More than 4.42 billion people live in Asia, the continent with the largest and most populous population in the world. Not inferior to Europe, you will find many educational centers on this large continent.
Some of them already exist and were built more than a century ago. Here are 10 of the oldest universities or campuses in Asia, according to asianranking.com!
1. University of Santo Tomas, Filipina
The university was founded on April 28, 1611. Despite its presence in the Philippines, the architecture of the building resembles that of buildings on the European continent. It is the oldest university on the Asian continent, and even older than Oxford University.
What is proud of the campus and students of the University of Santo Tomas is that this campus has given birth to great people for the Philippines. One of them is the National Heroes of the Philippines, Jose Rizal. Besides him, the university has also given birth to four Philippine Presidents and three Vice Presidents of the Philippines. How to You want to go to college on this campus, right?
2. Serampore College, India
You know, the University was founded in 1818 by the British colonists known as the Serampore Trio, they were William Carey, Joshua Marshman, and Willian Ward. At that time, the campus employed 17 teaching staff and 30 non-teaching staff. In addition, this university only has 3 faculties, namely arts, science, and trade economics.
Since it was built since British colonial times, this campus has a building with unique European architecture.
3. Dhaka College, Bangladesh
The university, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, was built in 1841. Do you know that from 685 state universities in Bangladesh, Dhaka College ranks third as the best university? The quality of this university is unquestionable, many important people in Bangladesh are alumni of Dhaka College, say only Zillur Rahman who is the 19th president of Bangladesh.
4. University of Indonesia, Indonesia
We certainly already know about this university. One of Indonesia's proud campuses is the fourth oldest university in Asia, founded in 1849 under the name Dokter-Djawa School Batavia. Then in 1954, it changed its name to Universitas Indonesia.
The UI campus is located in two remote areas, the Salemba campus, and the Depok campus. At present, UI has 14 faculties, 2 graduate schools, and 1 vocational program.
5. Keio University, Japan
Founded in 1858, Keio University is the oldest institute of higher education in Japan. These campuses are in Tokyo and Kanagawa. The campus also has 10 faculties, including economics, literature, law, business and commerce, science and technology, medicine, information science and the environment, policy management, pharmacy, and medical and nursing sciences.
6. King Edward Medical University
If you like the medical world, there's no harm in continuing your education at the oldest university in number 6 in Asia. King Edward Medical University was founded by British Raj in 1860 under the name Lahore Medical School. But after Pakistan gained independence, the campus changed its name to King Edward Medical.
This campus is the oldest medical school in Pakistan. The campus is in Lahore and provides medical personnel in seven hospitals in the city.
7. American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Even though the name is America, the location of this university is not in America but in Lebanon. This campus is known to have quite beautiful scenery because it has many parks in it. Despite its location in Lebanon, the American University of Beirut is the number 1 best university in the Arab region and 235 in the world.
Built-in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) has 64 buildings in it. If you want to study in this place, prepare sufficient funds, because this university is famous for its expensive fees. It might be comparable because AUB is the top-ranking university in Lebanon and is a private campus.
8. University of Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo University or also known by the name of Todai University was founded in the Meiji era in 1877. Although almost all types of academic fields are taught here, the University of Tokyo is best known for its law and literature faculties.
The University of Tokyo has produced many great Japanese politicians, for example, 6 Japanese prime ministers who are alumni of the University. Not only politicians but the University of Tokyo has also succeeded in producing great Nobel laureates.
9. University of Yangoon, Myanmar
Because of its status as the oldest university in Myanmar, Yangon University is the ancestor of the major universities in the country. Founded in 1878, the university offers mainly master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas and doctorates in liberal arts, science, and law programs. The famous alumni of this university is Aung San.
10. Tianjin University (Imperial Tientsin University), China
The university which was founded on October 2, 1895, was originally named Tientsin University / Imperial Tientsin University, then changed to Peiyang University. But in 1951 it changed again to Tianjin University until now.
This campus is a national campus under the direct control of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Currently, Tianjin University employs 4,600 staff and has 342 professors.