The University of Oxford is number one among the world's leading universities. The world-leading and outward-looking University has a long and rich history. Thus, the first overseas student was enrolled in 1190. However, there are facts that since 1096 the teaching existed at Oxford. Today, the University is competitive, and it attracts the best world's minds. Currently, there are more than 24000 students at Oxford. Being a multi-international University, Oxford has international students from over 160 countries. The University's reputation is extremely high; thus, Oxford was placed as number one in the world in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 by The World University Rankings. Apart from that, the University of Oxford is proud of an enormous volume of world-leading research in the UK. Many notable alumni have been educated or have taught at the University of Oxford. They include 28 British Prime Ministers, 55 Nobel Prize winners, 120 Olympic medal winners, and over 30 global leaders.
Oxford's mission is the advancement of learning by teaching and research and its dissemination by every means.
The University of Oxford is a vast university, including a specific collegiate structure. Thus, the University is home to 39 Oxford colleges, six private halls, and the central University. Close cooperation of all departments leads to outstanding results in teaching and research. The University offers the main four divisions:
- Medical Sciences;
- Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences;
- Social Sciences.
These four divisions include over 100 central academic departments with a broad range of study areas.
Oxford's Library Service is the most extensive library system in the UK and provides more than 100 libraries. Oxford is proud of four museums: the Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of Natural History, and History of Science Museum. The University offers cutting-edge facilities as academic as research facilities for world-class teaching and research. Apart from that, Oxford provides all sports activities.
Situated in and around Oxford city center, the University owns many historical and contemporary buildings. Oxford's strategy is to reduce environmental impact and use it very seriously. The 15th century Duke Humfrey's Library is the oldest building of Oxford. The unique facilities that Oxford manages are Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera and Sheldonian Theatre, the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Museum of the History of Science.