Oxford was followed in the THE World Rankings 2024 by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which placed second and third, respectively.
This year’s rating considers 18 calibrated performance indicators measuring each university’s performance in five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research environment (volume, income and reputation); research quality (citation impact, research strength, research excellence and research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry (income and patents). Oxford University excelled in all areas while strongly standing out in research environment and quality, teaching and industry, based on how often a university’s research is cited in patents.
Oxford’s ranking was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey, who said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Oxford has been once again named the top university in the world. Eight years of leading the Times Higher Education world rankings is a testament to the impactful research we conduct that tackles some of the grand challenges facing people and the planet as well as the exceptional standards of teaching we deliver that will continue to inspire generations to come. I am filled with admiration for my colleagues and gratitude for all their efforts that propel this unique institution forwards.”