International Islamic University Malaysia

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International Islamic University Malaysia
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
International Islamic University Malaysia logo.svg
Logo of the International Islamic University Malaysia
Motto Taman Ilmu dan Budi (Malay)
Motto in English The Garden of Knowledge and Virtue
Established 23 May 1983[1]
Type Public
Chancellor HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
President Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim
Rector Professor Dato' Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin
Undergraduates 28,065 (2007)[1]
Postgraduates 10,767 (2007)[1]
Location Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia
Affiliations ASAIHL,[2] ACU,[3] AUAP,[4] FUIW[5]
Website http://www.iium.edu.my/

The International Islamic University Malaysia (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا‎; Malay: Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia), also known as IIUM or UIAM, is one of the Public Institutions of Higher Education (PIHE) in Malaysia. Its main campus is located in Gombak, Selangor with its Centre for Foundation Studies situated in Petaling Jaya and its medical-centric branch in Kuantan, Pahang. 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 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The university was established in 23 May 1983, founded on Islamic principles.[1] Islamic values are inculcated into all disciplines. The university offers bachelor, master's degree and PhD courses at its 13 faculties, also known as kulliyyah.

Since 1987, there have been 60,785 graduates and postgraduates who have successfully completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia while 7,530 were International students.[6]

History[edit]

The idea of an international Islamic education institution was conceived in 1982 by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad during a meeting between OIC leaders to establish an international institution for tertiary education based on Islamic principles, known as the Islamization of knowledge. It was then shared with the then Minister of Education, Dato' Amar Dr. Sulaiman Daud; the Director-General of Education, Tan Sri Dato' Hj Murad bin Mohd. Nor and two other persons. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamal bin Hassan, then of the National University of Malaysia, 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 when the University received its 'Establishment Order' from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia and a number of Muslim Governments as well as the OIC. On 1 July 1983, Ahmad Shah was appointed as the first Constitutional Head of the IIUM.

The university's language of instruction was to be English and Arabic, and many of its students would 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.

It was officially opened at Petaling Jaya, with the Allahyarham Tun Hussein Onn elected as the first president. The university operates under the direction of a Board of Governors with representatives of the OIC as well as eight sponsoring governments, namely; Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this international 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 and the Center for Languages. These 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) degrees, 56 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees, and 29 Qadis were conferred Diploma in Law and Administration of Islamic Judiciary.

Organisation and governance[edit]

The Board of Governors chaired by President of IIUM (Chairman of Board of Governors) is the senior governing body at IIUM which has the overall responsibility for the businesses of the University (property, revenue and policies). International matters and issues are managed by the Majlis chaired by President of IIUM (Chairman of Majlis), while the academic governance of the University is vested in the Senate (Rector) chaired Rector of IIUM.

Governance[edit]

Constitutional Head of IIUM[edit]

President of IIUM[edit]

Rector of IIUM[edit]

  • 2011 - onwards : Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha bt Kamarudin
  • 2006 - 2011  : Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid
  • 1999 - 2006  : Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Mohd Kamal Hasssan
  • 1988 - 1998  : Dato’ Dr. Abdul Hamid A AbuSulayman
  • 1983 - 1988  : Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Muhammad M. Abdul Rauf

Campus[edit]

Main campus

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 a matriculation centre and is now known as Centre For Foundation Studies (CFS) for all foundation students, except for Foundation in Economics students in Gombak. Apart from these two campuses, IIUM has another two campuses—the Kuala Lumpur Campus at Persiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur[7] and Kuantan Campus, about 250 km to the east in the state of Pahang. On September 2010, IIUM reported to open new campus in Pagoh, Johor[8] and another in Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang.

IIUM has 13 faculties, called "Kulliyyah" from the Arabic word meaning the same. Two of the faculties are the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS). Other courses offered include Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Economics and Management Sciences. The engineering disciplines offered at IIUM are Communications Engineering, Computer & Information Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Biochemical-Biotechnology Engineering, and Materials Engineering.

The faculties (kulliyyah) of IIUM are:

There are 12 'excellence centres'. Among the notable centres include the IIUM Breast Centre, located in the Kuantan campus and devoted to the research and diagnosis of breast cancer, the number one killer of women in Malaysia.

The Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) is the university's biggest centre, used as a venue for the annual convocation ceremony. The centre 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.

Facilities[edit]

IIUM library

In 2008, IIUM has deployed a wireless network infrastructure throughout its Gombak and Kuantan campuses. This infrastructure provides wireless coverage across both campuses. It delivers connectivity to roaming users, supports standard Wi-Fi clients, and delivers high-speed data, and streaming video applications.[13]

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.

IIUM River and connecting bridge between Kulliyyah of Education and Kulliyyah of Human Sciences

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque[edit]

The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque lies in the centre of the main campus grounds, interconnected to the rest of the administrative and academic buildings. This is symbolic of the Muslim belief that religious and worldly education are indivisible and inseparable from each other.

