Fact for August 31, 2008

The world’s oldest continuously operating (degree-granting) university is the University of Al-Karaouine in Fes, Morocco, founded in the year 859 AD.  (My PhD alma mater, St. Andrews, is not even close, though it is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, having been founded in 1410 [officially 1413 by Papal Bull]).

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