University of Oxford


Teaching existed at Oxford in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167. Today, Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research. In 2016, Oxford was named as the top university in the world in the Times Higher Education global ranking – the first British university to achieve this. The University has over 22,000 students including over 11,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduates, and over 5,000 academic and research staff. Oxford has connections with virtually every country in the world. Their students come from 150 countries and the academic staff from 98. Academic research collaboration spans all regions of the globe, and tackles issues of major global significance. Their international presence includes more than 60,000 alumni in 194 countries outside the UK.


The University of Oxford aims to lead the world in research and education. It seeks to do this in ways which benefit society on a national and a global scale. It builds on the University’s long traditions of independent scholarship and academic freedom while fostering a culture in which innovation plays an important role. It aims to develop their capacity to generate and share knowledge in the UK, Europe, and globally, ensuring significant contributions to public policy-making and economic growth and to work effectively with other institutions and organisations, where such partnerships can lead to outstanding research and teaching. It aims to recruit and retain the best academic staff and ensure that under-represented groups have equality of opportunity in recruitment, personal development, and career progression in all areas of employment in the University. They ensure a quality of education and experience which enables students to apply the values, skills, and intellectual discipline they have acquired in their future lives and careers. They wish to fulfil their aim that no potential student should be deterred from applying to Oxford by financial or other barriers.

Geographic Focus

UK, USA, China and Japan, rest of the world

Programme Areas

The University of Oxford is active worldwide across the broadest range of disciplines and, with Oxford University Press, their global involvement in education from pre-school level onwards puts them in a unique position to influence and engage with the world. This global reach in itself draws students and staff of the highest international calibre to the University, taking Oxford’s way of engaging with the world with them when they depart. Its major areas of interest and activities include higher education provision, teaching and research.

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