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
الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية اسلام آباد
بين الاقوامی اسلامی يونيورسٹی اسلام آباد
Motto "وفوق كل ذي علم عليم"
Established 1980 (1980)
Type Public university
Chancellor President of Pakistan
President Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh

Mohammad Bashir Khan, Vice President (Academics)

and Tahir Mansoori, Vice President (Higher Studies & Research)
Provost Muhammad Amin Makki
Vice-Chancellor Suliman al-Khail
Rector Masoom Yasinzai
Students 30,000
Undergraduates 18,500
Postgraduates 10,500
Location Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
Campus Urban area
Colours Celadon, Green, White            
Nickname IIUI
Affiliations HEC, PEC.

The International Islamic University ((IIU) Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية إسلام آباد, Urdu: بين الاقوامی اسلامی يونيورسٹی;) is a public university and tertiary education research institution in Islamabad, Pakistan.[1] It is a centre of Islam, theology, and the Islamic sciences.[2] The university was founded in 1980 and restructured in 1985.[3] In 2012, the university was one of the largest in Pakistan.[4][5] In February 2014, the university awarded King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia an honorary doctorate in politics and international relations.[6]


Entrance and courtyard
The university is located around the Faisal Mosque
New student accommodation

The university has two campuses. The old campus lies about the Faisal Mosque. The mosque was designed by Vedat Dalokay, a Turkish architect.[7] It was donated to the university by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.[7]The mosque is one of the largest in the world and is able to accommodate tens of thousands of people in its prayer hall, women's gallery and courtyard.[7][8][9]

The new campus occupies Islamabad's Sector H-10.[10] The first phase of construction of the new campus was completed in 2013. Since then a campus area for women has been established. In 2006, the construction of the Central Library and the Lincoln Corner was completed. The university infrastructure includes six academic buildings (three for women and three for men). The university's student accommodation includes four hostels for women and seven for men.


The university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies programmes in science, engineering, humanities, arts, religious studies, social and natural sciences.


The university consists of a number of faculties. The Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (founded in 2003) teaches computer science and software engineering, physics and nanotechnology, mathematics and statistics, environmental sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics. The Faculty of Engineering and Technology (founded in 2007) teaches electronic engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering.The Iqra College of Technologies offers Bachelor of Technology courses in mechanical and electrical engineering.

There is also a faculty of Arabic language and Islamic civilisation, a faculty of languages and literature and a faculty of management sciences (founded in 1995). In 1996, the Department of Business Administration offered tuition in a master of business administration program. The Department of Technology Management was founded in 1998. It is the largest faculty of the University with around 3,700 registered students. A Faculty of Shariah and Law was first established in Quaid-i-Azam University in 1979 and then, in 1980, was incorporated into the International Islamic University, Islamabad. Student enrolling in doctorate programs complete one year of compulsory course work before commencing a thesis. More than 900 students have graduated from this faculty.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers tuition in education, politics and international relations, psychology, history and Pakistan studies, Islamic art and architecture, media and communications and sociology. The university's International Institute of Islamic Economics was founded in 1983. It offers tuition in Islamic banking and finance, econometric s and rural development. Within the faculty, the Division of Research and Training promotes research and offers training for staff of public and private financial and academic institutions.

A Faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin) was founded in 1981. It offers tuition in the Tafseer and Quranic sciences, Hadith, comparative religion, Da'wah and Islamic culture, Aqeedah and philosophy and Seerah and Islamic history. The Da'wah Academy was founded in March 1985. The Shari'ah Institute of Training was founded in 1981 and became an academy in 1985.

The institutes associated with the university include the Islamic Research Institute, the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, the International Institute of Islamic Economics and the Institute of Professional Studies. The English Language Centre teaches English language preparatory courses for students seeking to enrol in foreign and national universities (for example, HEC scholarships) or seeking employment. It also offers an English proficiency program.


The central library is situated in the new campus. Within the central library is the Lincoln Corner. It contains material on American History. There is also the Muhammad Hamidullah and the International Institute of Islamic Economics library. It contains rare books on Islamic law relating to economics and Islamic governance. The Islamic Research Institute library is a source of knowledge about Islamism. The science and technology library contains 25,000 books. Fifteen periodicals are subscribed, and ten newspapers are purchased. The library can seat fifty users. There are 550 research reports and theses. The Da'wah Academy library houses more than 22,000 books. The Shariah Academy Library has a collection of 8,976 books and journals on the subjects of Qur'anic studies, Hadith studies, Sirah, Islamic law and Anglo-Saxon law. There are also a number of departmental libraries such as the Research Journals library, the Library of Islamic Studies, the Al-Dirassat Al-Islamyya, the Fikro Nazar, the Insights library, and the Mayar library. The university publishes the Journal of Business and Management Sciences (JBMS).

Foreign collaboration[edit]

The university has academic ties with,


  • 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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  6. ^ [ "Pakistan's International Islamic University Awards Honorary Doctorate to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques."] Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia. 2 March 2014. Accessed 12 November 2015.
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