International Islamic University, Islamabad

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Coordinates: 33°39′24.23″N 73°1′29.14″E / 33.6567306°N 73.0247611°E / 33.6567306; 73.0247611

International Islamic University, Islamabad
بين الاقوامی اسلامی يونيورسٹی اسلام آباد
Established 1980 (1980)
Type Public
Chancellor President of Pakistan
President Dr. Ahmad Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan Vice President (Academics) Prof. Dr. Tahir Mansoori

Vice President (Higher Studies & Research)
Provost Dr. Hafiz Abid Masood
Vice-Chancellor Suliman al-Khail
Rector Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai
Students 30,000
Undergraduates 18,500
Postgraduates 10,500
Location Islamabad, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Colours Celadon, Green, White            
Nickname IIUI
Affiliations HEC, PEC.

The International Islamic University (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية إسلام آباد, Urdu: بين الاقوامی اسلامی يونيورسٹی; popularize as IIU), is a public research university located in the urban area of Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] It is regarded as one of the noted institution of Islam, theology, divinity, and the science.[2]

Founded and established in 1980, the university was restructured, reorganized, and reconstituted in its current and modern form in 1985.[2] It is one of premium institute of higher learning, and regarded as one of the largest university in the country.[3] With approximated ~30,000 students currently enrolled in IIU, the university is ranked among the top public universities in "general category" by the HEC, as of 2012.[4] The university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies programmes in science, engineering, humanities, arts, religious studies, social and natural sciences.

In addition, the university has nine research faculties and six autonomous academies, institutes and centers.[2] The university is also noted for its engaging efforts to produce educational quality assurance for the purpose of improving academic standards in the country.[5] It is completely distinct from the International Islamic University in Malaysia.

The university is located around the Faisal Mosque


New campus hostels
Entrance and courtyard

There are two campuses of university.

Old campus[edit]

The university's old campus is located around the Faisal Mosque. It was designed by a Turkish architect and was donated to the university by late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The mosque is spread over an area of 190,000 square meters and can accommodate about 250,000 people[citation needed]. It comprises one of the biggest prayer halls of South Asia, with a capacity of over 10,000 worshippers.[6]

New campus[edit]

The new campus is located in Sector H-10 of Islamabad, a sector given solely to the university.[7] Construction of the first phase was completed in February 2003. A female campus has been established. Central library construction was completed in 2006, along with the Lincoln corner.

The Government of Pakistan allotted Islamabad, Sector H-10, comprising 704 acres (2.85 km2) of land, to enable the university to shift to its own new premises and to promote education.

The university comprises three male and three female Academic Blocks and eleven hostel blocks (seven for males and four for females).

As envisaged in the Master Plan of the new campus, the university will be completed in phases; Stage-I of Phase-I has reached culmination while stage-II is nearing completion. When constructed in its entirety, the university will accommodate 30,000 students (20,000 male and 10,000 female) in 22–25 faculties. In addition, there will be 57 hostel blocks for male students and 28 for female and partial accommodation for teaching/research and administrative staff.

There is to be a central mosque and a central library. Provision has been made for a commercial center and shops for the resident staff and the students.



The university consists of the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences was formally established in the first quarter of 2003. The design and planning had been in process for many years. The Faculty of Applied Sciences has the objective to serve the purpose of human resource development, as well as, promote activities of research and development in disciplines of computer science, information technology, telecommunication, computer engineering, applied mathematics and other important areas of emerging sciences. For this purpose post graduate level programs like MS and Ph.Dhave been launched besides the graduate level degrees like BS and MCS / M.Sc. With this it has started some innovative study programs to produce professionalswith technical expertise of Information Technology and a sound knowledge of other important areas of life like biotechnology, engineering, and management etc. The Faculty of Applied Sciences is concentrating on the specialized training of manpower in areas of computer science, computer engineering, telecommunication, and other emerging technologies of applied sciences. In order to properly entertain each discipline, the faulty is divided into several departments each producing professional expertise in a specialized domain.

    • Department of Computer Sciences & Software Engineering (NCEAC accredited)
    • Department of Physics (Nanotechnology)
    • Department of Mathematics & Statistics
    • Department of Environmental Sciences
    • Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
  • Faculty of Engineering and Technology

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) was established in year 2007 with Department of Electronic Engineering as its first constituent department. The Department of Electronic Engineering already existed in the university under the Faculty of Applied Sciences. The foundation stone of an independent building block, namely Engineering Block was laid in April 2007 which is inaugurated in July, 2009. The present Electronic Engineering Department is one of the largest departments within the University with a thriving undergraduate and postgraduate student population of over 1000. This includes over 150 female students currently enrolled in the faculty. The syllabus is continually under development and review, in line with the requirements of various professional bodies (such as Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council) that accredit our programs, and the latest technological needs of industry. Mechanical Engineering Department is established to gauge our students with cutting edge technologies and systems. The Department of Engineering Management is our recent endeavour to train technical managers for future requirements.

