Fatima Muhammad Al-Fihri , a Muslim woman, child of Muhammed Al-Fihri, a wealthy merchant. She migrated from the city Kairouan, (located present day in Tunisia) to Fes (modern day in Morocco). She inherited her father's fortune and decided to build an educational institution.
In 859, she founded University of Al-karaouine, the World's first university, which was able to grant degree in higher education capacity.
Source: "Sacred Destinations." Kairaouine Mosque. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2013.