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Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is an Anglican new university in Canterbury, Kent, England Founded as a Church of England college for teaching training in 1962, it has grown to full university status
The focus of its work is in the education of people going into public service. The university retains its status as a Church of England foundation. It is also known as England’s “missionary university”.
The university has developed rapidly since its inception in 1962 and now has nearly 20,000 students based at campuses across Kent, in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone, Medway and Tunbridge Wells. As well as being the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the public services – notably teacher training, health and social care and the emergency services – the university also offers academic and professional programmes, including credit-bearing higher education entry certificates, doctorates and research degrees. Policing and law courses have also been delivered both for UK and overseas law enforcement agencies. The university gives academic validation to ordination and post-ordination training courses for Anglican clergy delivered by the Canterbury and Rochester dioceses.
Canterbury Christ Church College (CCCC) was founded in 1962 by the Church of England in order to meet the needs of church schools at a time of teacher shortage. Classes were originally held in the priory next to St Martin’s Church, a building which has seen many uses including the private residence of a Bishop of Dover and also the residence for the principal of CCCC.