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Locations of Molbridge universities.

Molbridge, also known as the Molbridge triangle, is a semi-official grouping of the University of Damesbridge, the University of Tolbury and the University of Morwall, which are ancient universities, being the oldest, wealthiest, most prestigious and research-intensive universities in Estmere. The name is a portmanteau term, combining the names of the three institutions (Morwall, Tolbury, Damesbridge).

As a term, it often refers to the three universities collectively, to the similarities between the institutions such as their shared use of the collegiate model, and of their heightened status compared to other Estmerish univerisites. The term often carries connotations of elitism.

Origins

The three institutions are ancient universities, all having been founded over seven hundred years ago. In spite of this, the terms Molbridge and Molbridge triangle appear to be a recent invention. Molbridge is a portmanteau. It combines the names of the three instituions in the reverse order of their founding (Morwall, Tolbury, Damesbridge). The first recorded use of the term is in a 1922 political pamphlet by the Estmerish Section of the Workers' International, which called for the "end of the Molbridge elite class privledge". The term was then picked up by the universities themselves, and used to describe the three ancient universities collectively during the 1954 World's Fair. In 1997, the universities held the inaugural Molbridge conference, which made them a semi-official grouping.

Members

Founded Institution Location Undergraduate enrollment (2020/21) Postgraduate enrollment (2020/21) Total enrollment (2020/21) Budget (2020/21) Academic staff (2020/21) Motto Colours
1087 University of Damesbridge Damesbridge,
West Counties
16,938 11,802 28,740 €3.075 billion 7,659 Per dominum scio
(By the Lord, I know)
1102 University of Tolbury Tolbury,
Swerdia
13,288 8,762 22,050 €2.794 billion 6,422 Docentia scisco
(With teaching, I come to know)
1298 University of Morwall Morwall,
Greater Morwall
42,891 17,526 60,417 €5.207 billion 18,519 In sapiendo vita iucundissima est
(Knowledge is bliss)

Rankings

National

The Molbridge universities tend to rank highly on Estmerish university league tables, with the triangle universities regularly topping the tables. It is rare for any of the three universities to be included on a rankings list or league table outside of the top five. Damesbridge and Tolbury usually take the top two spots, while Morwall usually places third or fourth.

University Standard Higher Education Rankings (2021) The Chartist University Guide (2021) Duhamel University League Tables (2021)
University of Damesbridge 1 2 1
University of Morwall 4 3 3
University of Tolbury 2 1 2

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