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Oxford University claims top world ranking for third successive year

15:18 27 September in News, Oxfordshire

Oxford University has claimed the top spot in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, with Oxford first among the 1258 universities assessed worldwide, including 98 from the United Kingdom.

The Times Higher rankings are described as the only international league table which assesses universities for all their activities, considering teaching, research, citations, industry collaboration and international outlook. Oxford was highly rated on all factors, reflecting its all-round strength at the forefront of the full range of academic disciplines, spanning medical sciences, science and engineering, humanities and social sciences.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “We’re deeply gratified by this result but also delighted to see how strongly British and other European universities have performed. As we in the UK face the great unknown that is Brexit we look forward to ever deeper cooperation with colleagues abroad. It has never been more important that we engage internationally in furtherance of the themes of this year’s World Academic Summit in Singapore – advancing knowledge, driving the economy, and recognising the transformative power of academic research.”

Paul Britton, Chief Executive of the Thames Valley Chamber commented: “This is great news for the University of Oxford, and the Thames Valley as a whole.  It’s another strong endorsement and reflects the true position of the area as the UK’s most competitive region, outside of London, and one the UK Government needs to continue to invest in.

“The strength of the Thames Valley economy is certainly no accident. Centres of Excellence, including the University of Oxford, help commercialise products and create the greatest return on investment for our business community. Our success also relies on strong Government support and continued investment, most notably in key infrastructure projects that require their commitment to fund and deliver, including the third runway and Western Rail Access to Heathrow.”

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.

In 2017, the United Kingdom became home to the world’s top two universities for the first time in the history of the table, with the University of Cambridge in second position.