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Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge's mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. To date, more than 100 affiliates of the University have won the Nobel Prize.

The University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 Departments, Faculties and institutions. It is a global university: its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established partnerships in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

The University of Cambridge sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology clusters, one which has created 1,500 high-tech companies, 14 of them valued at over £800 million (US$1 billion) and two at over £8 billion (US$10 billion). Cambridge promotes the interface between academia and business, and has a global reputation for innovation.

For more detailed information, visit our About the University pages.