Who is FAOU?
Fatima Al-Fihri Open University is an international non-profit educational institution established online in Feb, 2016. Since then, it has been growing at an incredible pace. Currently, we are a team of multinational youths working in various countries worldwide and passionately committed to our goal of creating an inclusive learning environment that elevates our students and gives meaning to their educational experiences.
Thus, we are offering free and accessible tools for the university level education of individuals worldwide who have earned their high school diploma, regardless of age, country, educational or cultural background. Since almost all the UN and development entities consider education a crucial driver of development, we envision an abundant, developed world in which individuals can easily access higher education. We are confident that with our tireless, diligent work, and the support of inspired others towards the Sustainable Development Goal of "equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" our vision can be achieved.
A Look Back!
Fatima Al-Fihri was born in Tunisia in the year 800. At a young age, she moved with her family to Fez, Morocco. In the year 859 Fatima founded the world's first academic degree granting university still existing today; the University of Qarawiyyin, which is considered the oldest university in the world. The University of Qarawiyyin became the most important cultural and intellectual bridge for Muslim and European cultures. Many of the scholars at Qarawiyyin became great scientists such Mohammed Al Idrissi and Ibn Khaldoun. Her name represents sustainability, the women contribution to the knowledge society, a bridge between different cultures through education and a tribute to, no at days, a rather unknown Arabic woman who played a crucial role in the Islamic Golden Age.
Why we choose this Name?
We believe that education should be open for everyone and Fatima Al-Fihri is one of the historical leaders who went on this path.
How we could do it?
The university is using a charity funding, but our main income is from the low-cost courses which fund the work done by our experts, professors and volunteers.