The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provides a league of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.

Entry standards are high and admissions are competitive; in 2015 there were 18,000 undergraduate applications for only 3,200 placesMore than 30 world leaders, 26 British prime ministers, 26 Nobel prizewinners and more than 120 Olympic medallists were educated at Oxford


In this year's Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Oxford has come first.
 
It is the first time in the thirteen year history of the rankings that a UK institution has been number one, instead of Harvard and the California Institute of Technology, currently 6th and 2nd respectively.he Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.Within six months of graduating from the university, 95 per cent of Oxford students are in employment or further study
 
Rankings editor Phil Baty notes that Oxford has made ‘modest but significant improvements across the board,’ adding that a change in database partner had added half a million books to the citation impact analysis, and that this may have helped Oxford due to its strength in this area.
 
Oxford’s reported income and number of international faculty also rose. Oxford Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said, ‘This wonderful news recognises the extraordinary talent and dedication of all who work and study at Oxford. We are delighted with this affirmation of our global success and will be working hard to maintain our position.’Within six months of graduating from the university, 95 per cent of Oxford students are in employment or further study.Entry standards are high and admissions are competitive; in 2015 there were 18,000 undergraduate applications for only 3,200 places
 
In last year’s rankings Oxford was second, and in the year before it was third. It has always been in the top ten and always slightly ahead of Cambridge, now in 4th. Apart from Oxford, Baty noted that the rest of the UK is ‘stagnating’. Asked about BREXIT impact, Baty noted that all the data for the assessment pre-dated the Referendum vote on June 23, adding ‘there is no question that BREXIT casts a shadow over the sector.’
 
2016-17 Rank Label
WUR 2015-16 Rank  Label
Name
 
1
2
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
2
1
California Institute of Technology
United States
3
3
Stanford University
United States
4
4
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
5
5
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
6
6
Harvard University
United States
7
7
Princeton University
United States
8
8
Imperial College London
United Kingdom
9
9
ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Switzerland
=10
13
University of California, Berkeley
United States
=10
10
University of Chicago
United States
 
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By James Riley
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I have always felt it a privilege to have graduated from Oxford and now even more so.

Great news for all!

James (Trinity College, Matriculated: 2000)

By Bruce Rowe Lit ...
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Greats still great!!
2 bad Caltech & Stanford.
What were the relative numbers of students at the 3 establishments ?

By Rosie P (Matric...
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Utterly brilliant achievement. Congratulations to everyone throughout the University for their efforts and contribution.

It makes alumni like me enormously proud, pleased, and even more supportive.

By John Roberts
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A hard-won ranking against global competition. Quite remarkable! A tremendous tribute to the collegiate system that is Oxford. Oxford was the best thing that happened to me and has given me life-long friendships. floreat aula!

By Ian Byrne
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As a not very academic graduate, I am certainly quite proud of this, but as someone who has to handle a lot of data, slightly concerned by the admission "a change in database partner had added half a million books to the citation impact analysis, and that this may have helped Oxford". In other words, does this mean we should have been top all along, or does it mean that it's only through (accidental) moving of the goalposts that we have overtaken CalTech?
More seriously, it underlines the fact that any ranking of this sort is only as good as the algorithms that create it. So while we should bask in the warm glow of success, we shouldn't allow ourselves to be complacent, lest the Californians find a way of changing the algorithms to their advantage!

By Timothy keates
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Never regretted a minute of my three years at Oxford. In retrospect, one of the things from which I most benefited was the "passive learning" (which, oddly, stays with you) acquired from mixing and making friends with people engaged in all kinds of different studies. Floreat Alma Mater!

By Jeremy Fox
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Oxford has been by far my most important educational experience and the greatest influence on my working life. I will always be grateful both to the university and to my college. Impossible to avoid a sense of quiet satisfaction (even triumphalism?) at Oxford's elevation to the summit over its US rivals. Floreat aula!

By Peter Hulse
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Best at what? Research, teaching, diversity, cost control, getting your name in the newspapers?

By KAREN DOWN
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DELIGHTED! OXFORD GAVE ME, A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL GIRL, SO MUCH, ACADEMICALLY AND SOCIALLY, AND 30 YEARS LATER DID THE SAME FOR MY GRAMMAR SCHOOL EDUCATED DAUGHTER. SO GLAD ITS WORTH IS RECOGNISED IN THIS WAY. STUNNING RESULT- IT MAKES ME FEEL QUITE WEEPY WITH PRIDE!

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