Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia Wikipedia
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia Wikipedia, The International Islamic University Malaysia (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا; Malay: Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia), also known as IIUM or UIAM, is a public university in Malaysia. Its main campus is in Gombak, Selangor with its Centre for Foundation Studies in Petaling Jaya and Gambang, Pahang, and its medical-centric branch in Kuantan, Pahang. IIUM has two city campuses in Kuala Lumpur and will be opening a new campus in Bandar Universiti Pagoh. 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 Chittagong in 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, master’s degree and PhD courses at its 14 faculties (kulliyyah).
Since 1987, there have been 60,785 graduates and postgraduates who have completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia and 7,530 were international students.
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 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 officially established on 23 May 1983, by virtue of Section 5A (2) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, when the University received its Establishment Order from His Majesty the King, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, who was then appointed as its first Constitutional Head on 1 July 1983, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia and a number of Muslim Governments and the OIC
The university’s language of instruction was to be English and Arabic, and many of its students were to 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.
The university operates under the supervision of the Board of Governors, which is composed of representatives of the OIC as well as the eight sponsoring governments, namely; Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this 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 (CFK) and the Center for Languages (CFL). The members of this 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/BECS) degrees, 56 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees, and 29 Qadhis were conferred Diploma in Law and Administration of Islamic Judiciary.
As a public university, IIUM is ruled ceremonially by the Constitutional Head who presides over convocations and serves as the point of reference for all constitutional issues. Equivalent to the Chancellor in other public universities, he is appointed by the King on the recommendation of the Federal Government for a term of 7-years. Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang is the current and founding Constitutional Head, a position that he has held for 5 terms.
The Board of Governors shall be the governing, policy-making and monitoring body of the University. While Senate is the highest academic authority responsible for the management of the academic and student affairs of the University. The Board of Governors presides]. He is assisted by the Rector who chairs the Senate and the Management Committee. Both the President (as the Chairman) and the Rector (as the Chief Executive Officer) are appointed by the Constitutional Head for a term of 5-years and 3-years respectively.
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 Matriculation Centre and currently known as Centre For Foundation Studies (CFS). All foundation students are placed at the Petaling Jaya Campus, except for Foundation in Economics students at Gombak Campus and Foundation in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry at Gambang Campus, Pahang. Apart from these two campuses, IIUM has another three campuses — the Kuala Lumpur Campus at Persiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur Campus at Jalan Damansara, and Kuantan Campus about 250 km to the east in the state of Pahang. In September 2010, IIUM reported to open new campus in Pagoh, Johor for Kulliyyah of Languages & Management and another one in Gambang, Pahang as a new Centre For Foundation Studies replacing Petaling Jaya Campus.