Message from Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of OUP

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest functioning university anywhere. Scholars and leaders, the alumni of Oxford over the centuries, have included some of the most outstanding personages in the history of the world. The name of Oxford has been and remains synonymous with the highest levels of educational and academic excellence. The University has always sought to be at the forefront of learning, teaching, and research.


Oxford University Press (OUP) is almost unique among publishers in that it is a department of this ancient seat of learning. OUP has played a key role in the University’s work and mission from its inception. Although books were being printed in Oxford from 1478, the University was granted by Royal degree the right to print books in 1586; OUP has, therefore, a 500-year history of its own, making it one of the oldest publishing houses in the world. More important, it is steeped in the same traditions, values, and ideals as the University of which it is a part.

From its earliest days, OUP has reached beyond the shores of Britain to other parts of the world, carrying its values and ideals with it. Today, OUP enjoys the distinction of being the largest and most successful university press in the world. It has offices in more than sixty countries, and publishes resources across the educational and academic spectrum.

On the sixtieth anniversary of OUP in Pakistan, I extend my congratulations. I take the opportunity to thank the current and previous employees of OUP Pakistan for their commitment, hard work, and loyalty. I look forward to seeing continuing success in the pursuit of the University ‘s mission in Pakistan and beyond.
Nigel Portwood

OUP’s relationship with the Subcontinent has been a distinctive one. It established its presence in this part of the world in 1912 with its first local title. OUP has been in Pakistan from just a few years after the country’s appearance on the map. Its output here has comprised an especially wide range of educational and academic resources, from scholarly, academic works and higher educational publications, to school textbooks, school library books, and children’s books. OUP in Pakistan has a special history and is well recognized in this country for upholding the highest of standards. No less important, it enjoys a uniquely central position in the life and discourse of the academic and intellectual communities in Pakistan.

On the sixtieth anniversary of OUP in Pakistan, I extend my congratulations. I take the opportunity to thank the current and previous employees of OUP Pakistan for their commitment, hard work, and loyalty. I look forward to seeing continuing success in the pursuit of the University’s mission in Pakistan and beyond.

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