Cambridge

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Cambridge is a well-known town in England. It is located 80 km north of London on the River Cam. It is a home to one of the top universities in the world - the University of Cambridge founded in 1209. It is the second oldest university in England after the University of Oxford. These two universities are very often referred to as Oxbridge. The population of Cambridge is about 126 000 with more than 21 500 students. 


The skyline of the city is dominated by the Cambridge University Library and King’s College Chapel that both belong to the University of Cambridge. Among other outstanding university’s buildings is the Cavendish laboratory. 


The University of Cambridge was founded by a number of scholars that left Oxford because of certain disputes. They decided to continue their education in the nice town of Cambridge. As the result Cambridge University became one of the most well-known ones in the world. In 2011 it was ranked the third in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. Harvard and MIT were the first two. Among the famous people graduated from the Cambridge University are Lord Byron, John Milton, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell and Sir Isaac Newton. Cambridge academics have won a record number of Nobel Prizes in the world. Cambridge University is a part of the “Golden triangle” of British universities. It is a member of the League of the European Research, the Russell Group of the research-led British Universities, the G5 and the Coimbra Group. Cambridge is not only a historic city with one of the best universities in the world but also a center of technology and science as well.


Cambridge is the wealthiest University not only in the United Kingdom but also in the whole Europe. The largest part of the University’s income is due to the annual transfer from the Cambridge University Press and research grants.  The University of Cambridge also receives fundraising and donations. In the year 2000 for example Bill Gates himself donated US$210 million for the Gates Scholarships.


Cambridge itself is located 50 minutes away from London King Cross, it is an adjacent to the A14 and M11 roads what makes it easy accessible. It gets more than 3 million visitors every year. The city is surrounded by heritage towns and villages and is an ideal place for exploring the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside in Europe. A lot of visitors come to Cambridge during the time of festivals, because here there is a great amount of them including Cambridge Science Festival, Shakespeare festival, Folk Festival, Film Festival, Midsummer Fair and Strawberry Fair.