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About Cambridge by Cristina Nuta -

Cambridge is situated at a distance of fifty miles from London. It is one of the loveliest towns of England and the Cambridge area today is sometimes referred to as Silicon Fen, due to the growth of high tech businesses and technology incubators that have sprung up in the series of science parks and other developments in and around the city. The dominating factor in Cambridge is its world known University, a centre of education and learning, closely connected with the life and thought of Great Britain. Newton, Byron, Darwin, Rutherford and many other scientists and writers were educated at Cambridge.

In Cambridge everything centers on the University and its colleges, the eldest of which was founded in 1284. They are twenty seven in number. There is a close connect ion between the University and the colleges, though they are quite separate in theory and practice. The college is a place where you live, not matter what profession you are trained for; so that students studying literature and those trained for physics may belong to one and the same college. However, the fact is that you have to be a member of a college in order to be a member of the University.

Every college is headed by a dean. Discipline is looked after by Proctors and numerous minor officials. If you are undisciplined you are fined or you may be 'gated', that is, not allowed to go for a given time, or you are 'sent down' for good. A college is a building of forming a square with a green lawn in the centre. An old tradition does not allow students to walk on the grass; this is the privilege for professors and head teachers only. There is another tradition which the students are to follow; after sunset they are not allowed to go out without wearing a black cap and a black coat.

On the other hand, the university existed before the colleges. It has the power to grant degrees, it defines courses of study, and organizes most of the formal teaching. The various subjects of study are controlled by a series of faculties, and the teaching is provided by professors, readers and lecturers.

For its size, Cambridge has a relatively diverse ethnic population. This is mainly due to people from other countries coming to study at the Universities, as it is a great privilege to study here but, at the same time, a rather difficult thing to easily obtain.
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Tags: cambridge, london, university, education, great britain, college, 1284

Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 18 May '07

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