    • Department of Electronic Engineering (PEC accredited)
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering (PEC recognized)
    • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization

The great importance attached to the Faculty, becomes clear from the above mentioned. This importance emerges from the increasing interest showed by Pakistan in Arabic, the distinctive status of IIUI amongst the Pakistani Universities for it makes Arabic fundamental ingredients in its academic programmes. This importance is augmented by the satisfactory programmes of the faculty, the courses that it offers and the academic & research load placed on it, as these courses resemble the programmes offered by the faculties and departments of Arabic Language in the renowned Universities of the Arab world such as Al-Azhar and Cairo Universities

  • Faculty of Languages & Literature

  • Faculty of Management Sciences

The Faculty of Management Sciences was established in 1995. The Department of Business Administration the first to be established launched its MBA program in January 1996. The Department of Technology Management was set up in 1998. The Faculty is now the largest faculty of the University with around 3700 registered students.

    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Technology Management
  • Faculty of Shariah and Law

The Faculty of Shariah and Law was established in Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad in 1979 but was subsequently incorporated into Islamic University Islamabad in 1980. A Student registering for PhD program is required to complete one-year course work before starting his thesis.

So far more than 900 students have graduated from the faculty most of them are working in the judicial and litigation departments through out Pakistan and abroad. The faculty has prominent place in the academic world as distinguished scholars from universities such as Al-Azhar and Cairo come here to teach. Moreover many graduates and teachers have got scholarships for studying in the best universities of the world.It is hoped that this site will serve as a guide to all those who wish to pursue studies in the peaceful and harmonious atmosphere of the beautiful city of Islamabad the capital of Pakistan.

    • Department of Law
    • Department of Shariah
  • Faculty of Social Science

The Faculty of Social Sciences provides a challenging and supportive learning environment for students, including leading-edge collaborations with local, national, and international communities. The Faculty supports and encourages innovative faculty research and scholarship reflecting the wide breadth of interests and expertise in the social sciences. The Faculty is committed to enhancing the quality of life through its varied educational and research activities.

    • Department of Education
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of History & Pakistan Studies
    • Department of Islamic Arts and Architecture
    • Department of Media & Communications
    • Department of Sociology
  • Faculty of International Institute of Islamic Economics

International Institute of Islamic Economics is a pioneering institution in the Muslim World dedicated for the cause of Islamic Economics. It was established in August 1983 with the primary objective to endeavour for an Islamic Economic Paradigm and to prepare scholars equipped with appropriately blended knowledge of Shariah injunctions and the mainstream economics. The ultimate objective is Islamization of the economic and financial system of the Muslim societies. The School of Economics is organizing the academic programs of the institute. The faculty is expanding vertically and horizontally. It has been offering the academic programs at Bachelor (B.Sc- Honours), Master (M.Sc) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) levels in Economics from the very date of its establishment. Later on, new programs have been added from time to time, like the Post-Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking & Finance, B.Sc (Hon), M.Sc. and M.Phil in Economics & Finance and Islamic Banking & Finance, M.Phil leading to Ph.D. in Econometrics and Master program in Rural Development. The Institute carries out its academic programs for female students through the Department of Economics in the Women Campus of the University. There is a well established Research and Training Division, which is responsible for promoting research in the mainstream and Islamic Economics as well as for providing training facilities to the staff employed in Academic and Financial institutions, both public and private.

  • Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin)

The faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) was established in 1981 .The Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) is one of the pioneer teaching units of IIUI and as such has a leading role in achieving the objectives for which this international seat of Islamic learning was established. The faculty of the rapidly growing international Islamic University and it truly epitomizes both its attributes i.e. international and Islamic. The faculty members come from different Arab & non Arab Countries with Highest degrees from leading Islamic universities in the Muslim world. The Language of instruction is both English & Arabic with a view that all course related to Islam must be studied from their original sources and original language so that the students gets first hand knowledge of his/her area of study .

    • Tafseer & Quranic Sciences
    • Department of Hadith & its Sciences
    • Department of Comparative Religions
    • Department of Dawah & Islamic Culture
    • Department of Aqeedah & Philosophy
    • Department of Seerah & Islamic History


  • Islamic Research Institute
  • Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue
  • International Institute of Islamic Economics
  • Institute of Professional Studies


  • Dawah Academy

[8] Da‘wah Academy was established in March, 1985, in order to launch educational, training and research programmes for Da’wah purposes addressing the needs of Muslim communities within and outside Pakistan. Inviting people to accept the supremacy of the Almighty Creator and to follow the right path of submission to none but the Creator in all affairs is an obligation upon all believers. Individuals, society as well as the Islamic state are under obligation to put the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the last Prophet (peace be on him) into practice and convey the message of Islam to the humanity: “Those who, if we establish them (in position of authority) in the land, establish the system of Salah and payment of Zakah, enjoin the good and forbid the undesirable and with Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs” (Qur’an 22: 41). The Academy has been actively engaged in devising and organising orientation and training programmes to achieve the said objective. Da’wah as a discipline and a specialisation necessitates intensive study of Islam as well as the various world religions and ideologies. The study of various disciplines such as mass-communication, history, languages, sociology and psychology also becomes necessary to properly fulfill the responsibility of dissemination of the message of Islam. It further requires the practical training of the people engaged in Da‘wah Activities. The basic aim of the extensive educational and training programmes of the Da‘wah Academy is to develop professionalism, promote Islamic commitment and instruct the trainees on how to communicate Islamic teaching in the best possible way.

