University tops World University Rankings

The University of Oxford has become the first British university ever to occupy top position in the global table, which judges 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. Times Higher Education describes the World University Rankings as the only international league table to assess universities across all activities, analysing their teaching, research, citations, industry collaboration and international outlook.

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 educational research, with the Department of Education  recognized as the leading UK department in its field in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, commented: “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.”

Further information at http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-09-21-oxford-ranked-first-among-global-universities

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