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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the
world’s second oldest surviving university. While its exact founding date is unknown, there
is evidence that teaching took place as far back as 1096.

Located in and around Oxford’s medieval city centre, the university comprises 44 colleges
and halls, and over 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120
Olympic medallists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern
world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers,
among them).

The university is associated with 11 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, five in
physics and 16 in medicine. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-
Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. The actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike
also went to Oxford, as did the writers Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth and
Philip Pullman.

As a modern, research-driven university, Oxford has numerous strengths but cites
particular prowess in the sciences, having recently ranked number one in the world for
medicine (if its Medical Sciences division was a university in its own right, it would be the
fourth largest in the UK) and among the top ten universities globally for life sciences,
physical sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

2.University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution. Its
800-year history makes it the fourth-oldest surviving university in the world and the
second-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

the university’s International Summer Schools offer 150 courses to students from more
than 50 countries.

The university is split into 31 autonomous colleges where students receive small group
teaching sessions known as college supervisions.

Six schools are spread across the university’s colleges, housing roughly 150 faculties and
other institutions. The six schools are: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical
Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.

The campus is located in the centre of the city of Cambridge, with its numerous listed
buildings and many of the older colleges situated on or near the river Cam.

The university is home to over 100 libraries, which, between them, hold more than 15
million books in total. In the main Cambridge University library alone, which is a legal
depository, there are eight million holdings. The university also owns nine arts, scientific

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