The United Kingdom (UK), which is a union of four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), is home to some of the oldest and most prestigious universities of the world. University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Durham, London School of Economics, Aberystwyth University, University of Glasgow, Ulster University etc. are a few such prestigious universities. Imperial campuses, excellent infrastructure and exceptional teaching standards make these educational institutes stand out from the rest. While maintaining the majesty and traditional standards of such Institutions, with new disciplines of study being introduced to enhance their timeliness and relevance, UK has added quite a few new Universities like Arden University (England), Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales), Leeds Trinity University (England), Plymouth Marjon University (England), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - University of London (England), University of Chichester (England), University College Birmingham (England), University for the Creative Arts (England), University of Suffolk (England), to cater to the most-modern world that places critical importance to international education. UK Universities have always been popular for academic programs in Sociology & Social Studies, Law, Business Management, Computer Science, and Communications/Media. Owing mostly to the "British empire status" that once encompassed almost a quarter of the world's landmass and a third of the world's population, the UK has been an International education hub for more than 100 years.