Fontjäna Ünivërsitat

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Fontjäna University
Fontjäna Ünivërsitat
Established1504
CountryKarolia
 • CityFontjäna
Government
 • ChancellorMäärjä Sais
Students9000
 • Undergraduate6500
 • Postgraduate2500
ColoursBlue and white

Fontjäna University (Karolian: Fontjäna Ünivërsitat) is a higher education establishment located in the city of Fontjäna, Karolia. It is the second oldest university in the country (after that of Känton) and was founded in 1504. Around 9000 students are currently enrolled on courses.

History

The university was founded by the city's guild elders who wanted to establish a liberal arts school as a symbol of the prestige of the city (Fontjäna was the main trading port in western Karolia and the most powerful city of the time). Admission was open to sons of the clergy, guild members and nobility. The students would study for four years and were examined in religious knowledge, rhetoric, philosophy, music, grammar and astronomy. By 1580 science and medicine were also being studied at the university along with secular history and mathematics. In 1584 it was decreed that students from other states who were of suitable background would be admitted to the university, vastly increasing its body of scholars and prestige in the country.

The university gradually drifted away from its connection to the church and became an international centre for sciences and ancient historical studies. Even when Karolia declined as a trading power in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was still attracting scholars from other states and overseas and maintaining a student body of over 1000.

In the nineteenth century the university rebuilt several of its buildings and established a new main campus in a former showground to the west of the city centre. A new library building was at the centre of the development. It also revised its courses to specialise in sciences and arts subjects.

Female students were admitted to the University from 1865. They currently make up more than half of the student body.

Faculties

The University today is comprised of the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts (History, Philosophy, Linguistics, Fine Art, Cinema, Drama)
  • Faculty of Music (Music, Music Technology and Ethnomusicology)
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences (Environmental science, Biology, Geology, Natural History, Astronomy)
  • Faculty of Human Sciences (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Faculty of Technological Sciences(Computing, Architecture, Engineering)

Almost all offer degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Part-time students and distance learning are available on most courses.

Fontjäna is noted for its arts faculties and its music school is considered to be as good as the Conservatiore in Santjana, although with a different programme of studies.

Campus

The majority of the university buildings are located on a parkland site in the west of the city, however the Guildhall is in the old city centre and other faculties have buildings in other locations. The Biology department maintains two facilities outside the city: one in the coastal conservation area at Somai to the west and one in the grasslands 15km to the north.

The Guildhall dates from the University's founding and is used for graduation, formal events, dinners, concerts and for examinations.

The university has a large and famous library on the main campus with smaller libraries located in most faculties.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences owns a small museum of natural history, with specimens and a much larger collection not on general display.

The Music Faculty owns a collection of antique and notable instruments which are made available to students and staff. The University Orchestra, Choral Society and Choir are amongst the best student ensembles in Karolia and undertake tours annually. The main campus has a 500-seat concert hall (Artehus) which is open to the public and regularly used by visiting performers. Student concerts in the city are also often given in the Guildhall or in churches.

Notable alumni

Student facilities

The university is unusual in having very few halls of residence: these are more commonly offered to postgraduates. Instead, they own or operate a large number of houses and apartments throughout the city which are allocated to students. This is partly due to high building costs in the city but also as it is held to integrate the students into the area better.

All students are entitled to a free transport pass for travel within the city. The main campus is on tram routes 2 and 3 and is close to several bus routes.

The university has a sports centre comprising an outdoor running track, tennis courts and indoor pitchs. Near to the main campus is the city swimming pool which is used by students.