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International Islamic University Malaysia

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Type  Public university
Rector  Zaleha Kamaruddin
Founded  20 May 1983
President  Rais Yatim
Established  23 May 1983
Phone  +60 3-6196 5601
Total enrollment  38,832 (2007)
International Islamic University Malaysia
Motto  Taman Ilmu dan Budi (Malay)
Motto in English  The Garden of Knowledge and Virtue
Chancellor  Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, the Constitutional Head
Undergraduates  25,612 (including 6,538 foundation students) (2014)
Address  Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Undergraduate tuition and fees  1,400 MYR (2015), International tuition: 12,000 MYR (2015)
Notable alumni  Fong Po Kuan, Ismail Omar, Zambry Abdul Kadir, Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, Muhammad Rizieq Shihab
Similar  University of Malaya, National University of Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

The International Islamic University Malaysia (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا‎‎; Malay: Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia), also known as IIUM or UIAM, is a public university in Malaysia. Its main campus is located in Gombak, Selangor with its Centre for Foundation Studies situated in Petaling Jaya and Gambang, Pahang and its medical-centric branch in Kuantan, Pahang. IIUM also has two city campuses in Kuala Lumpur and will be opening a new campus in Bandar Universiti Pagoh. The university is sponsored by eight governments from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It is distinct from the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and International Islamic University Chittagong in Chittagong, Bangladesh.


The university was established on 23 May 1983 and founded upon Islamic principles. Islamic values are inculcated into all disciplines. IIUM offers bachelor, Master's degree and PhD courses at its 14 faculties, also known as kulliyyah.

Since 1987, there have been 60,785 graduates and postgraduates who have completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia whereas 7,530 were international students.

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Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad conceived of the idea for an international institution of Islamic education in 1982 during a meeting between OIC leaders about the Islamization of knowledge. The idea was then shared with the then Minister of Education, Dr. Sulaiman Daud; the Director-General of Education, Murad Mohamed Nor and two other persons. Dr. Mohamed Kamal Hassan, then of the National University of Malaysia along with a senior academic official who attended the meeting, produced the first working paper on the concept of the university.

IIUM was officially established on 23 May 1983, by virtue of Section 5A (2) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, when the University received its Establishment Order from His Majesty the King, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, who was then appointed as its first Constitutional Head on 1 July 1983, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia and a number of Muslim Governments and the OIC.

The university's language of instruction was to be English and Arabic, and many of its students were to come from overseas. As Malaysian law did not allow for this, IIUM was incorporated under the Companies Act of 1965. Thus it became the first international university and the first university in Malaysia to use English as the medium of instruction and administration.

The university operates under the supervision of the Board of Governors, which is composed of representatives of the OIC as well as the eight sponsoring governments, namely; Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this university are all Malaysians.

A batch of 153 students from Malaysia and abroad were enrolled for the first academic session, which started on 8 July 1983. Courses were conducted under the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Laws, the Center for Fundamental Knowledge (CFK) and the Center for Languages (CFL). The members of this first batch received their degrees and diplomas during the First Convocation held on 10 October 1987. 68 graduates were conferred Bachelor of Economics (B.Econ/BECS) degrees, 56 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees, and 29 Qadhis were conferred Diploma in Law and Administration of Islamic Judiciary.


As a public university, IIUM is ruled ceremonially by the Constitutional Head who presides over convocations and serves as the point of reference for all constitutional issues. Equivalent to the Chancellor in other public universities, he is appointed by the King on the recommendation of the Federal Government for a term of 7-years. Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang is the current and founding Constitutional Head, a position that he has held for 5 terms.

The Board of Governors shall be the governing, policy-making and monitoring body of the University. While Senate is the highest academic authority responsible for the management of the academic and student affairs of the University. The Board of Governors presides]. He is assisted by the Rector who chairs the Senate and the Management Committee. Both the President (as the Chairman) and the Rector (as the Chief Executive Officer) are appointed by the Constitutional Head for a term of 5-years and 3-years respectively.


