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Students studying at Nalanda University, India. Source: Amith / Adobe Stock.

1500-Year-Old Nalanda University Makes a Comeback (Video)


Founded over 1,500 years ago, Nalanda University in India is widely regarded as the world's first residential university, predating even Oxford University by more than 500 years. During its heyday, Nalanda attracted over 10,000 students from various parts of the world, earning a reputation as one of the most significant centers of learning in ancient times. Tragically, towards the end of the 12th century AD, the university suffered destruction. Its fabled library, known for housing an extensive collection of ancient knowledge, was consumed by fire, resulting in the loss of invaluable texts and insights.

However, after an interval of 800 years, Nalanda University is now undergoing a revival, embracing the opportunities presented by the modern age. This revival seeks to reestablish the university's prominence and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in today's world. The resurgence of Nalanda University serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of knowledge and education. By reconnecting with its rich past and adapting to the demands of the present, Nalanda aims to reclaim its position as a distinguished institution of learning and foster intellectual growth in the 21st century.

Top image: Students studying at Nalanda University, India. Source: Amith / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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