“Together, we can inspire galaxies of greatness for generations to come. So no, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning”  

– Donovan Livingston

To obtain a degree in the UK has becomes a popular choice for many students around the world. Earning a degree here, is a dream come true for many and is a chance to professional development. The country has housed many infamous figures in history. Their walls echo the tales of history which possess the personalities that changed the world. They inspire and teach us every day. So, let’s look at some of the most infamous personalities who studied in UK universities. 

Albert Einstein 

Christ Church College, Oxford  

One of the greatest physicists of all time studied a Christ Church college briefly before immigrating to the US. You cannot talk about the Oxford alumni, without talking about him. This Nobel winning physicist revolutionised physics and the universe we live in. So, if you taking a walk down the Oxford halls, you might just be stepping in his footsteps!

Mahatma Gandhi 

Inner Temple, London 

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a global icon for non-violent movement who inspired millions of people on his ideology of ahimsa became a barrister at the Inner Temple, London in 1988. He even passed his matriculation exam in the University of London. The anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who led the successful campaign for India’s independence from the British rule even inspired Martin Luther King Jr and his civil rights movement. 

Oscar Wilde 

“The two great turning-points in my life were when my father sent me to Oxford, and when society sent me to prison,”

Oscar Wilde

Magdalen College, Oxford 

If you talk about literature without mentioning Oscar Wilde, you might as well not talk about it at all. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, Irish poet and playwright revolutionised the literature world with his novel “The picture of Dorian Gray”. He was a spokesperson for aestheticism and is an inspiration to young writers from all around the world. His journey as a poet began in the UK in the banks of Cherwell. 

Malala Yousafzai 

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

One of the most influential figures of the 21st century, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for female education. She is known for her advocacy in female education and human rights, especially for the education of women and children in her native Swat valley in Pakistan where the Taliban had at times banned young girls from going to school. She studied philosophy, economics and politics at Oxford. 

Desmond Tutu 

“Research has opened up a whole new universe to me. I was delighted by the accessibility of books, the right to challenge and argue, and the opportunity to listen to the insights of minds whose knowledge and understanding made me ready to explore more.”

Desmond in his time at King’s College. 
King’s College, London 

Known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Desmond Tutu was a graduate and post graduate student at King’s college in London. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “role as a unifying leader in the campaign to solve the apartheid problem in South Africa.” He was a voice in the battle against bigotry, hunger, misogyny, HIV/AIDS etc.  

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