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Oxford University named world’s top university for the 7th consecutive year

09:40 13 October in Education, News, Oxfordshire

The University of Oxford has been named the best university in the world for a record seventh consecutive year in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.

The rankings rate more than 1,600 universities from around 100 countries globally. The ratings consider 13 calibrated performance indicators, measuring each institution’s performance in five areas: teaching (learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citation (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer). Oxford University excelled in all areas and in particular strongly stood out in its international outlook compared to close peers in the United States.

It is the first university to have ever retained its place for seven years in a row under the THE’s current methodological framework, which was put in place in 2010/11. The University’s success comes shortly after it also came first in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023. It is the first University to top both the Times Higher Education and the Times rankings simultaneously.

“My colleagues and I are absolutely delighted that for the seventh consecutive year Oxford has been named the top university in the world. I am very grateful to those who work on compiling these rankings which prove so helpful to universities. Above all, I am indebted to the extraordinary women and men of Oxford whose research and teaching continues to excite our imaginations, broaden our horizons, cure disease and explore deeply difficult problems for the betterment of society. I am so proud to be associated with them.”

– Professor Dame Louise Richardson

“The University of Oxford’s retention of the number one spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the 7th year in a row is a testament, not only to the standard of excellence of the institution, but also to the consistency with which it delivers and upholds that standard. It showcases the Thames Valley region yet again, as home to the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher education, and as a most favorable location which supports and facilitates their growth.”

– Paul Britton, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO