For Iranian society , Islamic seminaries have been the top centers for knowledge, research and education, as the focal-points for fields of study that include but go beyond the humanities.
With the emergence of new disciplines around the world, various societies were affected. And in Iran, new universities were Established. In spite of the fact that seminaries continued to promote religious-based sciences, the gap between these two institutions universities and seminaries-steadily widened. In response, prominent individuals from the seminaries took steps to fill this gap by associating with universities, from among them are:
Dr. Ayatollah Beheshti, Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, Ayatollah Dr. Mofattih and distinguished scholar of jurisprudence Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili.
Mofid University was established as a result of Grand Ayatollah Mousavi's dedication and efforts. It now stands as one of the centers which pursues the objective of combining ideas, opinions and disciplines of both Islamic seminaries and introducing their scholarly achievements to each other.
To this end, Mofid University's constitution was approved in summer 1988 by the supreme Council of Cultural Revolution.
With the selection of a Board of Trustees, the Founding Board inaugurated Mofid University in Qom.