At the heart of Oxford’s story are its students. More than 16,000 of them – from more than 130 different countries – live and study at the university each year. They are a diverse group, with an even wider range of backgrounds and ambitions.
That’s one reason why Oxford is one of the most international universities in the world: for many students it’s where their future begins. It is also one of the best universities in Europe and ranks consistently as 1st or 2nd for graduate employability in Europe, according to QS World University Rankings 2016/17.
As the students continue their studies, they have the opportunity to take part in over 1,200 clubs and societies. There are also over 300 student-led societies that provide a platform for student voices and ideas to be heard. These include debating societies, sports clubs and societies, musical ensembles and literary groups.
In addition to all of this, there is a thriving alumni network serving as an ongoing support system for Oxford students. Alumni return as members of academic staff , become professors or lecturers within the university system or establish personal businesses in Oxford. The alumni network is the largest in the world by far with more than one million followers on Facebook (Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oxalumni?fref=ts).
At the heart of Oxford is a commitment to learning and research that has been at its core since its foundation in 1066. It is a university that has embraced the challenges and complexities of modern society. In doing so, it has defined a new model for higher education: one based on high-quality teaching and research, with an emphasis on real-world application and action. This focus on training students in fields aligned to real needs has driven progress across Oxford’s curriculum over the last six centuries. It is a process that continues today.
The University of Oxford is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the world, situated in an ancient city renowned for its beauty and rich heritage. The university is an independent, self-governing community which shapes its own destiny while contributing to wider society through research, scholarship and creative endeavour of global significance.
Oxford’s educational priorities include preparing students for a wide range of careers; undertaking cutting-edge research which attracts funding from all over the world; and contributing to public policy by developing ethical solutions to society’s problems. In addition, the university supports broader civic engagement initiatives and platforms to enable students to have a positive impact on their communities.