Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has applauded the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the presentation of Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).
Adamu, who commended the National Universities Commission (NUC) for its drive in ensuring the springing up of more private universities in Nigeria, said the Commission’s effort is paying off with the establishment of more of such institutions in Northern Nigeria in recent times.
The minister stated these at the public presentation of the CCMAS Book 1 series for Nigerian universities and a book in his honour, on Tuesday in Abuja.
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“In 859 AD, one Fatima Al-Fihri (sic), a woman-Muslim woman established the first university in the world, at the time, the Italian
universities, Oxford, Cambridge universities have not started, the first university is still existing there, it is now in Morocco.”
“And about 100 years after that one, another university was established, the second university in the world before the universities of Europe, in Cairo and just like the first one, this university was established by a Muslim woman, Fatimatu Zahara (sic).
“So the first two universities in the world were established by Muslim women and here people are using Islam to keep women at home. I think it does not make sense,” the minister said.