University of Edinburgh
It is one of the oldest universities of Scotland (oldest being St Andrews), has more students than any Scottish university and forms even part of the largest universities of the the United Kingdom.
The University of Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group which gathers the largest British universities controlled by research. It is also the single Scottish university with being member of the Coimbra Group and the Them at the same time: two regroupings of the best European universities. In 2003, it becomes the first Scottish university to receive the label “Fairtrade” - equitable trade.
The university was established by royal Charte granted by Jacques VI of Scotland in 1582. The majority of the universities having been create by pontifical Bulle, this act was not very in conformity for the time. But the bases of the university of Edinburgh were also characterized by a financing coming from the funds of the city, making of it the first university citizen under many facets, known under the name of “Tounis College”.
She becomes the fourth Scottish university during one period when richest and populated England had only two of them: Oxford and Cambridge, both very important. During the 18th century, the university is one of the major centers of the “Lumières” and one of the most important European establishments until our days when it is classified in the ten best European universities.
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