This article contains a list of the oldest existing universities in continuous operation in the world. Inclusion in this list is determined by the date at which the educational institute met the traditional definition of a university used by academic historians although it may have existed as a different kind of institute before that time.YearUniversityLocation(Original)Location(Current)1088 (charter granted 1158)Kingdom of Italy, Holy Roman Empire1096–1167 (charter granted in 1248)Oxford, United Kingdom1134 (charter granted in 1218)1209 (charter granted in 1231)Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Harvard University. Established: 1636 (chartered in 1650) Located in Massachusetts, Harvard University was originally called New College. The name was subsequently changed to Harvard College in honor of its first benefactor, John Harvard, who bequeathed half of his monetary estate and his 320-volume scholar's library to the university in his will.
- The College of William and Mary. Established: 1693. Named for the British co-monarchs who were reigning at the time and who gave the university its royal charter (the first for any university in the US), the College of William and Mary is the oldest university in the American South and was the first school of higher education in the US to install an honor code of conduct for students.
- St. John's College. Established: 1696. St John’s College (SJC) is a private liberal arts college which was originally founded as King William's School, the Maryland colony’s first ‘free’ school (free in this context meaning to free students through education).
- Yale University. Established: 1701. Next on our list of the oldest universities in the US, Yale University is currently ranked 17 in the world and was originally founded as ‘Collegiate School’.
- University of Bologna. Location: Italy. Established in: 1088. The ‘Nourishing Mother of the Studies’ according to its Latin motto, the University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and, having never been out of operation, holds the title of the oldest university in the world.
- University of Oxford. Location: United Kingdom. Established in: 1096-1167. With an alumni list that includes 28 UK Prime Ministers, 20 Archbishops of Canterbury, 12 saints, 27 Nobel laureates, 50 Nobel Prize winners and one Sir Stephen Hawking, the University of Oxford is as respected as it is old.
- University of Salamanca. Location: Spain. Established in: 1134. The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and given the Royal Charter in 1218, making it Spain’s oldest institution, after the now defunct University of Palencia.
- University of Paris. Location: France. Established in: 1160-1250. Established between 1160 and 1250 in the French capital, the University of Paris, often known as ‘la Sorbonne’, is known to have been one of the first established universities in Europe, although it was suspended from operating between 1793 and 1896, following the French Revolution.
Nov 07, 2020 · The University of Oxford is the second oldest university in the world in continuous operation. A total number of 28 prime ministers of the United Kingdom were educated at the University of Oxford as well as many heads of state and government around the world. Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and Boris Johnson are some of them. University of Cambridge
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