The United States of America's prestigious Harvard University, which comes under the list of top universities of the world, has today completed 380 years.
About the university
- It is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
- Harvard was named for a Puritan minister, John Harvard, who left the college his books and half of his estate
- The school emerged as a national research university in the late 19th century under its president, Charles W Eliot
- Moreover, official data suggests that classes began in the summer of 1638 with one master in a single frame house and a 'college yard'
Till now, it has produced eight US presidents and over 150 Nobel laureates such as Barack Obama, Benazir Bhutto, Ban Ki-moon, John F Kennedy, among others
A look at Harvard's Library
- Volumes: 20.4 million
- Serial titles: 180,000
- Manuscripts: Approximately 400 million
- Pictures: 10 million
- Achieved web pages: 124 million
Last year, on April 3, reports came in that the varsity is set to open its international office in India, South Africa and China. According to a report in the college newspaper, The Harvard Crimson University is waiting for the approval from the Indian government for its school of public health to open an office in Mumbai.