University College London

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Looks familiar...

University College London (UCL), technically part of the University of London, might just be the British Columbia:

  • Located in the heart of a huge, dense, world city
  • Compact "campus" with tiny patches of grass and neoclassical architecture, complete with centerpiece dome-and-steps combo
  • Uses the term "global university", just like Bollinger
  • Considered one of the best universities in Britain, after Oxbridge, much like Columbia is often considered the best Ivy League schools after Harvard, Yale, and Princeton

Despite the similarities, Columbia has tended to opt for stronger institutional links with Oxbridge and LSE.

Oh, and UCL is also displaying the enbalmed body of Core author Jeremy Bentham, who used to teach there, in its halls. Creepy.