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Which institution awards the Pulitzer prize? Columbia University.
Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer gave money in his will to Columbia University to launch a journalism school and establish the Prize. The prizes are given annually to award achievements in journalism and photography, as well as literature and history, poetry, music and drama. The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in 1917.
Since 1998, Harvard University wraps marble statues on its campus with waterproof covers every winter. Why? To protect from acid rains.
The eastern third of the United States is significantly impacted by acid rain. Acids in the rain react with the calcium compounds in the stones like limestone or marble to create gypsum, which then flakes off.
What is the oldest University in the USA? Harvard.
The college was established in 1636 as a college in the Bay of Massachusetts Bay, 6 years after its founding (the first British colony). Named after John Harvard's pastor, who donated her library and was dependent on her.
What is the name of a well-known Paris university? Sorbonne.
The University of Paris was founded in 1158. A century later, in 1257, Robert de Sorbon founded the College de Sorbon as a meeting place for theology faculty. Over time, this name was adopted for the entire university.
Where is the oldest university in Spain located? In Salamanca.
The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest in the world in continuous operations. The facade of the university is one of the most representative examples of the Spanish plateresque style.
Where was the first university in Central Europe established? In Prague.
The Charles University was established by the king of Bohemia, Charles IV of House Luxembourg in 1348. One of its rectors was Jan Hus. Despite wavering times, like conflicts with the Pope, it survived to be one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation and ranks in the upper 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities (Data from 2014-08-12)