The National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, was established in 1551, earning it the nickname the "Dean of the Americas."
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  • On May 12, 1551, the National University of Lima was established in Lima, Peru. Today, the school is the National University of San Marcos. This institution, chartered by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is the oldest university in the Americas.
    The National University of San Marcos has operated continuously for more than 500 years, and is the leading institute of higher education in Peru. One of its graduates, the novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    charter Noun

    document that outlines rules for how a state or other organization will be organized.

    establish Verb

    to form or officially organize.

    institution Noun

    established organization or set of organizing principles.

    university Noun

    institution for learning at the highest level.