Oxford University has become the first British institution ever to come top of the global Times Higher Education rankings.
In a momentous achievement for UK academia, the university rose from second in the 2015-2016 rankings to dethrone California Institute of Technology (CalTech) for first place.
As the oldest in the English-speaking world, and alma mater of figures including Bill Clinton, Theresa May and Stephen Hawking, Oxford has never ceased to delight and astound tourists from around the world, many of whom opt to see the university through Footprints’ legendary Oxford University Walking Tour.
The Times Higher Education table – considered the authoritative measure of the standards of higher education institutions worldwide – is compiled with attention to teaching, research, citations, and international outlook.
Oxford Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson greeted the news and paid tribute to Oxford staff, saying: “Any university is only as good as the academics it can attract.”
Richardson added: “The key is for universities to provide an environment in which these academics are valued, in which young academics are supported and in which all are free to set their own research agendas.”0