FAOU (Fatima Al-Fihri Open University), is a non-profit international online institute registered in Estonia as a European digital company. The university was established in 2016, and since then we have developed courses in various specialties with professors from well-ranked universities and experts from leading international organizations. The university aims to offer high-quality, low-cost courses accessible by youth around the world, also to promote open access to scientific research and use technology to facilitate learning.
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 did 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.