Mengenai Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
About the International Islamic University Malaysia,
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 shared with the then Minister of Education, Dr. Sulaiman Daud; the then Director-General of Education, Murad Mohamed Nor; and two others. 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 once a private university. As the University’s language of instruction was not to be Malay but instead English and Arabic, which was initially prohibited by Malaysian law, IIUM was initially incorporated under the currently-repealed Companies Act 1965. However, IIUM was officially made a public university on 23 May 1983, in accordance with Section 5A (2) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, when the University received its Establishment Order from the then King, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of Co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia, seven other governments and OIC. 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 Centre for Fundamental Knowledge and the Centre for Languages. The members of this first batch received their degrees and diplomas during the First Convocation held on 10 October 1987. 68 graduates were conferred the degree of Bachelor of Economics, 56 other graduated received the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and 29 Qadhis were conferred Diploma in Law and Administration of Islamic Judiciary.
The International Islamic University Malaysia (Malay: Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia; Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا), also known as IIUM or UIAM, is a public university in Malaysia. Headquartered in Gombak, Selangor, IIUM has six other campuses all over Malaysia: two medical-centric campuses and a Centre for Foundation Studies in Kuantan, Pahang, two city campuses in Kuala Lumpur, and a language-centric campus in Pagoh, Johor. The university is sponsored by eight governments and the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It is distinct from the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and International Islamic University 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’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees courses at its 14 faculties. Since 1987, IIUM has produced more than 70,000 graduates and undergraduates from more than 100 countries around the world. Most of them were from Malaysia.
As a public university, IIUM has a ceremonial head called the Constitutional Head. He presides over convocations and serves as the point of reference for all constitutional issues. Equivalent to the Chancellorin other public universities, he is appointed by the King on the recommendation of the Federal Government for a term of seven years. Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang is the Constitutional Head since 1 July 1983. As a federal statutory body, IIUM operates under the supervision of a Board of Governors, a body that directs and supervises all affairs of the University. The Board is chaired by a President who is appointed by the Constitutional Head on the advice of the Federal Government for a five-year term. By tradition, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education is Deputy Chairman of the Board. Other than the President and a Deputy Chairman, the Board comprises of 15 members, including Secretary-General of OIC and diplomatic heads of member states, i.e. Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, the Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Board of Governors is assisted by a Senate, that provides for academic and student affairs of the University, and a Management Committee that oversees day-to-day operation of the University. Both the Senate and the Management Committee is chaired by a Rector appointed by the Constitutional Head on the advice of the Federal Government for a three-year term.
IIUM is headquartered at a 700-acre (2.8 km²) campus at Gombak, Selangor and has six other campuses. Three of campuses are in Kuantan, Pahang, with the Centre for Foundation Studies situated at Gambang, medical-centric campus situated at Bandar Indera Mahkota and clinical campus situated near Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital. Two city campuses are located at Persiaran Duta and Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, and another campus is located at Bandar Universiti Pagoh, Johor.
IIUM has online services, such as i-Ma’luum, in which IIUM students can check and organise their personal schedules and information in a centralized online database. IIUM has an e-learning and online community portal (called i-Ta’leem), where students can organise and coordinate their schedules, announcements and activities.
IIUM has five libraries. The main library is situated at Gombak Campus, and satellite libraries are located at Kuantan Campus, Centre for Foundation Studies at Gambang, Kulliyyah of Languages and Management at Pagoh, and Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas Library at Kuala Lumpur.
IIUM Cultural Centre is the university’s biggest centre, used as a venue for the annual convocation ceremony. ICC can be converted to an examination venue. Cultural performances, talks and seminars have been held at the centre.
Azman Hashim Complex
The Azman Hashim Complex is a RM 7-million multipurpose hall and commercial centre that serves the needs of IIUM students. It is also a revenue source for the IIUM Endowment Fund.
IIUM has four sport complexes. Two sports complexes are built separately for male and female students at Gombak Campus. Two other sports complexes are situated at Kuantan Campus and Centre for Foundation Studies at Gambang.
The students’ residential colleges in IIUM are known as “Mahallah” (“Mahallat”, in plural), which is ‘neighbourhood’ in Arabic. IIUM residential colleges 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 full accommodation for its full-time undergraduate students. For postgraduate students, accommodation is provided based on availability of rooms. Priority is given to non-Malaysian students, especially students from the newest intake.
Since 2016, IIUM has a teaching hospital called “IIUM Medical Centre” at Kuantan. Other than the teaching hospital, IIUM has a number of clinics and a specialist medical centre which are also at Kuantan, a Health and Wellness Centre at Gombak and a satellite clinic at Centre for Foundation Studies at Gambang.
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque is located 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 second and third levels. The mosque organises lectures, seminars and classes on concepts such as marriage and Janazah management, Tilawah and Tahfiz Al-Qur’an, as well as activities such as Qiyamullail and Tarbiyyah and training for students.
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Mosque was also built in Kuantan Campus.