The University of Bologna (Italy) is widely regarded as the oldest university in the world. It was founded in 1088 and now, almost 1,000 years later, around 100,000 students are studying one or more courses in its 23 faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Europe.
But when it comes to the enrollment by numbers of students, European universities are outnumbered by their American and Asian counterparts. Even the so-called open universities or distance learning universities in Europe aren’t that large. Obviously, the size of a university is no guarantee for quality. The mega universities (more than 500,000 students) are all located in Asia. So where are the biggest universities in the world? And how many students are enrolled? Check the top 10 largest universities in the world!
Top 10 largest universities in the world
- University of Pune, Pune, India – 496,531 students
- Tribhuvan University, Kitipur, Nepal – 500,000 students
- Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand – 525,000 students
- Universitas Terbuka, Jakarta, Indonesia – 646,467 students
- Payame Noor University, Teheran, Iran – 818,150 students
- Bangladesh National University, Gazipur, Bangladesh – 1,000,000 students
- Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan – 1,806,214 students
- Islamic Azad University, Teheran, Iran – 1,900,000 students
- Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey – 1,974,343 students
- Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India – 3,500,000 students