Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university.
William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the communities of northern Scotland, and lawyers and administrators to serve the Scottish Crown. Much of the King's College still remains today, as do the traditions which the Bishop began.
The fact that the University has become what it is owes much to the determination and vision of a handful of visionaries and pioneers, including a distinguished list of scholars who in their own unique ways, helped to shape the University into the world-class institution we have today.
The University of Aberdeen belongs to the top 200 universities in the world and the top 100 universities in Europe.
(in the world)
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings||2018||185||108|
|QS World University Rankings||2019||172||75|
|Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities||2018||201||81|