What has the world achieved in the field of education? This is our third and final installment of Education Olympics. Below we identify the world’s wealthiest university, the oldest university and more interesting achievements in education. Amazingly, many of the records we’ve recorded have been set in the last 4 years. We can’t wait to see what the world accomplishes in the next 4 years.
World’s Wealthiest University
Harvard, America’s oldest university (established 1636) is also the world’s wealthiest. When assessed in June 2009, Harvard University’s endowment was $26 billion (£15.85 billion), down from $36.9 billion (22.4 billion) the previous year. Source.
World’s Oldest University
The oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. The University of Bologna, Italy, was founded in 1088 and is the oldest one in Europe. The Sumerians had scribal schools or É-Dub-ba soon after 3500 BC. Source.
Oldest College Graduate
The oldest graduate is Allan Stewart (Australia, b. 7 March 1915) who received a Bachelor of Laws degree aged 91 years 214 days, when he graduated from the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia, on 7 October 2006. Source.
Largest School By Pupils
The largest school in terms of pupils is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, which had a record enrolment of 39,437 pupils on 9 August 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year.
The school was founded by Mr. Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Mrs Bharti Gandhi. The pair launched their first campus on a borrowed capital of 300 rupees, housed it in rented premises and began with only five students. The school admits boys and girls between ages 2 and 5, who can then follow through their education to Degree Level. The school was the recipient of the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Source.
Largest Field Trip
The largest educational field trip involved 1,192 participants from the Stellingwerf College, Oosterwolde, Netherlands, on 25 April 2008. Source.