Tahmine University

The Kashebi people prize scholarship and learning, and Tahmine University is the epi-center of Kashebi scholarship, as well as being perhaps most famous university in the world.

History: Tahmine University can trace it origins back to the founding of Borsipa in the times of Hazulka the wise. When Hazulka was founding his city, he gave of the cities famous hills over to one of his Viziers to build a library and a school to educate the future ministers of the sultanate. The hill given over was consider to be one of the less desirable, as it was some ways inland from the river, but it was also one of the larger hills in Borsipa, giving the school room to grow over the centuries. Tahmine prospered as a school for aspiring ministers & scholars and for educating heirs.

The key inflection point for Tahmine came after the Eramii conquest. The previous Sultan fell in the campaign against the Eramii legions as they conquered Borsipa. many expected the new Sultan, Semelka the Learned, to flee to Nisunu or Sumai and raise another army in resistance to the conquerors. But instead Semelka treated with the Eramii Emperor and submitted in return for the promise to be allowed to administer the Kashebi lands as an Eramii client king. Although many spent the next 30 years of Semelka’s reign awaiting his revolt against the Eramii, Semelka’s passion had always been writing, not war. He gave his reign over to building Tahmine into what it is today. The modern concept of a university, as opposed to the libraries or academies of the day, was conceived by Semelka and he spared no expense building Tahmine into the most extravagant place of learning every seen. The Eramii, happy to keep the Kashebi focused on matters other than revolt, were happy to supply funds and support to the endeavor and a generation later the scions of many important Eramii families visited Tahmine in their studies.

Organization The university is administered by a chancellor appointed by the Sultan. Tahmine’s chancellor is a key figure in the Kadashah court and wields considerable influence and resources in the city and the court. The university is divided into three schools: the school of the written arts, the school of natural studies, and the school of arcane theory.

Building: Tahmine is a sprawling compex, covering one of Borsipa’s largest hills on the western end of the city. As Tahmine has grown, new wings, towers, annexes, and halls have been added to Tahmine. Each addition is a distillation of the prevailing wind in the architectural faculty at the time of its construction, giving Tahmine a somewhat hap-hazardous and eclectic appearance. However, at every stage of its construction was carried out by the best craftsmen and architects of the era, and every add on has its own grace and beauty, even if the overall effect is somewhat chaotic. The key constant has been the Kashebi love of spires and towers, of which Tahmine boasts several dozen.

The core of Tahmine is the chancellor’s lecture hall. This enourmous semi-circular hall is large enough to seat every student and faculty member at Tahmine. The entire hall, from the podium at is center, up the steep rows of seats, is made from elegant darkwoods imported from the jungles far to the south. Tahmine regularly invites prestigious scholars, leaders, and other notable personages to give lecture at the school which take place in the chancellor’s hall. The Sultan himself has addressed the school several times to announce and outline new projects or inniatives.

Education: Tahmine pioneered the idea of a uniform course of study for its students. A course of study generally runs five years, and includes courses at each of the three schools. At the successful completion of this course of study the student is awarded Tahmine’s Degree of Practical Scholarship. At this point, students have the opportunity to apply to specific faculties for further studies in a specific disciplines, but there are relatively few such spots offered and most students leave the university at this time. Tahmine’s degree of practical scholarship is highly regarded around the world. The vizier’s of the Kadashah as well as both Safiyah Sultanates hold the degree, as historically did many high ranking Eramii ministers and advisors. The masters of finance for several of the world’s largest banks and trading houses also studied at Tahmine.