Canada is one of those places on Earth which combines natural beauty and good environment to live in. It has unmatched cultural diversity and a good social balance, making it one of the most preferred places to study in.

One of the reasons why Canada has emerged as a leading destination for higher education is its reputed universities. Here are some facts about McGill University, which has emerged as the best among all Canadian universities.

  1. A Challenging beginning

The McGill University was established in 1821 in the city of Montreal, Canada. Named after James McGill a Scotland-born merchant, the university saw many challenges even before its inception. James McGill had left money and land before dying and had bequeathed a substantial amount to set up a university. His wife’s heirs tried to stop the setting up of a university and a legal battle ensued. However, the battle was won and the McGill University was established.

  1. The Rise

The McGill University soon rose to become one of the best educational institutions in the world. Currently, it offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields, and has 11 faculties. McGill University was the first university in Canada to award a medical degree. In the academic year 2013-14, it awarded 8930 degrees in various fields.

  1. 12 Nobel laureates, 128 Rhodes scholars…

Since its inception, the McGill University has produced 12 Nobel laureates and 128 Rhodes scholars. Not to say 3 astronauts, 3 Canadian prime ministers, 13 justices of the Canadian Supreme Court, 4 foreign leaders, 28 foreign ambassadors, 9 Academy Award winners and 3 Pulitzer Prize winners.

  1. Invented Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey was first played by students of the McGill University in 1875. Apart from Ice Hockey, the University is known for playing an instrumental role in inventing and organising Basketball and Football games. The University has produced 28 Olympic medallists.

  1. Mother of 6 universities, literally

The founders of 6 major universities were among the alumni of McGill University. Those universities are: the University of British Columbia, Victoria University, University of Alberta, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dawson College. This has made McGill the mother of these universities, quite literally.