  • Shari'ah Academy

The Shariah Academy was initially founded as an Institute of Training in Shari’ah and Legal Profession in 1981 to fulfill the task of training of those associated with legal profession in various capacities. However, the Institute was elevated to the status of an Academy to become a constituent unit of the International Islamic University in 1985. Since its inception the Academy was given the mandate to promote the Islamic legal philosophy, orientation in Islamic law and the Islamic concept of justice through the training of judges, attorneys, prosecutors, lawyers and other legal professionals who play key role in the judicial system of the country. The programs of the Academy aim at preparing the judicial personnel to realise the aspirations of the people and constitutional imperatives calling for the Islamisation of laws. To achieve its objectives the Academy has organised its activities under three sections, Training Section, Research and Publication Section and Correspondence Courses in Islamic Law section. The Academy through these activities is trying to put forth its humble efforts to meet the needs of the day regarding interpretation, presentation and re-organization of various disciplines of Shari’ah knowledge and modern understanding of Islamic law and jurisprudence.


  • Iqra College of Technologies (ICT)

Iqra College of Technology (ICT), being a constituent unit of International Islamic University Islamabad is committed to provide the best technical education, with qualified and experienced faculty. The courses spanning from B.Tech (Honors) programs in Mechanical & Electrical to DAE programs, ICT feels pride to have standards which aim to attain excellence in technical education to strengthen Pakistan & Islamic world.

Our culture with Islamic norms enhances confidence, team work, commitment and motivation in our students. This helps them to excel both in Academic and Technical fields. We also provide them the opportunities of Co-curricular activities and continuous interaction with industry.


  • International Islamic University Schools

The creation of IIUI Schools remains in line with the mission of the International Islamic University Islamabad ‘to encourage and promote education, training and research in different areas of learning such as social, natural, applied and communication sciences with special emphasis on Islamic learning.’ International Islamic University Schools (IIUI) are international standard educational institutions committed to excellence and highest achievement of students in terms of their skills, knowledge and attitudes to prepare them for success in the 21st Century. [9]


  • English Language Centre

Realizing the growing and inevitable importance of English as a global language of communication, business, commerce and politics, International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad established the English Language Centre (ELC) March 2008. One of the main objectives attached to initiating this centre is to develop and produce task oriented graduates, who should be proficient in English to comply with the challenges both within the university and out in the market too. The English Language Centre at IIUI offers two tracks of English language programmes: track one includes special English preparatory courses such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, GAT etc designed for those seeking to qualify for foreign and indigenous universities admission or for availing job opportunities abroad and to qualify for HEC’s scholarships; track two focuses on the English proficiency programmes specially designed for working professionals, students with low English proficiency level, researchers and anyone seeking to improve his/her English language skills.


Central Library[edit]

The Central Library one of the biggest libraries in Asia of Islamic learning and research materials. The Library is situated in new campus of the university, which is in Sector H-10, Islamabad. The library contains a collection of books, journals, research projects and international magazines.

Lincoln Corner[edit]

Lincoln Corner is situated in the library. It contains material on American History. The Lincoln Corner has multimedia projectors, DVD players, and broadband internet.

Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah Library[edit]

IIIE library[edit]

The International Institute of Islamic Economics provides facilities for research on Islamic economics. It contains rare books on Islamic law relating to economics and the Islamic way of running government.

IRI library[edit]

Islamic Research Institute library is the source of knowledge regarding Islamic research.

FMS/FET library[edit]

For science and technology the library contains 25,000 books. 15 periodicals are subscribed, and ten newspapers are purchased. The library can seat 50 users. The library has 550 research reports/theses.

Dawah Academy library[edit]

Dawah library supports the research, training and publication programmes of Dawah Academy. More than 22,000 books are available.

Shariah Academy Library[edit]

Shariah Academy Library was established with the ambition to develop a comprehensive collection on Islamic Law to meet the information needs of research scholars. The library comprises a rich collection of 8976 books and journals on the subjects of Qur'anic Studies, Hadith Studies, Sirah, Islamic law and the Anglo-Saxon law.

Departmental libraries[edit]

Each department of the university has its own small library.

  • Research Journals
  • Islamic Studies
  • Al-Dirassat Al-Islamyya
  • Fikro Nazar
  • Insights
  • Mayar
  • Journal of Business and Management Sciences (JBMS)

Foreign collaboration[edit]

The Islamic University has academic collaboration with the following universities:

A number of teachers who specialize in Shariah, Usul al Din wa Da’wah, Arabic Language and other subjects are provided on loan by these universities.

Honorary degree holders[edit]


  • Academic Staff Welfare Association
  • Officer Welfare Association
  • University Staff Welfare Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan (NAYS IIUI Chapter)


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