Why has Oxford climbed to the top spot on some surveys of the worlds best Universities? There seem to be a couple of main reasons for the ranking. One is a renewed emphasis on the hard sciences at Oxford in recent years. Oxford’s tradition as a bastion of literary arts and philosophy remain but are giving way to the needs of the modern workplace which requires first rate math and science education. Oxford’s Science Park is becoming a tech corridor for companies that reside there and feed off the the University’s programs and talent. Oxford was recently named the number one in research quality int the UK University system. The other reason that Oxford has made its push to the top is that it has relied on a time tested formula for education excellence. According to the University President Oxford hires quality professors who love to teach. No stockpiling of “names” that rest on their laurels need apply. All this excellence for only 12,000 USD per year!