University of Cambridge

"From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge"

Cambridge University, Cambridge
around 1209
Current Place
Cambridge, England, Afghanistan


The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. Originally founded in 1209, it is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the world's third-oldest surviving university. Early records suggest that the university grew out of an association formed by scholars leaving the University of Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk; the two 'ancient universities' have many common features and are often jointly referred to as 'Oxbridge'.Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions that include 31 constituent colleges and comprehensive academic departments which are organised into six Schools. The university occupies buildings throughout the town, many of which are of historic importance. Student life is centred around the colleges and numerous artistic activities, sports clubs and societies. Cambridge has many notable alumni, and 90 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university. Cambridge University Press, a department of the university, is the world's oldest publishing house, and the second-largest university press in the world. The university's largest library, Cambridge University Library, holds over 8 million volumes and is a legal deposit library; all together Cambridge's libraries contain about 15 million volumes. Cambridge is a member of various academic associations and forms part of the 'golden triangle' of English universities. It is regularly placed among the world's best universities in different league tables.

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