London is the capital of England and United Kingdom (UK). It is Britain’s largest and most crowded metropolitan area. London is a foremost global educational centre, having one of the largest populations of overseas students of any city in the world.
UCL, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London and LSE are leading centers of research and stand alongside MIT, University of California, Berkeley and other US Universities are very famous in terms of international repute. Virtually all leading British learned societies are based in London. The Royal Institution has historic importance, repository and promoter of acquisition of scientific knowledge through research and study.
OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
There are also numbers of colleges in London that offer education leading to degree authenticated by universities but not from actual universities. Some of these colleges are private institutions and very similar to actual universities like European Business School or Regent’s College.
London also has various further education colleges funded by Learning and Skills Councils. Traditionally these were completely separated from higher education system and offered vocational education below university level. This distinction is breaking down and various further education colleges now offer university level courses validated by local university and prepare students for university entrance, as well as providing them vocational courses.
London is also Britain’s leading centre for arts education. London has four music conservatories like:
- Royal College of Music
- The Royal Academy of Music
- Trinity College of Music
- The Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Art and design schools include
- Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
- Chelsea College of Art and Design
- London College of Communication
- London College of Fashion
- Goldsmiths College
- University of London
- Royal College of Art
- Slade School of Art
London is an important centre for medical education. The city’s medical schools are attached to top hospitals and some of them are numerous centuries old. The number of medical schools has been reduced to five after a recent series of mergers.
- Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
- King’s College London School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (formerly Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine)
- Imperial College School of Medicine
- University College London Medical School
- St George’s Hospital Medical School