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15 Facts About the University of Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England.

Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam about 50 miles north of London.

A university is an institution of higher education and research which grants academic degrees in various subjects.

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Founded in 1209 and given royal charter status 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.

A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate.

Approximately 330 to 360 million people speak English as their first language.

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The university grew out of an association of scholars who left the University of Oxford after a dispute with the townspeople.

Oxford is a city in the South East region of England and the county town of Oxfordshire.

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The two ancient universities share many common features and are often referred to jointly as "Oxbridge".

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Cambridge is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent colleges and over 100 academic departments organised into six schools.

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Cambridge University Press, a department of the university, is the world's oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the world.

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The university also operates eight cultural and scientific museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, and a botanic garden.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge, located on Trumpington Street opposite Fitzwilliam Street in central Cambridge, England.

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Cambridge's libraries hold a total of around 15 million books, eight million of which are in Cambridge University Library, a legal deposit library.

An academic library is a library that is attached to a higher education institution which serves two complementary purposes to support the school's curriculum, and to support the research of the university faculty and students.

Legal deposit is a legal requirement that a person or group submit copies of their publications to a repository, usually a library.

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In the year ended 31 July 2015, the university had a total income of £1.64 billion, of which £398 million was from research grants and contracts.

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The central university and colleges have a combined endowment of around £5.89 billion, the largest of any university outside the United States.

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The university is closely linked with the development of the high-tech business cluster known as "Silicon Fen".

Silicon Fen is the name given to the region around Cambridge, England, which is home to a large cluster of high-tech businesses focusing on software, electronics and biotechnology.

A business cluster is a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions in a particular field.

High technology, often abbreviated to high tech is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available.

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It is a member of numerous associations and forms part of the "golden triangle" of leading English universities and Cambridge University Health Partners, an academic health science centre.

Cambridge University Health Partners is an academic health science centre that brings together the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

An academic health science centre is a partnership between one or more universities and healthcare providers focusing on research, clinical services, education and training.

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Cambridge is consistently ranked as one of the world's best universities.

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The university has educated many notable alumni, including eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors, and foreign Heads of State.

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Ninety-five Nobel laureates, two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and ten Fields medalists have been affiliated with Cambridge as students, faculty, staff or alumni.

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