For over nine centuries, Oxford has been an epitome of knowledge, learning and scholarship renowned for its academic excellence and quality. It has attracted the best talent from around the World, polished it and produced exceptionally successful men and women. In recent history, over 50 Nobel Prize Winners, 26 British Prime Ministers and 50 Heads of States from all over the world have been nurtured and educated in Oxford. Both Oxford town and the University of Oxford have a symbiotic relationship and together these create a unique social and academic environment that must be experienced by all promising young luminaries aspiring for greater things in life. Here we shall present some glimpses from the life in Oxford.
Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the World with teaching facilities going back to 1096 AD. The University is Globally renowned for its academic brilliance, student life, recreational facilities, architecture and unique set of values, traditions and cultures that make it a distinct and favoured place for learning. Oxford’s global stature and reputation has been achieved and maintained over centuries due to the following reasons:
Oxford University attracts the very best and the “crème de la crème” from the global talent pool. This includes the top students from around the World and members of the teaching staff that are an authority in their respective fields. The interaction of the best minds in the World produces an inspiring environment that ensures mutual learning, fosters creative thinking and pushes them to stretch the boundaries of their imagination as much as possible.
Oxford’s unique tutorial teaching system allows students to get individual attention from a member of faculty who normally tailors the provision of education to their individual needs. This sets Oxford apart from other universities who only offer class room teaching.
Oxford University is structured almost on the Federal lines and comprises of 39 affiliated colleges who cater for the social, recreational and tutorial requirements of the students while most of the teaching is done at the departments. Collegiate system also allows students to make friends in academic disciplines across the board.
Students have access to unparalleled academic resources at the Oxford University including world class libraries, laboratories, sports facilities, computing and IT facilities and arts & music centres.
Students from over 130 countries are currently enrolled at the Oxford University providing unique perspectives and distinct cultures and life styles. This makes Oxford one of the most diverse and multicultural places in the World and adds to the exposure and experience of the students.
Suffice to say that the Oxford University provides the best available facilities for the social and academic wellbeing of the student from all over the World.
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over as one of the most liveable and beautiful towns in the World. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.
With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do in Oxford. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all. Here are some of the glimpses from the life in Oxford:
Oxford has an unmatched collection of some of the most incredible architectural wonders from the saxon period onwards in the World. Some of these architectural marvels include the Carfax Tower, Red Cliff Camera, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Christ Church College, New College, Magdalene College and a number of other magnificent buildings. Please click here for a more detailed list.
Oxford is a very green city, with several parks and nature walks within the ring road, as well as several sites just outside the ring road. In total, 28 Nature Reserves exist within or just outside of Oxford ring road including University Parks, Port Meadows, Mesopotamia, Lye Valley, and South Parks etc.
Oxford was first settled in Saxon times (around 550 AD), and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Oxen"; fords were more common than bridges at that time as the river crossings for both humans and animals including oxen. Today the City boasts a number of museums that archive not only Oxford’s contribution to the World but also contain some of the best collections of historical artefacts, arts and crafts and other pieces of historical significance. Some of these include: Ashmolean Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Natural History and Pitts River Museum.
Oxford caters well to the shopaholics from the most global high street brands to the high end designer outlets, all on a short walk within the City Centre. On half an hour’s drive from Oxford however is the Bicester Village Shopping Outlets that is home to the World’s top designers and a major shopping destination in the UK.
Large number of students from over 130 countries in the world and a diverse local population with significant number of immigrants means that Oxford caters to all varieties of tastes ranging from Mexican to the Japanese.
Oxford has highly developed public transport network connecting it to London and other cities in the UK. Although it has its own domestic airport, UK’s largest airport Heathrow is only an hour’s drive away. Trains and busses leave for London every half an hour and run round the clock.
Oxford is one of the safest and secure towns in the UK with low crime rate (even after taking into consideration the incidents of bike theft). All university buildings nevertheless have their own security arrangements including availability of security guards round the clock, electronic monitoring through CCTV, electronically controlled entry and exit into the buildings and smoke alarms etc.