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Oxbridge is a word that is used to mean the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in England. It used to mean a fictional mix of the two universities, but now refers to both in real life.
The word 'Oxbridge' started because the two universities are very similar:
- They are the two oldest universities in England; both were started more than 800 years ago.
- They were the only universities in England until the 19th century.
- Between them they have produced a large number of Britain's most well known scientists, writers, and politicians, as well as famous people in many other jobs.
- Also, they both share a similar college system, as each university is made up of separate colleges.
The competition between Oxford and Cambridge also has a long history, dating back to the days when Cambridge was founded by unsatisfied scholars from Oxford.
- "A brief history of the University of Oxford". http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/introducing_oxford/a_brief_history_of_the_university/index.html. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "A brief history of the University of Cambridge - Early records". http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/history/records.html. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
- Famous alumni and students of Cambridge University
- Carole Cadwalladr on the Oxbridge elite | higher news | EducationGuardian.co.uk