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Game Info[]

Science building of the Medieval Era. Requires Library.


The University increases the Science Science output of the city, besides providing the first Scientist (Civ5).png Scientist specialist slots for your empire. The University is even more effective if the city is near jungle tiles - they receive +2 Science Science output each! Players that have lots of jungle should research Education as soon as possible and build Universities in the respective cities first, then assign 20xPopulation5.png Citizens to work them. Improve those tiles with Trading Posts (or Brazilwood Camps, if playing as Brazil) for additional Gold Gold output. Trading Posts could also yield additional Science Science later on if you adopt the social policies in the Rationalism tree.

Players are advised not to improve any sources of Bananas Bananas near a city with a University - they grow in jungles and yield a Food Food benefit even without being improved with a Plantation, so if the native jungle tile is preserved, it can yield both Food Food and Science Science.

You need a University in every city in order to build Oxford University.

Civilopedia entry[]

A university is an institute of research and higher education, serving children from the ages of 18 to about 24 (adults also attend universities, but the majority of the students are in the age range stated above). Formally, a university is a state-accredited institution which grants academic degrees in any number of subjects. The oldest continuously-operating university in the world is the University of Al-Karaouine, in Fes, Morocco, which was founded in 859 AD.

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