10 Interesting Facts about Cambridge University


Are Facts about Cambridge University familliar to you?The University of Cambridge (formally The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge) is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university.Let`s check  10 interesting Facts about Cambridge University.

 

Facts about Cambridge University 1:History

Hugh Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, Cambridge’s first college, in 1284. Many colleges were founded during the 14th and 15th centuries, but colleges continued to be established until modern times, although there was a gap of 204 years between the founding of Sidney Sussex in 1596 and that of Downing in 1800

 

Facts about Cambridge University 2: The Wooden Spoon

 

                      The Wooden Spoon

 

The wooden spoon was presented originally at the University of Cambridge as a kind of booby prize awarded by the students to the man who achieved the lowest exam marks but still earned a third-class degree (a junior optime) in the Mathematical Tripos.

 

Facts about Cambridge University 3: The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King’s College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world

 

Facts about Cambridge University 4:Colleges

The colleges are self-governing institutions with their own endowments and property, founded as integral parts of the university. All students and most academics are attached to a college.Cambridge has 31 colleges, of which three, Murray Edwards, Newnham and Lucy Cavendish, admit women only.

Facts about Cambridge University 5:Benefactions and fundraising

In 2000, Bill Gates of Microsoft donated US$210 million through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to endow the Gates Scholarships for students from outside the UK seeking postgraduate study at Cambridge

Facts about Cambridge University 6: Russell Group

 

                              Russell Group

 

The Russell Group’s 24 members are world-class, research-intensive universities. They are unique institutions, each with their own history and ethos, but they share some distinguishing characteristics.The Russell Group is a catch-all term for a group of universities with a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement. Cambridge University is a member of this group.

Facts about Cambridge University 7:Silicon Fen

Cambridge is one of the fastest-growing cities in their world; its economic growth resembles that of a new Chinese city rather than an established European university town.The thousand plus companies of Silicon Fen bring in a total revenue of £14 billion every year.

 

Facts about Cambridge University 8: Corpus Christi College’s Parker Library

The Parker Library is the College’s greatest national heritage treasure. It is internationally renowned for its important collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts (including a substantial proportion of all extant Anglo-Saxon manuscripts), as well as valuable holdings of early printed books.

Facts about Cambridge University 9:Reputation and rankings

In 2011, Times Higher Education (THE) recognised Cambridge as one of the world’s “six super brands” on its World Reputation Rankings, along with Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Stanford.[141] As of September 2017, Cambridge is recognised  as the world’s second best university.[13]

Facts about Cambridge University 10: Formal Hall and May Balls

 

                             May Balls

 

Formal Hall or Formal Meal is a meal held at some of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (as well as some other Commonwealth countries) at which students usually dress in formal attire and often gowns to dine.A May Ball is a ball at the end of the academic year that takes place at any of the colleges of the University of Cambridge.

That is all The 10 inresresting Facts about Cambridge University.

 


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