Academics[edit]

Students[edit]

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, 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 successfully completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia while 7,530 were International students.[6]

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[edit]

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 students.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Bridge on the IIUM River

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).[14] In 2007, IIUM won the WUDC title for English as a second language.[15] In 2008 world ranking of World Debate website, IIUM had the 14th place among the top universities of the world.[16]

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.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Fong Po Kuan, 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.
  • Datuk Haji Mohamed Taulan bin 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.
  • YB Datuk Meor Hashimi bin Abdul Hamid, State Legal Advisor for the state of Malacca from 2009 till present, graduated with a law degree in 1990.
  • YB Dato' Ahmad Kamal bin Md. Shahid, the Perak State Legal Advisor, graduated with a Law degree in 1988.
  • YB Dato` Anas bin Ahmad Zakie, Kedah Legal Advisor from 2009 till present, graduated with a law degree in 1990.
  • Amanullah Jaihun, Afghanistan's ambassador to Australia, completed his PhD in IIUM.
  • Tan Sri Azman bin Mokhtar, Managing Director/CEO of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.[18]
  • Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican, President of GPMS and UMNO Youth Exco member.
  • Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Menteri Besar of Perak.
  • Prof. Dato' Sri Panglima Mohammad Fairus bin Khairuddin, former Deputy Chief Minister 1 of Pulau Pinang.
  • Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, human rights lawyer and activist.
  • Pritam Singh, Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC (Singapore) for the Workers' Party received a Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies in 2005.
  • Prof. Dato' Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, Minister of International Co-operation, Conakry, Republic of Guinea, West Africa. He studied PhD in Law at IIUM, taught there and later became its Deputy Rector for International Affairs.
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Mohammad A. M. Abushariah, (Recipient of Rector's Gold Award for Best Student Leader, 2004, IIUM), currently is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Information Systems, King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • Dato' 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.

It is also noted that then Prime Ministers of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, king of Saudi Arabia were conferred honorary doctorates by IIUM.

Faculty members (former and current)[edit]

  • Prof. Ahmad Ibrahim, founding father of the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya and Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, IIUM.
  • Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Afghan-born Islamic legal scholar, Founding Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arshad Islam, Associate Professor at Department of History and Civilization, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences.
  • Datuk Dr. Mashitah Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department.
  • Datuk Dusuki Ahmad, former political secretary of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and Chairman of Amanah Raya Berhad.
  • Tan Sri Harun M. Hashim, former judge who presided in the case where UMNO was declared illegal.
  • Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Bin Mohamad Ibrahim, former Attorney General of Singapore.
  • Datuk Md Hashim Yahya, former Mufti of Wilayah Persekutuan.
  • Prof. Dato' Dr. Jamil bin Osman, Rector of Insaniah
  • Prof. Khaliq Ahmad, Notable Professor subspecialising in Management from Islamic Perspective and Dean of economics and management sciences
  • Prof. Datuk Dr. Muhammad Mackeen Abdul Majid, professor of Islamic thought.
  • Yusri Mohamad, President of ABIM.
  • Dr. Amina Wadud, female Muslim scholar.
  • Dr. Muhammad Arif Zakaullah, professor of economics.
  • Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Turkey
  • Prof. Dr. B. Gültekin Çetiner Rector of International University of Sarajevo
  • 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.
  • Prof. Dato' Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, Minister of International Co-operation, Conakry, Republic of Guinea, West Africa
  • Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Datuk Dusuki, International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)
  • Mohammad Amjad Khan,Lecturer, Department of Physical Rehab. Sciences, IIUM, Kuantan Campus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Aiming to be premier Islamic university". thestar.com.my. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ "The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning". Seameo.org. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.acu.ac.uk/institutions/search?code=MY
  4. ^ "Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific - List of the Members Universities". Auap.sut.ac.th. 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "28th IIUM Convocation Ceremony". International Islamic University Malaysia. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Tapak ISTAC jadi kampus UIAM Kuala Lumpur". utusan.com.my. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  8. ^ "Kampus baru UIAM di Pagoh dijangka ambil pelajar 2012". bharian.com.my. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  9. ^ KLM will be moved to Pagoh Campus soon.
  10. ^ Kuantan Campus consists of two sub-campuses: Indera Mahkota Campus (IMC) and Jalan Hospital Campus (JHC). All respective Kulliyyat were located in IMC. However, Kulliyyah of Medicine has another building in JHC beside Tunku Ampuan Afzan Hospital.
  11. ^ CFS is placed in three campuses: Petaling Jaya Campus (the headquarters), Gombak Campus (Economics Department) and newly Kuantan Campus (Gambang) (Science Departments).
  12. ^ Kuala Lumpur Campus consists of two sub-campuses. ISTAC is situated at Jalan Duta, while IIiBF is situated at Damansara.
  13. ^ "Aruba Networks and Transition Malaysia Deliver Pervasive WiFi Network to the International Islamic University Malaysia". arubanetworks.com. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  14. ^ "World Debate Website". Flynn.debating.net. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  15. ^ "World Universities Debating Championship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  16. ^ [2][dead link]
  17. ^ "Indah Water Konsortium ~ IWK". Web6.bernama.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  18. ^ Khazanah National Berhad

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Coordinates: 3°15′10″N 101°44′15″E / 3.25278°N 101.73750°E / 3.25278; 101.73750