Oxford has been named the world’s number one university for the fourth successive year, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Occupying the second spot in the ranking is California Institute of Technology, a private doctorate-granting research university in Pasadena, California while Cambridge occupied the third spot.
Reacting to the ranking, Professor Louise Richardson, the vice chancellor of Oxford University, said:"We are absolutely delighted to have retained our position at the top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings for a fourth consecutive year.
"While UK universities face great uncertainty around Brexit and funding, these results demonstrate that we are well prepared to meet these challenges. Oxford’s success is in large part due to our research collaborations with other excellent universities around the world and we remain determined both to deepen and to expand these partnerships, whatever Brexit brings."
The latest ranking contains a list of 1,300 universities in 92 countries. The ranking considers teaching quality, the volume and reputation of research, citations of research, income from industry and international links.
Times Higher Education notes that other UK universities are "struggling to hold their own" against global rivals, warning that Germany is "poised to overtake" the UK in having the most top universities in Europe.
Universities in the United States have an impressive outing as they continue to dominate the rankings. They occupied seven of the top 10 places and 60 out of the top 200.
The latest ranking also shows that Asian university systems are catching up as universities in China and Japan retain strong performance.
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Three Nigerian universities make it to the top 1000 list. Among the highest-ranked of the three Nigerian universities is Covenant University which was ranked at number 401.
University of Ibadan follows as the second-best in the country, between 501-600, while University of Lagos (between 801-1000) is the third-best in the nation.
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