University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583. This public research university is situated in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh collects about 47,000 applications every year, making it the third most famous university in the UK by volume of applicants. It was the 4th university to be founded in Scotland and the 6th in the United Kingdom, and is considered as one among the most esteemed universities in the world. This university is ranked as the top rated in Scotland and the 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 QS and Times Higher Education Ranking. The 2011 QS rankings ranked this university as 20th in the world. The University was established by a Royal Charter awarded by James VI in 1582. This was an atypical attempt at that point in time, since the majority of the universities were founded via Papal bulls. Education in Scotland is considered valuable and has been raised to global standards by The University of Edinburgh. The university took part in a very significant role in guiding Edinburgh to its repute as a major intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and also helped the city to get its nickname the Athens of the north.