Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali

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Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali
لسلطان الشريف علي الجامعة الإسلامية
Established January 1, 2007
Type Government, Islamic University
Rector Dr. Haji Norarfan Bin Haji Zainal
Location Brunei Gadong, Brunei
Address Simpang 347, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Gadong BE1310
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Colours Green, White
Nickname UNISSA
Website http://www.unissa.edu.bn

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (Abbreviation: UNISSA) is Brunei's second university. It was established in 2007 as an Islamic university.

The idea of an a second university in Brunei was suggested by the Sultan in 2004 at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam's 16th convocation and in 2005 he made clear at the 17th convocation that the new university would be an Islamic university. The overall aim of the new university is to become a centre for the spread of Islam in the region.[1]

The University took its name from Sharif Ali who was the descendant of Prophet Muhammad and appointed as the third Sultan of Brunei. He was known as the first sultan to build a mosque in Brunei.[2] The first intake of students joined in August 2007 [3] when 152 students were accepted for the programmes. 125 were undergraduates, 26 Masters students and one was following a PhD. On its launch UNISSA absorbed staff and students from the Sultan Hj Omar Ali Saifuddien Islamic Education Institute (IPI SHOAS) which was until that point part of Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

In February 2009 the University proposed a move to a new campus in Gadong at the former Rashidah Sa'adatul Nursing College to allow more room for academic expansion, employment of staff and better facilities [4]


As at September 14, 2009 [5]
  • Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation
  • Faculty of Usuluddin
  • Faculty of Shariah and Law
  • Faculty of Business and Management Sciences
  • Centre for Promotion of Knowledge and Languages Learning
  • Maddhab Shafi'i Research Centre
  • Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research

Former Rectors[edit]

  • Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mohammad Bin Pengiran Haji Abd. Rahman
  • Dr. Hj Md Yusop Bin Hj Awg. Damit
  • Dr. Haji Serbini Bin Haji Matahir

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Coordinates: 40°40′21″N 114°54′41″E / 40.6725°N 114.9113°E / 40.6725; 114.9113