Capital

 Learning Spaces at UTS

At UTS, there’s a range of spaces designed to support both informal and formal learning experiences, these spaces provide opportunities for students and staff to collaborate and interact!

You've probably dreamt of starting your own venture, one that will catapult you to the big leagues. There's no other city that's better equipped to support those dreams. Sydney constantly ranks as one of the top 20 cities in the world for its start-up ecosystem (2) and is also Australia’s capital of tech start-ups.

The city is chock-a-block with co-working spaces, including ‘Total Facilities’ - Australia’s largest facilities management and workplace exhibition, and constantly hosts entrepreneurship events and meetups.

UTS Alumna Deepa Gupta

Deepa Gutpa, Founder of Jhatkaa.org, UTS alumna

Universities in the city will encourage you to be a part of its vibrant community, filled with successful entrepreneurship tales. Alumni stories give this claim validity. Take Deepa Gupta, founder of Jhatkaa.org, an Indian grassroots advocacy organization for instance.This UTS alumna says her experience was reflective of this entrepreneurial spirit, "I got to run my first campaign at UTS ... my degree taught me a lot about organizations and how to run them. I have been able to do my entire degree part time. I was able to take time off when I wanted to run my organization." Studying at UTS which is in the center of all the creative, technological and digital disruptions happening in the city can only maximize the potential of this experience.

4. Economic Growth and Career Opportunities

Sydney-Australia's Financial CapitalSydney: Australia's financial capital

Sydney has long been Australia's financial capital and is home to almost 40% of the top 500 corporations in Australia. Reports suggest that by 2026 just finance, professional services, and information media and telecommunications will make up for more than 40% of Sydney's economy (3). As an international student on a student visa, you would be eligible to work for up to 40 hours every fortnight when course is in session and unlimited hours during session breaks (4). If you're a student, the city can be the perfect hunting ground to garner experience through part-time jobs and internships, which can solidify your practical knowledge. Universities in the city are also ranked high on employability as per studies (5).

5. Multicultural, Diverse Crowd

Diverse crowd at UTS

Students at UTS enjoy a multicultural environment

 Moving to a new city, let alone a new country can be a daunting experience. Sydney is the perfect city if you're leaving home for the first time. Culturally diverse, the city is home to people of 180 different nationalities, who speak more than 140 languages. Almost 40.1% of Sydney's population was born overseas, the highest number being from England, China, India, New Zealand, and Vietnam (6).

A city like Sydney, with its world-class universities and facilities, a student-friendly ecosystem, and a large alumni network will definitely give you the head start you need, and encourage you to never settle for anything but the best. For a budding entrepreneur looking for that perfect fit to make your mark, UTS will take you to the next level.

Immerse yourself in the experiences of UTS alumni and learn more about the university here.

Sources
  1. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/qs-best-student-cities/sydney
  2. https://www.techinasia.com/startup-genome-startup-ecosystem-ranking-report-2017
  3. http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2016/sydney2026/chapter7.html
  4. https://www.studiesinaustralia.com/studying-in-australia/how-to-study-in-australia/student-visas/recent-changes-to-australian-student-visas
  5. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/university-rankings/sydney-graduates-among-worlds-most-employable/news-story/190ad238643d9da342b4968ce133fe35
  6. http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/learn/research-and-statistics/the-city-at-a-glance/metropolitan-sydney
  7. https://www.domain.com.au/news/sydney-ranked-10th-in-world-in-mercer-quality-of-life-survey-20170315-guy89c/
  8. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-job-seekers-have-far-less-competition-than-in-the-rest-of-nsw-20170326-gv6ro4.html

About Tulika Nair

Tulika Nair is a content strategist and creator with almost a decade's experience in television, print, and digital media in multiple domains including education and lifestyle. She still types her messages in complete sentences and considers incorrect use of punctuation a transgression of the highest order. If she isn't writing or doodling, you will find her with a book, music playing in the background on full volume.
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