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What was the world's first university?

University of Al Quaraouiyine

(Universite Al Quaraouiyine) in the Moroccan city of Fes was founded as a madrasa-mosque complex by a Muslim woman ? Fatima al-Fihri

, the educated daughter of a wealthy merchant ? in 859. According to UNESCO, it is the oldest university in the world which is still operational,as well as being the first such institution to award degrees. This university was historically one of the leading spiritual and educational centres in the Islamic world. It was incorporated into Morocco's modern state university system in 1963.

As early as 700 B.C., there existed a giant University at Takshashila, located in the northwest region of Bharat(India).

Taxila also known as Takshashila, flourished from 600 BC to 500 AD, in the kingdom of Gandhar. 68 subjects were taught at this university and the minimum entry age, ancient texts show, was 16. At one stage, it had 10,500 students including those from Babylon, Greece, Syria, and China. Experienced masters taught the vedas, languages, grammar, philosophy, medicine, surgery, archery, politics, warfare, astronomy, accounts, commerce, documentation, music, dance and other performing arts, futurology, the occult and mystical sciences,complex mathematical calculations. The panel of masters at the university included legendary scholars like Kautilya, Panini, Jivak and Vishnu Sharma. Thus, the concept of a full-fledged university was developed in India.

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