Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
This resulted in police creating a security perimeter on the school grounds, near where the package was located. The school told everyone to "avoid area around Arts, Dawson Hall and Leacock buildings at this time."
Then, at 10:49 a.m., McGill let the public know that the "incident" was over.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois Comtois said the tactical squad deemed the package not to be dangerous after analyzing it.
The security perimeter police made this morning was removed and the buildings that were evacuated have reopened.
In a tweet shared at 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, McGill University announced that two of its buildings were being evacuated due to an "incident."
UPDATE: McGill announced the incident is over. The SPVM determined the suspicious package is not dangerous. The three closed buildings, Leacock, Dawson Hall and the McCall MacBain Arts building, have reopened.
EARLIER: MTL Blog spoke with SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois, who confirmed that the Montreal police received a call about a "suspicious package" on McGill's campus on Tuesday.
At 9:30 a.m., Comtois said that police were currently on the school grounds "preventively." She said there is "no information" that the object is "threatening," but "[they're] not taking any chances. So for now it's a preventive intervention."
Police have made a perimeter near where the object was found and, at the time of writing this article, experts were on their way to analyze the object. Once they give their expertise, they'll be able to determine if the object is threatening or not.
Since the police perimeter is on campus, there will be no impact on traffic in the city.
The Skytrax World Airport Awards are globally recognized, and Montreal's airport authority called them a "benchmark of quality" within the airport industry. This survey was conducted from August 2020 until July 2021, and Skytrax pays for all operating costs.
Mayor Valérie Plante and her party, Projet Montréal, committed Tuesday to "stimulate the construction" of 2,000 new affordable student housing units in Montreal "as early as 2022" — after the November 2021 municipal election.
"Montreal is one of the top 10 university cities in the world. If it wants to stay that way, we have to protect the affordability of housing," Plante said in a statement.
"The attractiveness of the city, our ability to attract talent and therefore our economic development depend on it."
The administration plans to use what's called its "first right of refusal" — essentially first dibs on a property — to "acquire land dedicated to affordable housing in areas near major post-secondary institutions."
It also plans to support non-profit initiatives and push for student housing in large projects like the conversion of the old Royal Victoria hospital.
Projet Montréal plans to acquire land for the student housing between 2022 and 2025.