The university has moved to a 700-acre (2.8 km²) campus at Gombak, Selangor. The original campus in Petaling Jaya has been converted to Matriculation Centre and currently known as Centre For Foundation Studies (CFS). All foundation students are placed at the Petaling Jaya Campus, except for Foundation in Economics students at Gombak Campus and Foundation in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry at Gambang Campus, Pahang. Apart from these two campuses, IIUM has another three campuses—the Kuala Lumpur Campus at Persiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur Campus at Jalan Damansara, and Kuantan Campus about 250 km to the east in the state of Pahang. In September 2010, IIUM reported to open new campus in Pagoh, Johor for Kulliyyah of Languages & Management and another one in Gambang, Pahang as a new Centre For Foundation Studies replacing Petaling Jaya Campus.


IIUM has 14 faculties, called "Kulliyyah" which means college or faculty in Arabic. Two of the faculties are the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS). Other programs offered include Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Economics and Management Sciences.

The faculties (kulliyyah) of IIUM are:

  • Gombak
  • Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
  • Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
  • Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Engineering (KOE)
  • Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
  • Kulliyyah of Education
  • Kuantan
  • Kulliyyah of Medicine
  • Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
  • Kulliyyah of Nursing
  • Kulliyyah of Science
  • Kulliyyah of Dentistry
  • Centre

  • Gombak
  • Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)
  • Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPS)
  • Research Management Centre (RMC)
  • Counseling & Career Services Centre
  • Centre for University Social Responsibility (CENSERVE)
  • Entrepreneurship Development Centre
  • Sports and Recreational Centre
  • Centre For Islamisation (CENTRIS)
  • Kuantan
  • Natural Medicinal Product Centre (NMPC)
  • Petaling Jaya and Gambang
  • Centre for Foundation Studies
  • Kuala Lumpur Campus consists of two sub-campuses. IIUM CRESCENT is situated in Jalan Duta, while the Damansara Campus will be the campus for the Centre for Malay World and Ottoman Studies.
  • IIUM Centre for Strategic Continuing Education and Training (IIUM CRESCENT)
  • Centre for Malay World and Ottoman Studies
  • Institute

    Currently, there are three institutes that act as centre of excellence for the university.

  • Institute of Islamic Banking & Finance
  • International Institute of Muslim Unity
  • International Institute for Halal Research and Training
  • Facilities

    ICT Facilities IIUM is committed to providing continuous internet services to all its campuses and facilities by providing broadband and wifi access to all its students and staff members. IIUM is also continuously expanding its internet services and facilities to meet connectivity demands through its various upgrading projects. IIUM also has various online services, such as the myIIUM Student Portal, in which IIUM students can check and organize their personal schedules and information in a centralized online database. IIUM also has an e-learning and online community portal, whereby students can organize and coordinate their schedules, announcements and activities.

    IIUM Library IIUM has an extensive law library and research centre. It produces top-class university debaters; the university was placed seventh in the world varsity rankings in 2003. The University library system consists of five libraries at each of the University's five campuses: the Main Library at the Gombak campus, two Medical libraries in the Kuantan campus (Indera Mahkota and Jalan Hospital branches), the ISTAC Library at Damansara, the IIBF Library at Jalan Duta and the Centre for Foundation Studies (CENFOS) Library at Petaling Jaya.

    Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) The Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) is the university's biggest centre, used as a venue for the annual convocation ceremony. CAC can be converted to an examination venue. Cultural performances, talks and seminars have been held at the centre; a notable use was for the 2003 Asia Pacific Indigenous Plays Festival which featured cultural performances from Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, and the United States of America.

    Azman Hashim Complex The Azman Hashim Complex is a RM7 million multipurpose hall set up to serve the needs of IIUM students, and to be a revenue source for the IIUM Endowment Fund. Within the Complex, students can find all the modern conveniences for living their daily lives, such as three banks (Bank Islam, Bank Muamalat and AmIslamic Bank), a bookstore, an exclusive café and a multipurpose hall house. The income from these facilities will fund the scholarships for 15 deserving IIUM students, covering registration, tuition, hostel fees as well as a monthly stipend allowance.

    Sports Complex IIUM provides a wide variety of sports and recreational facilities and services across its campuses, in order to encourage productive and constructive leisure activities amongst its students. This is to realize the vision to produce students with holistic personalities, as well as promote an active and healthy lifestyle amongst the IIUM community.

    Hostel Facilities The students’ residential colleges in IIUM are also known as Mahallah, which is Arabic for ‘neighbourhood’. IIUM’s mahallahs are self-contained not only with services but also activities, and are named after the leading companions of the Prophet and the female Mujahidah and Syuhada. Since the early years of its establishment, IIUM has practiced 100% accommodation for its full-time undergraduate students. For postgraduate students, accommodation is provided based on availability of rooms. Priority is given to the non-Malaysian students, especially students from the newest intake.

    Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque

    The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque is situated at the centre of Gombak Campus.

    The Mosque's main prayer hall has a maximum capacity of 9000 people, with female prayer halls on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Mosque. The Mosque also organizes lectures, seminars and classes on concepts such as marriage and janazah, Tilawah and Tahfiz Al-Qur'an, as well as activities such as Qiyamullail and Tarbiyyah and training for students.


    IIUM started with 153 students in 1983. Today approximately 3,000 students enroll each year. As of 2005, there were approximately 20,000 students from over 40 Muslim majority countries studying in IIUM, as well as students from non-Muslim majority countries (such as Germany, Finland, China, South Korea, Japan, India, United States of America, Kashmir,Russia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines).

    The ratio of female-to-male students is 3:1.

    Since 1987, there have been 60,785 graduates and postgraduates who have completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia while 7,530 were International students.

    Having graduates all over the world, IIUM has established alumni chapters in Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Maldives, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Singapore. Branches of alumni chapters have also been opened in Turkey, China, Nigeria, the Philippines, Yemen, Brunei, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Gambia, Republic of Guinea and the United Arab Emirates.

    Medium of Instruction

    The medium of instruction is English, with Arabic used in courses related to the study of Islamic sciences like theology, jurisprudence and ethics. Basic Arabic is a compulsory course. In addition, basic Bahasa Melayu is compulsory for international under-graduate students.

    Awards and Recognition

    IIUM has participated in international competitions in the field of debate, public speaking and mooting. In 2004 Irma Nur Zahrah Bt. Junian from IIUM won the Public Speaking Competition of World University Debating Championship (WUDC). In 2007, IIUM won the WUDC title for English as a second language. In 2008 world ranking of World Debate website, IIUM had the 14th place among the top universities of the world. IIUM again shines in international debating competition when Ameera Natasha Moore, a third year Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws student was named as the best speaker in The Norton Rose Fulbright Cambridge University Women's Debate Open competition. She and her teammate, Sara Rahim outranked debaters from prominent universities such as Oxford University, Berlin University and Tel Aviv University among others.

    The IIUM Debating Team does the University and the nation proud again when the team is ranked at number 10 out of 440 teams in the 35th World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) hosted by University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) from 27 December 2014 until 4 January 2015. The team consisted of final year law-student Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and third-year economics student Mubarrat Wassey. The team once again does the university proud by becoming champion for the United Asian Debating Championship (UADC) held in Bali, Indonesia. Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, final year law student was named as the best overall speaker for the championship.

    IIUM debate team composed of Mubarrat Wassey, Ameera Natasha Moore and Sara Abdul Rahim became champions of Asia at UADC Thailand 2016, with Mubarrat Wassey becoming Asia's best debater.

    The same IIUM team became the first Asian University to win the Australasian Intervarsity Debate Championship in its 41-year history by winning its 2016 edition held in Perth, Australia.

    IIUM (composed of Ameera Natasha Moore and Mubarrat Wassey) also won the Asian British Parliamentary championship in Jakarta, 2016 with Mubarrat Wassey emerging as Asia's best speaker again. This meant that IIUM became the first university to win all the regional tournaments in a given year.

