Oxford and the global community
The University of Oxford’s impact on society is not only at a local or national level but, as one of the world’s most influential and international universities, its community can also be said to be truly global.
- Our students and academic staff come from almost 100 different countries and territories. Over a third of our total student body - over 8,400 students - are citizens of foreign countries, including 17% of undergraduates and 61% of graduate students, while 41% of our academic staff are citizens of foreign countries.
- Oxford has 170 alumni offices in 80 countries spread across the globe, catering to almost 60,000 alumni. Some of these are organised jointly with the Cambridge Alumni Society, and each group organises social and networking events for alumni.
- The University has offices in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, while Oxford University Press has offices in 90 countries around the world.
- Visit our Global Alumni videowall or find out how we engage with your own country on our world map.
- Research conducted at Oxford continues to have an impact on communities worldwide, whether through our work on governance, economics, archaeology or tropical diseases.
- Oxford is a leading centre for the study of globalisation, with researchers at the Oxford Martin School, the Blavatnik School of Government, the Oxford Department of International Development (which created the world’s first refugee studies programme), and our global health programmes all working on major issues facing the world today.
- Listeners worldwide have free access to Oxford podcasts and recorded lectures via iTunes U, with 20 million downloads from 185 countries in the four years since the Oxford iTunes U site was launched.
- Students from across the world have enrolled upon courses run by Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education, including online programmes, summer schools and year-long courses in Oxford specially designed for the international community.
Global Problem-Solving: Government, Ethics, and Health
A number of research groups at Oxford work on major projects designed to address the most pressing issues currently facing people across the world, from health and medicine to energy and the environment, technology and governance.
Oxford Martin School
Established in 2005, the Oxford Martin School is a unique, interdisciplinary research community of over 300 scholars working to address the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. From the governance of geoengineering and the possibilities of quantum physics, to the future of food and the implications of our ageing population, the Oxford Martin School’s research is helping to better anticipate the consequences of our collective actions globally, and influence policy and behaviour accordingly.
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Health and Tropical Medicine
Tropical Medicine is a collection of research groups focused on infectious diseases and permanently based in Africa and Asia. Our research in tropical medicine ranges from clinical studies to behavioural sciences, with capacity building integral to all of our activities. Oxford’s Clinical Trial Service Unit’s work chiefly involves studies of the causes and treatment of “chronic” diseases such as cancer, heart attack or stroke (which, collectively, account for most adult deaths worldwide). Much of the work is carried out abroad, in collaboration with local partners.
Oxford's partnerships in global health
The school's first intake
The new Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, founded in 2010, prepares students for a career in public service and leadership, whether in government, NGOs and charities or within the private sector. Effective and fair governance is a challenge faced by countries around the world. The School seeks to meet this challenge by enabling future leaders to make sound policy choices, using the latest evidence from across a range of fields and disciplines. Students at the Blavatnik School form a highly cosmopolitan student body, with its inaugural cohort drawn from nearly 20 countries, and are taught by academics, policymakers and industry experts from around the world.
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Defining the English language: OUP
The Oxford University Press
For many across the world, Oxford defines the English language. This is because of OUP, the world’s leading publisher of English Language Teaching (ELT) materials. Arguably OUP’s most famous publication is the Oxford English Dictionary, which is, in reality, an ongoing research project designed to capture the ever-evolving landscape of the English language.
OUP is the world’s largest university press. Eighty-five per cent of its £492 million turnover comes from outside the UK, and worldwide it has 5,000 employees and a presence in over 100 countries. Today, 146 academic institutions from 27 developing countries have free online access to its scholarly journals collection. In China alone, 14 million school children use Oxford books every year, and internationally around 16 million children use Oxford ELT materials to learn English. More than one in five people who learn English across the world do so with an Oxford University Press resource.
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World Cultures: Oxford’s Museums and Libraries
Entrance to the Bodleian Library
Oxford’s libraries and museums, long a cultural powerhouse with some of the world’s finest collections of manuscripts and artefacts, are increasingly accessible to the global community.
Not just for students, Oxford’s Bodleian Library has been supporting academic research for more than 400 years. Each year the Bodleian receives visitors from across the globe who wish to use one of the many rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and primary research collections that the University Library holds.
The Bodleian Library has recently announced a joint project with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana to digitise repositories of ancient texts, and 1.5 million pages from their remarkable collections will be made freely available online to researchers and the general public worldwide. The digitized collections will be in three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books (incunabula) and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. These collections will be made available online for open access in stages over the next four years.
The Ashmolean Museum has several online exhibitions, including recent displays of the art of Mughal India, Eastern Art, and most recently, an exhibition of ornamental textiles from Meiji Japan, which can now be viewed online from anywhere in the world. Similarly, the Pitt Rivers Museum hosts a number of virtual collections of anthropological and archaeological artefacts.
Digital Initiatives at Oxford
Oxford and India
Indian MBA students at the Said Business School
From first contacts in the 16th century, Oxford's relationship with India has grown to encompass a wide range of activities. A leading centre for the study of India in the West, Oxford introduced a new MSc course focused on the study of Contemporary India in 2008, complementing its two-year MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. The University’s annual Oxford India Business Forum brings together business leaders and academics to discuss important business challenges. This year's Forum, in Delhi, focused on health and the environment. Researchers in Oxford collaborate with their counterparts at Indian institutions, generating new insights in fields such as physics, earth sciences and women's health, and running India's leading academic oncology network.