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About IIUM

The International Islamic University Malaysia (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية ماليزيا‎), also known as IIUM, is a public publicly-funded university in Malaysia. Its main campus is located in Gombak, Selangor with its Centre for Foundation Studies situated in Petaling Jaya / Nilai and its medical-centric branch in Kuantan, Pahang. The University is sponsored by eight different governments from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It is completely distinct from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.


The University was established in 23 May 1983, founded on Islamic principles with the aim to become the premier Islamic university in the world. It was meant to be a comprehensive international high education institution, "inspired by the world-view of Tawhid and the Islamic philosophy of the unity of knowledge as well as its concept of holistic education". Islamic values are inculcated into all disciplines. At present, the University offers various bachelor, master's degree and Phd courses at its 13 faculties, also known as kuliyyahs.



Presently, the university has moved to a sprawling 700 acre (2.8 km²) campus at Gombak, Kuala Lumpur. The original campus in Petaling Jaya has been converted to a matriculation center and now known as Center For Foundation Studies (CFS) for Science and Laws students. IIUM also has newly opened a CFS new campus at Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan for Art students such as BEN, HS, IRK, BAR and ECONOMICS. Apart from these two campuses, IIUM has another two campuses - the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan, about 250 km to the east in the state of Pahang; ISTAC might more properly be referred to as a research institute rather than a campus. Nevertheless it comes within the administration of the University.

IIUM Campus

IIUM has 13 faculties, called 'kulliyyah' in the University from the Arabic word meaning the same. Two faculties unique to IIUM are the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL) and the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS). Other courses offered include various disciplines of Engineering, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Architecture, Information Technology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology ,Economics and Management Sciences.


The faculties (kulliyyah) of IIUM are

  1. Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
  2. Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
  3. Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
  4. Kulliyyah of Engineering
  5. Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
  6. Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
  7. Institute of Education
  8. Centre of Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)
  9. Kulliyyah of Medicine
  10. Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
  11. Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
  12. Kuliyyah of Nursing
  13. Kulliyyah of Science
  14. Kulliyyah of Dentistry


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


The Cultural Activity Center (CAC) is the University's biggest center, which is significant as a venue for the annual convocation ceremony. The center also can be converted as an examination venue. Several cultural performances, talks and seminars were held at the center; but the most notably was the 2003 Asia Pacific Indigenous Plays Festival which featured international cultural performances from Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, and the United States of America etc.



IIUM started with just 153 students in 1983, but today approximately 3,000 students enroll each year. As of 2009, there were approximately 25,000 students from over 103 countries studying in IIUM such as Germany, China, Japan, India, United States of America, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand etc.


IIUM Student

Having graduates all over the world, IIUM has officially established Alumni Chapters in Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Maldives, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Bangladesh and Singapore. Branches of Alumni Chapters have also been opened in Turkey, Nigeria, the Philippines, Yemen, Brunei, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Gambia and the United Arab Emirates.


The main functions of these Alumni Chapters are to promote the concept of humanity and development of the world community, improve relations among members throughout the world, and set up communication networks to develop IIUM and Malaysia in general.