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University of Cambridge

University information
NameUniversity of Cambridge
Latin nameAcademia Cantabrigiensis
MottoHinc lucem et pocula sacra (Latin)
Motto in English'Literal:' From here, light and sacred draughts
'Non-literal:' From this place, we gain enlightenment and precious knowledge
Establishedc. 1209
Endowment£4.1 billion (2011, incl. colleges) (approx. $6.7bn)
ChancellorHRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Vice-ChancellorProf Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
Faculty5,846 (incl. contract researchers)
Under graduates12,018
Post graduates6,378
CountryEngland, UK
Colours  Cambridge Blue     
AthleticsThe Sporting Blue
AffiliationsRussell Group
Coimbra Group

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The University of Cambridge (informally Cambridge University, or simply Cambridge) is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world, and the seventh-oldest globally. In post-nominals the university's name is abbreviated as Cantab, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis (an adjective derived from Cantabrigia, the Latinised form of Cambridge).

The university grew out of an association of scholars in the city of Cambridge that was formed in 1209, early records suggest, by scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute with townsfolk. The two "ancient universities" have many common features and are often jointly referred to as Oxbridge. In addition to cultural and practical associations as a historic part of British society, they have a long history of rivalry with each other.

Academically Cambridge ranks as one of the top universities in the world: first in the world in both the 2010 and 2011 QS World University Rankings, sixth in the world in the 2010 � 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and fifth in the world (and first in Europe) in the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Cambridge regularly contends with Oxford for first place in UK league tables. In the most recently published ranking of UK universities, published by The Guardian newspaper, Cambridge was ranked first.

Graduates of the University have won a total of 61 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world. In 2009, the marketing consultancy World Brand Lab rated Cambridge University as the 50th most influential brand in the world, and the 4th most influential university brand, behind only Harvard, MIT and Stanford University, while in 2011, the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings ranked Cambridge as the 3rd most reputable university in the world, after Harvard and MIT.

Cambridge is a member of the Coimbra Group, the G5, the International Alliance of Research Universities, the League of European Research Universities and the Russell Group of research-led British universities. It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities.

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