13 of the Oldest, Still-Functioning Universities in the World (African University Tops the List); Philip; How Africa News

Portugal – University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia

Some of us try to hide our ages as we get older – not so with these universities, who display them proudly at every opportunity, and for good reason. Although the earliest universities didn’t exactly look like modern ones do — especially as they generally only accepted men — they were still the beginnings of a vital educational institution. Here is a list of the oldest continually operating universities in the world.


One of the early public universities, the University of Perugia was founded in 1308 and was immediately recognized by the pope at the time, Pope Clement V. Before that, it had already existed as a place of study, but this recognition raised it to a ‘Studium Generale.’

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