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Wye College

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Wye College was founded in 1447 by John Kempe, the Archbishop of York, as a college for the training of priests. Located in the small village of Wye, Kent, 60 miles (100 km) east of London in the North Downs area, Wye College is now a well-known study and research centre in the fields of Business and Management, Biological Sciences, the Environment and Agriculture.

Historical interest

Several of the oldest College buildings, such as the Latin School or the Parlour, date from the fifteenth century and the main college buildings are set amidst quadrangles and gardens. The medieval features of the College are definitely worth a visit.

Academic and learning center

The Wye campus occupies a 3 km² estate, which includes a farm, managed woodland and ancient grassland that provide outstanding research resources for agroecological research. These resources are augmented by extensive glasshouses, climate-controlled growth rooms for plants and insects, and a new containment facility for transgenic plants, that support the laboratory-based research. There are dedicated laboratories for plant molecular biology, genomics and gene sequencing, electron microscopy, use of radiochemicals, microbiology, soil analysis, and plant/animal cell culture.

Students from all over the world follow there undergraduates or postgraduates courses in fields related to agriculture, biology and food marketing. Numerous conferences and seminars are also run for professionals, or short-term students.

Since 2000, Wye College has been part of Imperial College London and has been renamed as Imperial College at Wye.

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