    In the field of research, students of IIUM have received recognition at regional and international level by winning Gold, silver and bronze medals at exhibitions and expos, including PENCIPTA, INPEX, ITEX, Geneva and KIPA. IIUM entered the inaugural Proton Green Mobility Challenge 2012 (PGMC)when the University's entry, an electric powered Proton Saga BLM named "Smart Mobility" became the overall champion and also took "Farthest Distance" and "Fastest Two Laps Challenge" award.

    IIUM also involved in the creation of the Malaysian Shariah Index with collaboration from JAKIM and YADIM which Malaysia will be the first country in the world to adopt it. The index will measure the compliance of eight fields — judiciary, politics, economics, health, education, culture, infrastructure and environment, and social — with “maqasid syariah”, or the intentions of Shariah. The Malaysian Shariah Index was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 10 February 2015.

    Notable alumni

  • Fong Po Kuan, former Member of Parliament in Malaysia for the constituency of Batu Gajah, Perak and a member of the Democratic Action Party, received a law degree from IIUM in 1997.
  • Dr. Mohamed Fadzli Hassan, Member of the Kelantan Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Temangan and a member of the parti Islam Semalaysia, graduated with a law degree.
  • Wong Kah Woh, Member of the Perak Legislative Assembly in Malaysia for the constituency of Canning under Ipoh Timur Parliamentary constituency and a member of the Democratic Action Party, received his law degree from IIUM in 2004.
  • Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul, member of the Kedah Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Tokai under Pendang parliamentary constituency and a member of the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) received his Law Degree from IIUM in 1988.
  • Meor Hashimi Abdul Hamid, Legal Adviser of Malacca from 2009 till present, graduated with a law degree in 1990.
  • Ahmad Kamal Md. Shahid, Legal Adviser of Perak, graduated with a law degree in 1988.
  • Anas Ahmad Zakie, Legal Adviser from 2009 till present, graduated with a law degree in 1990.
  • Amanullah Jaihun, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia, completed his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) studies in IIUM.
  • Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
  • Dato' Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, President of GPMS and UMNO Youth Exco member, member of Parliament of Malaysia for the constituency of Kepala Batas, Penang
  • Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Chief Minister of Perak.
  • Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, former First Deputy Chief Minister of Penang.
  • Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, human rights lawyer and activist.
  • Pritam Singh, Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC of Singapore for the Workers' Party, received a Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies in 2005.
  • Prof. Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, Minister of International Co-operation, Conakry, Republic of Guinea. He studied PhD in Law at IIUM, taught there and later became its Deputy Rector for International Affairs.
  • Dr. Mohammad A. M. Abushariah, (Recipient of Rector's Gold Award for Best Student Leader, 2004, IIUM), currently is the Deputy Dean of King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Information Systems, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
  • Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president of the Muslim Lawyers' Association Of Malaysia.
  • Mohd. Radzi bin Harun, Head of International Affairs Division, Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia.
  • Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, former Vice-President of the Republic of Maldives.
  • Senator Dato' Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, President of Islamic Information Foundation of Malaysia (YADIM), Deputy Minister in The Prime Minister's Department
  • Tan Sri Dato' Sri Khalid bin Abu Bakar, Inspector-General of Police, Royal Malaysian Police
  • Dato' Irmohizam Ibrahim, member of Parliament of Malaysia for the constituency of Kuala Selangor
  • Nur Affina Yanti Jamalludin (goes by the stage name of Fynn Jamal), English lecturer, poet and songwriter/singer
  • Tan Sri Ismail Omar, former Inspector General of Royal Malaysian Police
  • Nazim Rahman, CEO of Pelaburan MARA Berhad, former President of the IIUM Student Representative Council 98/99
  • Zaliza Zulkipli, District Officer of Kuantan
  • Mohd. Khair Ngadiron, Managing Director of Institut Terjemahan dan Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
  • Amin Idris, founder & master trainer Amin Idris Training Consultant, book author, and television personality.
  • Datin Norjuma Habib Mohamed, founder of Aidijuma (hijab brand) and former TV3 (Malaysia) personality
  • Assoc. Prof Dato' Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin or also known as Dr. Maza, Mufti of Perlis and associate professor at Faculty of Islamic Studies, USM.
  • Ardi Herman Mohd Mardzi, leading newscaster, News Editor & Producer, TV AlHijrah
  • It is also noted that then Prime Ministers of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, king of Saudi Arabia, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey were conferred honorary doctorates by IIUM.

