I’ve been researching Oxford University because of that last post I reblogged and jesus it’s old. There’s no exact date for when it was founded exactly, but people have been teaching and learning there since at least 1096. That’s over 900 years ago.
To be fair it only got its big break in 1167, when Henry the Second banned students from travelling to the University of Paris and they all started going to Oxford instead.
For reference, Ghengis Khan would have been about five years old when that happened. The Mongol Empire wouldn’t emerge for another forty years.
Plus their first official international student arrived in 1190 and his name was “Emo of Friesland”, which is hilarious.