The first university in the world—Facts

It’s an amazing feeling to hear some vintage stories, including stories of the origin of tertiary institutions. Some scholars haven’t even heard of the first university in the world. The probably have thought of it but haven’t given it enough time and effort to figure where it is and where if it is even still in existence.

The amazing truth is the fact that the first university in the world is still in existence and even offering degrees in many field of study.

This article would help you know the some extreme facts about the first university in the world, including and not limited to the structure of the courses offered in the institution, the location and their values.

Honestly, its can be intriguing. When I came across the facts about this institution the first time, I was awed at how the maintained relevance and uniqueness.

Let me give you a bit of what I know. The featured images will do the rest in sending you some awe feelings. See featured image here:


The first university in the world


This vintage institution is located in Fes, Morocco, it originally was a mosque founded in the 859s by Fatima al -Fihri, a strong woman.

The institution grew into one of the best universities on the field of natural sciences. It was until 1957 that the institution included mathematics, physics, chemistry, international and foreign languages.

The university is considered the first university in the world and the oldest and continuously operating degree-granting university in the globe by the Guiness Book Records.


Education and teachings at Al Quaraouiyine University focuses on the religion of islam and legal sciences with a heavy disclosures on, and particular strengths in, grammar/linguistics, Classical Arabic, and Maliki law, although a good number of lessons on non-Islamic subjects like French, English are also available to students.

Teaching and learning is done in the traditional method, where students are seated in a semi-circle around a sheikh, who tells them to read sections of a specific text, and asks them questions on specific points of grammar, or interpretation, law, and explains sophisticated points.

Students from all anywhere in Morocco and Islamic West Africa comes to Qarawiyyin, although a few may come from as distant as afield as Muslim Central Asia.

Even a good number of Spanish Muslim converts frequently enroll in the institution, largely drawn by the fact that the particular sheikhs of the Qarawiyyin, and Islamic scholarships made available in Morocco in general, are considered heirs to the rich religious including scholarly heritage of Muslim al-Andalus. They also consider it a privilege to be part of the first university in the world.



  • Minimum age is 18 yrs. Open to all worldwide.
  • Intensive classes: 2 – 4 hrs per day, M-F (3 / 6 wks).
    Semester courses: 20 hrs per week.
  • All Program is accredited fully by the Ministry of Education.
  • Cultural lectures are taught in English.
  • Semester Courses are kept at 14 weeks each. Fall & Spring approximately
  • Small class size: Only 15 students at allowed per class.
  • Classes usually start at 9:00 am.

Before you teach in the school you must be highly qualified, must also be a native speakers, must also be a University professor.

Core textbooks available for Weekly Arabic courses:

Alif Baa & Al-Kitaab, Volumes 1, 2, 3
(Georgetown University Press),

Moroccan Arabic Textbook:
A basic Course written in Moroccan Arabic, by Richard Harrell & Mohammed Abu Taleb
(Georgetown University Press)

Adding to the Arabic language courses, the program offers Islamic Cultural Courses, including educational tours.

The Colloquial Moroccan Arabic known as Darija is the official Arabic dialect of Morocco, and can also be taken jointly with the Modern accepted Standard Arabic courses.

Arabic Language & Culture 1 (A 310)
Arabic Language & Culture 2 (A 311)
Arabic Language & Culture 3 (A 312)
Arabic Language & Culture 4 (A 313)

Sample Cultural Lecture Topics:

In what is believed to be the first university in the world hot topics inludes:

Gender Relations as regards to the Arab-Muslim World

Also taught is Contemporary Issues in the Moroccan Society, including:

Islam Religion
Politics, and Culture
Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature
Arab-Islamic Architecture

Note: In collaboration with University of Fez,
Al Akhawayn University,
Meknes University, and
American University Center.


Dahr Mehraz BP 2509
Fez (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
MoroccoT+212 (53) 575 3601F+212 (53) 570 2867


Al-Azhar University:

The institution is located in Egypt, it’s the second oldest surviving degree institute. Founded in 970-972, this institution serves as a strong center for Arabic literature including Sunni Islamic learning.

The Al-Azhar university focuses upon a religious syllabus, which give special considerations to the Quranic sciences, Muslims and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad on the one hand, and also teaching all modern and vintage fields of science. The institution seconds the First University in the world.


This line of universities was started by Khwaja Nizam alMulk in the eleventh century and what is now present -day Iran.

This is the most celebrated of all the Nizamiyya institutions is Al -Nizamiyya of Baghdad, founded in 1065 in and that is still operational in Isfahan. But, this was just one out of the many Nizamiyyah schools, others were situated in Mosul, Herat, Damascus, Nishapur, Amul, and Basra. Finds itself in the 3rd place of the first university in the world.

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