    Notable current and former faculty members

  • Amina Wadud, American scholar of Islam and Qur'an Exegesis.
  • Prof. Ahmad Ibrahim, founding father of the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya and Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, IIUM, and former Attorney General of Singapore.
  • Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Afghan-born Islamic legal scholar, Founding Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia.
  • Prof. Dr. Louay M. Safi, Scholar of Islam and the Middle East, and political and human rights activist. Chairman of the Syrian American Council, and former Dean of Research at IIUM.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arshad Islam, Associate Professor at Department of History and Civilisation, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences.
  • Dr. Mashitah Ibrahim, former Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department.
  • Dusuki Ahmad, former political secretary of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and Chairman of Amanah Raya Berhad; and his son, Senator Dr. Asyraf Wajdi, President of Islamic Information Foundation of Malaysia (YADIM).
  • Harun M. Hashim, former judge who presided in the case where UMNO was declared illegal. His name is immortalised in an institute in IIUM, Harun M. Hashim Law Centre.
  • Md. Hashim Yahya, former Mufti of Wilayah Persekutuan.
  • Prof. Dr. Jamil bin Osman, Rector of INSANIAH.
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mackeen Abdul Majid, professor of Islamic thought.
  • Dr. Yusri Mohamad, former Assistant Professor of IIUM and current Deputy President of YADIM.
  • Dr. Muhammad Arif Zakaullah, professor of economics.
  • Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of Turkey, former lecturer of political science of IIUM.
  • Prof. Dr. Mesut Idriz, International University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Dr. Christoph Marcinkowski, independent scholar, relations between the Islamic world and the West, Berlin, Germany.
  • Prof. Dr. Ataul Huq Pramanik, Professor of Economics, IIUM. He is a distinguished economist with a special expertise in development, distribution, poverty and public policies both from conventional and Islamic perspectives.
  • Prof. Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, Minister of International Co-operation, Conakry, Republic of Guinea, West Africa
  • Mohammad Amjad Khan, Lecturer, Department of Physical Rehabilitation Sciences, IIUM
  • Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, founder and former Director of International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC)
  • Prof. Dr. Gailan Mahmood Ramiz (1933 - 2004), prominent political scientist in Iraq, former ambassador and former Professor of political science at IIUM, killed in Baghdad in 2004
  • Emeritus Prof. Dr. Abdul Hamid AbuSulayman, former Rector of IIUM from 1988 to 1998
  • Distinguished Prof. Tan Sri Kamal Hassan, former Rector of IIUM from 1999 to 2006, one of three recipients of the Distinguished Professor title in Malaysia
  • Muhammad Uthman El-Muhammady (1943 - 2013), prominent Malaysian Islamic scholar in the field of Islamic thoughts and da'awah, 1426H Maal Hijrah award recipient in 2005, Very Distinguished Academic Fellow in International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC)
  • Prof. Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Alhabshi, Chief Academic Officer, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance(INCIEF), former lecturer at IIUM, prominent academician on Islamic finance, banking and takaful
  • Prof. Dr. Razali Nawawi, the first dean of law at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, IIUM and the first President of ABIM (Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia).
  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin, 1994 National Young Scientist Award by the Malaysia Ministry of Science, Technology & Environment and MIMOS Best Innovator (2007) & Innovator Award (2011).
  • Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Zambri Zainuddin, one of the most prominent astronomers in Malaysia and pioneer of modern observatories in Malaysia.
  • Prof. Dato’ Dr. Alias bin Abdullah, Head Sub-cluster Built Environment (Majlis Professor Negara) & member for Panel of Experts Malaysian Citation Centre
  • Professor Dr. Abdullah al-Ahsan, notable contemporary Muslim historian
  • References

    International Islamic University Malaysia Wikipedia

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