The University of London is the largest higher education institution in London. It is one of the most highly reputed universities in the world and has produced many famous personalities. As it’s situated in UK, a land of many of prestigious educational institutions and universities, it’s often overlooked and shadowed by several other famous institutions. However, here are some interesting facts which show why the University of London does not fall short in terms of reputation and prestige.
- One University, many campuses
Founded in 1826, the University College of London was started as secular educational institution. It saw several mergers with other establishments and today, it has campuses in Adelaide, Australia and Doha, Qatar. Its main campus is located in the Bloomsbury area of central London.
- 11 faculties, 100 departments
The University College of London is known for offering a huge number of courses for its students. The university has 11 constituent faculties, in which there are more than 100 departments, institutes and research centres.
- Not a museum, museums!
UCL is famous for the special and historical collections, manuscripts and other rare artefacts it has conserved. It has 9 museums of which the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy are quite famous.
- Students and staff
UCL is large not only in terms of courses and campuses; it also has a huge number of students and staff. For the academic year 2014-15, 36,000 students have enrolled in UCL who are taught and guided by a workforce of 11,000 staff.
- Famous Alumni
UCL has produced many remarkable personalities who went on to become visionaries of their eras. The famous Indian reformer and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, the inventor of telephone Alexander Graham Bell, famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and even the renown movie director Christopher Nolan all studied at UCL.
33 alumni of the UCL went on to win Nobel Prizes in various fields.
- UCL in movies
Several movies and television productions have been shot at UCL. Some of them are Doctor in the House (1954), Gladiator (2000), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010). In fiction, Lara Croft of Tomb Raider has also been described as a graduate of UCL.