What is Universities: Definition and 269 Discussions

A university (Latin: universitas, 'a whole') is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several academic disciplines. Universities typically offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
The word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars".The first universities were created in Europe by Catholic Church monks. The University of Bologna (Università di Bologna), founded in 1088, is the first university in the sense of:

being a high degree-awarding institute;
having independence from the ecclesiastic schools, although conducted by both clergy and non-clergy;
using the word universitas (which was coined at its foundation);
issuing secular and non-secular degrees: grammar, rhetoric, logic, theology, canon law, notarial law.

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  1. Maddy467

    Schools Which University should I go to for my undergrad in physics?

    I'm an international student. I've been accepted into Stony Brook (NY), Rutgers-New Brunswick (NJ), University of Arizona and Iowa State University. (all with decent scholarships... amounts in increasing order with Stony Brook costing me the most) I'm really confused about the first 3. All of...
  2. E

    Schools Question About Relevance of a HBSc degree at UofT Compared to US Universities

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  3. cwill53

    Quantum Workforce Elements, Toolbox for QIS Programs at Universities

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  4. Corpuscule

    When will universities disappear?

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  5. M Yurtsever

    Schools Best Universities in Europe for Superconductivity Research

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  6. R

    Quantum Modern Physics Textbook Recommendations for Top-Tier Universities

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  7. Roger Dalton

    Schools Best universities to study Physics in the UK?

    Hello everyone! I'm studying Physics at college and next year I'll be doing a course abroad in the UK. After doing some research and considering my college's international agreements I have to decide between Durham University, Manchester University, and the Imperial College of London, but I...
  8. Jamister

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  9. V

    Good graduate programs (but not top universities) for physics?

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  10. atyy

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  11. jamalkoiyess

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  12. llha

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  13. Eagle9

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    Schools What is the educative system like at German universities? Should I study there?

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  15. S

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  16. M

    Schools Affordable Canadian Universities with Strong Physics Programs for Grad School"

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  17. DariusP

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  18. M

    Schools Which field of study has the highest professor employment?

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  19. L

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  20. AlvisPrabhu

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    Hello, I am a US citizen currently residing abroad.i am studying under CBSE , in grade 12. After graduation I wish to study in US . I aspire to become an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist. What are some top universities that I can try for? What are the requirements?
  21. E

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  22. N

    Schools Canadian universities for physics undergrad program

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  23. M

    Schools Where to go? Canadian universities.

    I've been mulling over the question of "does it matter where i do my undergrad" and while many seemto answer this question with: no, your employer is never going to care. What about for those who want to stay in academia? I'm currently preparing to move from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to somewhere...
  24. E

    I Problem sets between universities

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  25. Grands

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  26. S

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  27. R

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  28. bhobba

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  29. twist.1995

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  30. SquidwardTentacles

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  31. K

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  32. S

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  33. T

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  34. UsableThought

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  35. A

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    I'm applying for university this year and have taken interest in these two schools. Which one will provide me with the best physics education? And I plan on attending physics graduate school too.
  36. BubblesAreUs

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  37. Roma93

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  38. AaronK

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  39. VoloD

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  40. PabloAMC

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  41. N

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    Hello, I have recently heard about this website, and it sounded like the right place to ask for some academic guidance. I hope this is the right subforum. I am a sophomore student at Iowa state university majoring in Physics. I was recently accepted at Ohio State university. All of my credits I...
  42. M

    Schools Any good open universities around?

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  43. A

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  44. DaniV

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  45. ujjwal3097

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  46. ujjwal3097

    Schools Affidavit for financial support for US universities

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  47. A

    Geocentric model: how long was it taught in universities?

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  48. S

    Schools Should i attend to top universities to become a physicist?

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  49. M

    Schools Help in choosing three universities for physics

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  50. S

    Schools Universities for nuclear physics

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