Mayor Boris Johnson backed universities in the capital, while leading the largest London trade mission undertaken to New York, after research by Google revealed US students searched for London more than any other city for university education.

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He was speaking at one of a series of events at the Museum of the City of New York event called ‘London: Connecting you with the World’, organised by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP), a collaboration of 18 London higher education institutions including St George’s, seeking to promote the city internationally.

Each of the 18 LUIP institutions were featured in short films focussed on distinctive areas of teaching and research in their universities. St George’s video focussed on our Sports Cardiology expertise and can be viewed here.

Dr Iain MacPhee, Associate Dean, International Education, who attended the LUIP events, explained: "the interest in London from university representatives, students and guests in New York was palpable and we were able to share our recent experience in attracting significantly higher numbers of US students to Tooting.

"The Mayor spoke passionately about our city’s many strengths; like him, we look forward to welcoming more students from the New York area to study in London."

The Google analysis places London ahead of Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Singapore as the favourite place for US students to study The research also revealed that universities in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge dominate internet searches.

Boris Johnson said: “Google have used their search data to prove what we’ve known for years - that US students love to come to London”. London is the most popular city in the world for US students, outside North America with nearly 30,000 studying in the city.

“It is no wonder we are the number one destination for US students studying abroad because London offers world class universities, has heritage and culture oozing from every pore and is the gateway from which to explore the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe.”

The trade mission to the US also highlighted the ‘Leaders of the Future Programme’ which aims to provide students and industry a chance to develop global leadership skills.