Ministry of Education and Sport of Republic of Kazakhstan
L.N.Gumilev National Eurasian University
Essay on the Theme:
SUMMER SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND
Fulfilled by: Nurmaganbetova Gulshat
Astana – 2002
A Brief History of University
Structure of the Oxford University
Staff of the University
Teaching and Research
Oxford is renowned the world over, as the home of one of the oldest and
most highly revered Universities in Europe. The city lies at the
confluence of the Rivers Cherwell and Thames, or "Isis", as it is
locally known, giving the opportunity for boating, punting and many
pleasant riverside walks. Oxford is a compact city; its main streets
radiate from Carfax Tower in the centre, with most of the colleges and
University buildings all within easy walking distance. It was Mathew
Arnold whose description lingers in the mind, and best sums up Oxford.
"And that sweet City with her dreaming spires, she needs not June for
beauty's heightening". Just outside the City on Boar's Hill is the best
place to see an overall view of the "dreaming spires", a hauntingly
beautiful and unforgettable sight.
The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin - First mentioned in the
Domesday Book, one of the best views of Oxford is from the magnificent
tower, which was built in the 13th century, the nave dates from the 15th
and 16th centuries.
The Ashmolean Museum - Britain's oldest public museum, housing the
University's collections of paintings, glass, silver, ceramics and
artefacts from the ancient world.
Other Museums in Oxford - Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Oxford, Museum
of the History of Science, Oxford University Museum of Natural History,
the Bate Collection and the Pitt Rivers Museum.
The Radcliffe Camera (closed to the public) a rotunda, whose dome is a
landmark in Oxford's centre, was designed by James Gibb (1737-49).
Inspired by the Tower of the Winds in Athens, it is regarded as one of
Europe's most beautiful buildings. It originally housed the Radcliffe
Library, today the 16 sided room on the ground floor is a reading room
for the Bodleian Library.
The Bodleian Library - 15th century Divinity School, 17th century Old
Schools Quadrangle and Exhibition Room.
Carfax Tower - 16th century church tower and viewpoint.
Curioxity - Hands on science exhibits for all ages.
The Oxford Story - Ride through exhibition interpreting the fascinating
800 year history of Oxford University.
Sheldonian Theatre - The ceremonial hall of the University designed by
Sir Christopher Wren.
University of Oxford Botanic Gardens - Opposite Magdalen College in Rose
Lane is the oldest Botanic Gardens in Britain. Laid out in 1621 on the
instructions of Henry, Earl of Danby, as a Physic Garden. Entrance is
through the beautiful Italianate Gateway designed by Nicholas Stone,
beautiful flowerbeds, trees and greenhouses filled with rare plants,
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