University of Oxford retains top spot in world rankings for sixth consecutive year
In a year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the rankings reflect the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis as a number of institutions around the world saw significant boosts in their citation scores (a measure of a university’s research influence and impact in spreading new knowledge and ideas) from Covid-19 focused research.
The University of Oxford is renowned for research excellence, having the largest volume of world-leading research in the country and being home to some of the most talented people across the globe. The university’s research activities involve more than 1,900 academic staff, more than 5,800 research and research support staff, and more than 6,300 graduate research students.
“My colleagues and I are absolutely delighted to have achieved the top ranking again. There are many great universities around the world, and we are proud to be in their company.
“This past year has demonstrated to our publics, our governments, and even to ourselves just how much universities can contribute to society. The vaccine Oxford developed is being distributed in over 170 countries and over a billion doses have been manufactured. Together our universities have made the strongest possible case for renewed public investment in research universities.”
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
This year’s rankings – based on a methodology that includes analysis of 14.4 million research publications, a survey of 22,000 academics around the world and data on teaching, research – saw a record 1,662 universities from 99 countries and regions appear in the table.
“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 consistently prove that the Thames Valley is home to some of the world’s very best higher education systems. The University of Oxford has retained the top position for six years, highlighting the significant and continued success of the region as the UK’s most competitive location outside of London. With the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit, we must work harder than ever to ensure that this historic institution, and other academic centres of excellence based here in the Thames Valley continue to thrive and lead globally.”
Paul Britton, CEO, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
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