British universities are among the finest in the world. Oxford and Cambridge are of course the most famous, but numerous other institutions are internationally respected for the quality of their teaching and research.
Oxford was a centre of learning for hundreds of years even before the university was finally established in the 11th century. The University of Cambridge traces its history to 1209, and the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh were all established in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. These ancient institutions were followed by a wave of university building in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, which included the foundation of the universities of London, Durham, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol. The 1960s saw further expansion of the university system and the creation of the universities of East Anglia, Warwick and York among others. All of these universities and many others established over many centuries prior to the 1970s are ranked highly in world league tables, thus continuing to maintain the UK’s long-standing tradition of excellence in higher education.
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