The University of Bologna in Italy, founded in 1088, is often regarded as the world's oldest university in continuous operation
Meeting of doctors at the University of Paris (16th-century miniature)
Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest university in the United States and is routinely ranked among the world's best universities
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Moroccan higher-learning institution Al-Qarawiyin (founded in 859 A.D.) was transformed into a university under the supervision of the ministry of education in 1963.
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The Sorbonne covered by snow.
Meeting of doctors at the University of Paris. From a medieval manuscript.
The newly conferred bachelor's degree holders after graduation at King's College London, one of the founding colleges of the University of London
Meeting of doctors at the University of Paris. From a 16th-century miniature.
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the United Kingdom and among the world's top ranked
Map showing the territories covered by the four nations of the University of Paris during the Middle Ages.
The University of St Andrews, founded in 1410, is Scotland's oldest university and one of the UK's best ranked universities.
Rue Saint-Jacques and the Sorbonne in Paris
Old main building of the University of Basel—Switzerland's oldest university (1460). The university is among the birthplaces of Renaissance humanism
The Old Sorbonne on fire in 1670.
17th-century classroom at the University of Salamanca
The Sorbonne, Paris, in a 17th-century engraving
King's College London, established by Royal Charter having been founded by King George IV and Duke of Wellington in 1829, is one of the founding colleges of the University of London.
The Sorbonne as seen from rue des Écoles.
Peking University in Beijing was founded as the Imperial University of Peking
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The University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university.
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The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States was founded in 1819 by American founding father Thomas Jefferson
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A university is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several academic disciplines.

- University

An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher education, usually at a college or university.

- Academic degree

The University of Paris (Université de Paris), metonymically known as the Sorbonne, was the leading university in Paris, France, active from 1150 to 1970, with the exception of 1793–1806 under the French Revolution.

- University of Paris

This right remained a bone of contention between the church authorities and the slowly emancipating universities, but was granted by the Pope to the University of Paris in 1231 where it became a universal license to teach (licentia ubique docendi).

- Academic degree

The first universities in Europe with a form of corporate/guild structure were the University of Bologna (1088), the University of Paris (c.1150, later associated with the Sorbonne), and the University of Oxford (1167).

- University

At this period, therefore, the university had two principal degrees, the baccalaureate and the doctorate.

- University of Paris
The University of Bologna in Italy, founded in 1088, is often regarded as the world's oldest university in continuous operation

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