Oxford becomes the first British university ever to occupy top position in the global table, which judges the performance of 980 universities across 79 countries.
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.