One wonders how this global multilingual forerunner of a quality modern university might fare under our ranking regime. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? The central fountain is an original 12th century Almohad piece of furniture which was complemented by two lateral fountains fixed under two symmetrical patios that were built under the Saadid rule , by the Sultan ‘Abdallah ibn al-Shaikh (r. 1606-23). The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco, the oldest operating institution in the world. Aristotle’s work was famously translated from Greek. All Rights Reserved. The works extended from the prayer hall to the east and west pushing the original courtyard further back to the west. Databases used by the larger university ranking systems, such as Scopus and CSI/SSCI, don’t automatically pick up non-English journals. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) considers citations in journals as a proxy for research quality. Image of arabic, architecture, copy - 65478778 Mohammed V University (Arabic: جامعة محمد الخامس , French: Université Mohammed-V de Rabat), in Rabat, Morocco, was founded in 1957 under a royal decree ().It is the first modern university in Morocco after the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez. Much of its character resembles the Cordoban type with its horseshoe arch and an ijmiz frame decorated with beautiful geometrical and floral Andalusian art, and bordered with Kufic calligraphy. This was a true academy of the arts and sciences, valued not for its citations, number of Nobel Prize winners or the ratio of doctorates to bachelor degrees, but for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. The courtyard was located to the west of the prayer hall, with the minaret standing in its middle adjoining the external wall . It is located in Fez, Morocco. So overwhelming was the number of applicants that the university had to introduce a vigorous selection system based on a number of conditions, including a completion of learning the whole Quran from primary Madrassas and a good knowledge of Arabic and of general sciences. The six domes are not really Andalusian copies, especially the perforated ones. It was founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859, and has grown to one of the major spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world.