Cambridge 800: The opening celebrations
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The impact the University has made on the world
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The University of Cambridge hosted its annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas between 21 October and 1 November 2009 - a chance 'to explore centuries of ideas as we celebrate the University's 800th Anniversary year.'
Today’s schoolchildren studying for Cambridge examinations are tomorrow's scientists, business leaders, artists, politicians, thinkers − and many more roles beside.
To prepare for this, children need to acquire knowledge and understanding, and must be able to apply what they have learnt, and to think independently.
CIE and the University share the same fundamental educational values − a commitment to excellence, equality of opportunity for any student with talent and ability, and a drive to ‘transform tomorrow’
This philosophy underpins the work of an undergraduate, just as much as a pupil starting school. Particularly in the field of scientific discovery, where the University boasts a truly amazing history. Scientific education is now one of CIE’s real strengths, and the education provided by Cambridge Science qualifications will lay the foundations for more world class research and discovery in years to come.
Education brings social mobility, transforming the lives of individuals and the societies in which they live and work. Some of the world's most remarkable individuals have studied at the University of Cambridge, reaping the benefits of an education founded on the same principals as those supporting Cambridge students today, wherever they study.