Historic and Interesting Facts About the Cambridge University: One of the World's Oldest and Prestigious Institutions of Higher Learning
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Historic and Interesting Facts About the Cambridge University: One of the World's Oldest and Prestigious Institutions of Higher Learning

The University is the second oldest university in the United Kingdom. It is next to the Oxford University. Globally, it is the 7th oldest university. This world renowned educational institution is located in the municipal borough of Cambridge where its name was taken. Here are some of the most historic and interesting facts about the University of Cambridge – one of the prides of the United Kingdom.

The University is the second oldest university in the United Kingdom. It is next to the Oxford University. Globally, it is the 7th oldest university. This world renowned educational institution is located in the municipal borough of Cambridge where its name was taken. Here are some of the most historic and interesting facts about the University of Cambridge – one of the prides of the United Kingdom. 

1. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209. Today, it is a system of 31 independent colleges.

2. The university is governed by a senate which is headed by a chancellor. The senate is consists of all holders of the MA degree or higher degree. The office of Chancellor of the University has no term limits.

3. The colleges provide their students with lodgings and meals; assign tutors and offer social, cultural and athletic activities.

4. The university’s academic year is divided into 3 terms of about 8 weeks each.

5. The 3 terms, which is known in other universities as semester, are named Michaelmas (autumn - October to December), Lent (late winter- January to March) and Easter (spring - April to June).

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6. It is compulsory for students to be a resident during the duration of each term.

7. Bachelor of Arts or AB degree is conferred upon satisfactorily completing exams after 9 terms which is equivalent to 3 years.

8. One of Cambridge’s colleges is Peterhouse. It was founded by Hugh de Balsham, bishop of Ely in 1284.

9. In 1318, Pope John XX11 recognized Cambridge as a “stadium generale” or place of study – a “university”.

10. During the 14th century, 5 more colleges were added while during the 15th century, 4 more colleges were established.

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11. In the 16th century, 6 other colleges were added to this well known college institution,

12. The Dutch scholar Desiderius Erasmus was a professor of Greek and divinity at Cambridge for 3 years from 1511 to 1514.

13. Notable people who studied at Cambridge University include William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer and Hugh Latimer.

14. Girton College which was established in 1869 is the first establishment for undergraduate women.

15. John Harvard, the founder of Harvard University in the US – the oldest university in the country, was a graduate of Cambridge.

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16. The statesman Oliver Cromwell and the popular poet John Milton were graduates of the University of Cambridge.

17. In addition, the naturalist Charles Darwin and the economist John Maynard Keynes both graduated at the Cambridge.

18. Charles – Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne for the United Kingdom, graduated at Trinity College.

19. The university’s motto in English in the literal sense is: From here, light and sacred draughts while its non-literal is ; from this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge.

20. This public university has 1,539 administrative staffs with 18,396 students; 12,018 of which are undergraduates while 6,378 are post graduates.

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21. In 2010, Cambridge University was ranked the 2nd best university in UK according to University Ranking by Academic Performance and the world’s 11th best university.

22. In 2011, Cambridge University was ranked 6th in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

23. In 2011 also, the University of Cambridge came first, for both the QS World University Rankings and the annual World’s Best Universities by US News & World Report.

24. Three Cambridge Colleges namely Murray Edwards, Lucy Cavendish and Newnham admit women only.

25. The 28 other colleges are mixed, though most were originally all-male.

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26. In 1972, the first college to admit both men and women was Darwin while Churchill, Clare, and King’s were the first previously all-male colleges to admit female undergraduates.

27. The last all-male college to accept women was Magdalene in 1988.

28. Clare Hall and Darwin admit only postgraduates while Lucy Cavendish, Wolfson, Hughes Hall and Saint Edmund’s admit only mature – at least 21 years old.

29. All other colleges in the educational system admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students with no age restrictions.

30. Cambridge University has 114 libraries in which the Cambridge University Library is the central research library. This amazing library holds more than 8 million volumes and receives around 80,000 books annually excluding the books donated to the library.

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31. The man who was responsible for the first cloning of a mammal with “Dolly the Sheep” in 1996 – Sir Ian Wilmut, was a graduate student at Darwin College.

32. The Cambridge University student union was established in 1922 with the main purpose of providing care for students and their welfare.

33. The University of Cambridge is consists of the ff colleges; King's College, Trinity Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Darwin College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Downing College, Wolfson College, St John's College, Queens' College, Girton College, Clare Hall, St Catharine's College, Newnham College, Robinson College, Peterhouse, Jesus College, Selwyn College, Lucy Cavendish College, Clare College, Christ's College, Fitzwilliam College, St Edmund's College, Pembroke College, Magdalene College, Churchill College, Hughes Hall, Gonville & Caius College, Emmanuel College, New Hall and Homerton College.

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A great companion article to your Oxford piece.

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