The most famous universities in the UK
Great Britain is a country with centuries-old traditions of higher education. The first English university – Oxford University – was founded in the XI century. Since then, on the shores of Albion has grown many educational institutions. Today, some of them, like Oxford, need no introduction.
The most prestigious universities in the UK
One of the most authoritative publications that specialize in creating international rankings of educational institutions, The Times Higher Education (THE) has surpassed its colleagues in terms of defining such rather vague indicators as the influence and prestige of an educational institution.
In addition to the overall world ranking of universities, THE site published the World Reputation Rankings 2016. This classification is based on a survey of specialists from the academic environment and represents the top 100 most influential universities in the world.
The top ten most famous and prestigious universities in the world, according to THE, include 2 English educational institutions: the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
University of Oxford – the oldest university in the UK. The official opening date of the university has not been established: according to some data, the first students, mostly clergymen, appeared in Oxford as early as the XI century.
Today, the University of Oxford includes 38 colleges with more than 22,000 students. The faculty of the university is formed by members of the most prestigious scientific organizations, such as the Royal Society of London and the British Academy. Oxford graduates include Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and Margaret Thatcher.
University of Cambridge is the second highest university in Britain and the most important rival of Oxford in the battle for places in international rankings (applicants are prohibited to submit documents to both universities in the same year).
Cambridge was founded in 1209 by a group of scientists who left Oxford. Today the university is a confederation of 31 colleges, in which about 19,000 students from all over the world study. There are 130 Nobel laureates among students and university workers — more than at any other university in the world.
University College London (UCL) was founded in London in 1826. At the time of the opening, UCL became the first university located in the British capital, as well as the first educational institution in the country, where students were accepted regardless of their religion. In addition, in 1876, the university began accepting women for training before other universities in the UK.
Today, UCL is the oldest college in the University of London. More than 38,000 students study here, the university has 2 overseas campuses in Qatar and Australia. Among the graduates of the university are such prominent figures as Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Bell, Peter Higgs (after whom the Higgs boson was named).
Imperial College London is a prestigious technical university in South Kensington. The school was founded in 1907 through the merger of three previously existing universities. Exactly one hundred years, Imperial College London, like University College London, was part of the University of London, but since 2007, the college has been operating as an independent educational institution.
Over 16,000 students study at Imperial College London. Among the graduates and employees of the college are 15 Nobel laureates, as well as many members of reputable scientific communities.