Monday, December 15, 2014

Early history of University of St Andrews

St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland. In May 1410, Bishop of St Andrews Henry Wardlaw founded the University of St Andrews, the first institutions of the kind in Scotland.

The need for Scotland’s premiere university came out of the period between 1378 -1429, referred to in Europe as the ‘Great Schisms’.

The university was granted a charter by the bishop of St. Andrews.  It was recognized as a stadium generale by papal bull issued by Benedict XIII in 1413.

The university was established on the model of the college of Paris for teaching all manner of arts and sciences.

By the middle of the 16th century the University had three colleges – St Salvator’s (1450), St Leonard’s (1511) and St Mary’s (1538).
Early history of University of St Andrews

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