Moscow entered the top-10 of the IESE Cities in Motion rating in terms of human capital and urban planning

In 2020, Moscow significantly improved its position in the IESE Cities in Motion rating of the most dynamically developing cities in the world.

This year, Moscow entered the top ten cities in the world in terms of human capital and urban planning in the Cities in Motion ranking of the dynamically developing cities of the University of Navarra Business School (IESE). At the same time, in the category of "Urban planning" the Russian capital rose from 22nd to 6th place in one year, said Vladimir Yefimov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.

“The Human Capital category compares cities in terms of the number of public and private schools, business schools in the Financial Times Top 100, universities in the QS Top 500, international students, number of museums, galleries and theaters, share of population with secondary and higher education, the annual level of spending on recreation and entertainment. In this category, Moscow successfully competes with such megalopolises as, for example, Tokyo and Chicago,” said the vice mayor.  
The urban planning category assesses, in particular, the number of bike rental points, development indicators, high-rise buildings and low-rise buildings, the average number of people per household, etc. For this category, Moscow entered the top 10 along with London, New York, Washington. “The Russian capital has also strengthened its positions in the categories of social cohesion, international relations and image, and the environment,” added Vladimir Yefimov.  
“The Cities in Motion rating evaluates the quality of life in 174 cities in all regions of the world. This year Moscow took 87th place, ahead of Dubai, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Cape Town and other world cities. The top 5 ranking includes London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Reykjavik,” said Kirill Purtov, Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Department for Economic Policy and City Development.

Cities are ranked according to nine criteria: "Economy", "Human capital", "Social cohesion", "Environment", "Governance", "Urban planning", "International projection", "Technology", "Mobility and Transportation". The ranking covers a wide range of indicators - from labor productivity to the number of Twitter users in the city. It has been published annually since 2012; Moscow first appeared in the ranking in 2014.

“In the 2020 report, the authors highlighted the shortcomings of the ranking methodology when applied to assessing cities. Therefore, to provide a comparative analysis for all cities in terms of the “sharing economy” indicator, the authors assess the availability of Glovo or Uber services in the city and do not take into account local initiatives such as Delivery Club and Yandex.Food. It can be expected that the approach to assessment will change in the future, and Moscow will be able to increase its position on this indicator,” the minister added.