The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of countries to compete for talent. The report ranks 118 countries according to their ability to grow, attract and retain talent. For the first time, this year’s report also includes an index on cities (Global City Talent Competitiveness Index – GCTCI), because talented individuals tend to focus less on which country to go to and more on which city to live in.
Two of the cities in which EuroTech Universities are located (DTU and TU/e) made it to the top 10 of the ranking. Following a similar methodology to the GTCI ranking, the GCTCI ranking tells us that the Copenhagen is the leader with the overall score of 74. Eindhoven took 9th place with the overall score of 57.8.
The report points out that the pattern of highly educated individuals mainly gravitating to large conurbations is a thing of the past. Although a big city’s size continues to come with many advantages in terms of jobs and connectivity, these advantages are partially outweighed by the ability of higher-level talents to operate from smaller locations. Whereas cities such as Eindhoven might once have been relegated to a Tier II or even Tier III category, in today’s landscape of European and global talent competitiveness they have emerged to take their place among the top few.