Are you considering a degree with University of London? Want to find out more? Here are some interesting facts we bet you didn’t know about University of London. You might very well be the next ‘father of chemistry’ or famous writer.


1. In 1858 the Queen of Britain, Queen Victoria, signed a Charter allowing the University of London to offer its degrees to people wherever they had studied. University of London became the first university to offer its degrees worldwide and made a university education available to people who were not wealthy, who were working, or who were not able to study full-time on a University campus in London. You go queen!


2. There are over 50,000 students studying for University of London degrees in 190 countries – including Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt to Yemen and Zambia.

3. The first students in Singapore took University of London exams in 1906.


4. 2016 will mark 30 years since University of London degrees were first offered by SIM-GE to students in Singapore.

5. Emeritus Professor Kiang Ai Kim, ‘the father of chemistry’ in modern Singapore gained a University of London degree in 1939 in Chemistry while living in Singapore.

6. During the Second World War, people in 88 prisoner of war camps in Germany and Italy studied for University of London degrees.


7. Science fiction writer and author HG Wells, who penned famous works like The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, studied for a University of London degree.


8. Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace prize winner, spent many of his 27 years of imprisonment studying law. He passed the London Intermediate exams in 1963, but the conditions imposed by the South African authorities prevented him from completing his degree in the 1960s and 70s.

Intrigued yet? Learn more about what University of London has to offer here!

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