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Top interesting worldwide facts about education

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“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela

Many people think that Cambridge or Sorbonne are the oldest universities in the World, but is it really so? Learn more new and interesting things about education around the World. Top facts from history…

  • The title of the oldest university belongs to Muslim university – Karaouine (al-Qarawiyyin), founded in 859 AD in the Moroccan city of Fez.
  • If we represent the Earth population in the form of a small virtual town with a hundred people population, only one of them will have a university degree and only 30 will be able to read and write.
  • The sum of total loans for higher education in the United States exceeds $ 1 trillion.
  • Japan is not in a great demand among local applicants, as well as among the rest of the world, probably due to the complexity of studying. Nevertheless, some of Japanese private colleges incorporate gardens and schools. If a child passed all way from kindergarten to school, then he or she will be enrolled to the first year of college, with no exams.
  • The longest lesson lasted from 15 to 17 April 2003 in the State High School Laidlaw (Queensland, Australia). Professor Marie Burrows was giving a lecture on biology for 26 students during 54 hours in a row.
  • Every teacher in the Czech Republic schools teaches several disciplines. For example, same teacher can guides pupils in math and physical training, and other – chemistry, singing and Czech language.
  • The Harvard University and its Primal Scream tradition. On the eve of session (whether it is winter or spring), all comers need to run a circle around the Harvard University yard being completely naked. At the same time, desperate students are supported by Harvard Orchestra.
  • The teachers in Finland never force pupils to answer, unless they do not express such a wish. Obvious displays of one pupil deficiencies over other are unacceptable.
  • The Oxford students in the night of May 1 arrange a grandiose party, after which in the morning, all of them jump from the Mary Magdalene Bridge into the cold river.
  • In the Cuban high schools, studying is combined with work activity. Students from city schools go on agricultural works for 5-7 weeks per year.
  • The biggest honorarium for the 2-day course of lectures got Dr. Roland Dant in Chicago, and it amounted $ 3.08 million.
  • The Swedish school head teacher has the right to transfer an apt pupil, with the consent of his/her parents, to a next class during one school year.
  • One Chinese university class lasts 40 minutes.
  • For the Irish children from 6 to 15 years old – school attendance is mandatory. But for the students – classes attendance is free.
  • In 2003, the Indian Montessori School in Lucan enrolled 27,911 children.
  • There is a strict division of pupils by age groups in the Norwegian schools. Primary school pupils, 14-year-olds and 18-year-old young people do not study in the same building.
  • The Greek universities students have so many benefits that lots of them delay education up to 30 years. There is absolutely free education, free medical care and food in students canteens, there are also discounts for travel, and more.
  • When you are writing something down, whether it is complex term paper or simple drafts, using a pen and papers but not a keyboard, you are stimulating a collection of cells in the base of your brain known as the reticular activating system.  This physical act of writing brings the information to your forefront and switches on your brain and make it pay close attention.


  • More than half of primary school teachers of Indonesia are young: the average age – 30 years.
  • The American parents can be arrested if their children do not attend school.
  • There are no dining-rooms in lots of Japanese schools. Therefore, children have lunch right in their classrooms.