The University of Oxford is now the top university in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. It is the first British university ever to occupy the number one spot in this global ranking. Every year the THE rankings judge the performance of 980 universities across 79 countries. Only two other institutions have headed the rankings since their inauguration thirteen years ago – California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Harvard University.
"This wonderful news recognises the extraordinary talent and dedication of all who work and study at Oxford. We are delighted with this affirmation of our global success and will be working hard to maintain our position."
Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson
The University of Oxford is a remarkable place. There are over 22,000 students at Oxford, of which 11,703 are undergraduates and 10,173 are graduate students, who all study at 38 Colleges.
The University commented: "Oxford’s top ranking reflects its all-round strength in contemporary research and teaching. Renowned as the oldest University in the English speaking world, modern Oxford is at the forefront of the full range of academic disciplines, including medical sciences, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences. Knowledge transfer and the development of new technologies are among its key priorities. University researchers have launched more than 70 companies since 2005 – more than any other university in the country, establishing the Oxford region as one of the most innovative in the UK. The University’s collegiate system lies at the heart of its success, giving students and academics the benefit of belonging both to a large, internationally renowned institution and to an intimate, interdisciplinary academic community.
The global status of Oxford’s academics has been confirmed by several other recent international awards. Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, of the University’s pre-eminent Medical Sciences Division, is to receive the prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, for his pioneering work understanding the mechanisms by which cells sense and signal hypoxia (low oxygen levels). The Mathematical Institute’s Professor Sir Andrew Wiles won the 2016 Abel Prize, regarded as mathematics' equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem."