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This article is about the the building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals. For the building in other games, see University.

Unique Hausa building that can toggle between XP and Influence generation. Trains Griots and researches Alliance technologies. Most effective when near a Town Center, Trading Post, and Palace.
—In-game description

The University is an economic building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Hausa. It trains Griots and generates 0.75 XP or 0.75 influence every second, in addition to researching technologies obtained from Alliance Age ups.

All Universities must generate either experience or influence; changing the resource generation on one University will change the generation of all Universities. The generation rate is increased when the University is built close to a Town Center, Trading Post, and/or Palace.

Special ability[]

  • Sphere of Influence (passive): Increases the University's experience/influence generation rate for every Town Center, Trading Post, and Palace built in an AOE of 30 around it.
    • With the "Gobarau Minaret" Home City Card, Sphere of Influence also make buildings built 25% faster and increasing their work rate by 25% (10% for Town Centers). The effect do not stack if one building is affected by Spheres of Influence from multiple Universities.
    • With the "Massina Madrasahs" Home City Card, Sphere of Influence also allow villagers to gather from trees and mines 30% faster. The effect do not stack if one villager is affected by Spheres of Influence from multiple Universities.

Units[]

Age Unit Cost Pop. Limit
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Griot aoe3de portrait.png Griot 120 coin 1 5

Technologies[]

For technologies available from Alliance Age ups, see Alliance.
Age Technology Cost Effect
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Timbuktu Manuscripts.png Timbuktu Manuscripts 450 influence Next Age up time -50 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
Hausa Bakwai 800 influence Town Center build limit +3
Banza Bakwai 3,000 influence Ships 3 Kingdom Builders; University build limit +3; requires Hausa Bakwai
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City walls aoe3de icon.png City Walls 400 wood,
600 coin
Walls get +400% hit points, build time +50%

Further statistics[]

As Universities are unique to the Hausa, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As Universities are unique to the Hausa, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are shown in the following tables:

History[]

An often overlooked feature of medieval and early modern societies in West Africa is their rich tradition of storytelling and education. The griot, a keeper of oral tradition responsible for entertaining and educating his people with tales and epics, was a key figure among several rural and nomadic groups. Other urban societies established universities in the midst of their cities to educate future scholars in religious and secular subjects.
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