The worlds oldest university was arguably in Nalanda, India. It started around the 6th or 5th century BC and had up to 10,000 students and 200 teachers.
It was most likely sacked by Muslim raids around 1200 AD. There are many other “contestants” for the first university in India, China and other places. Truth is, we will most likely never know which was first.
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Nalanda University Ruins by Prince Roy [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.