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University playing vital role in city’s success

The University has been praised in a new survey that ranks Edinburgh as one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.

The poll by property firm Savills says the University has been a key contributor to Edinburgh’s ninth place ranking.

It highlights the University’s expertise in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, science and engineering.

Six categories

The index assessed 130 European cities on 60 indicators across six categories – innovation, inspiration, inclusion, interconnection, investment and infrastructure.

The index ranks Edinburgh fourth in Europe for inclusion and fifth for inspiration.

Savills say the city’s high performance in these areas is supported by the contribution of the University.

Strong showing

The poll puts Edinburgh ahead of many bigger rivals, including Madrid, Brussels, Milan, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

Edinburgh is ranked third in the UK, behind London, which came top of the Europe-wide list, and Cambridge, which was third overall.

Other UK cities ranked include Oxford (14th), Bristol (25th), Manchester (27th) and Birmingham (30th).

Educational strength

According to Savills, Europe’s top-performing cities have strong infrastructure investments, high-quality universities, and innovative businesses capable of attracting a global workforce.

The report also highlights how successful cities create partnerships across business, education and the public sector.

Europe’s most dynamic cities are future-proofing themselves by creating environments that encourage the growth of a ‘knowledge economy,’ something we are seeing increasing evidence of from Edinburgh.

Kiran PatelChief investment officer, Savills

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Savills Dynamic City report