Here we try to answer some of the most asked questions about IIUM.
Question 1: What is IIUM?
The International Islamic University of Malaysia was established in 20th May 1983, founded on Islamic principles with the aim to become the premier Islamic university in the world, providing 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.
The idea to establish the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was first proposed on 12 January 1982 by Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003), at a meeting with the Minister of Education, Datuk Amar Dr. Sulaiman Daud, the Director-General of Education, Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Murad bin Mohd. Nor, and two other senior Malaysian Government and University officials.
The university was officially established when it received its 'Establishment Order’ from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’adzam Shah, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia (host country) and other Muslim Governments namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Question 2: Where is IIUM located?
The main Kuala Lumpur campus is located on a 288-hectare site in Gombak near Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. The Kulliyyah of Medicine is located on a 400-hectare site in Kuantan on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, while the Centre for Foundation Studies is located in Petaling Jaya. The fourth campus is the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization or ISTAC, and is located in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Question 3: How many students are enrolled in IIUM?
There are approximately 15,625 undergraduate and 3,200 postgraduate students, including international students from 125 countries in the world. With a total of more than 18,800 students, IIUM's student population reflects the geographical and cultural diversity of the Ummah. The students in IIUM are in general, highly motivated and academically talented, with most students mastering two or more languages. Some also pursue double degrees, such as in Human Sciences and Revealed Knowledge, Law and Shari’ah, etc.
Question 4: What are the programmes offered?
Please refer to the Admissions & Applications page for more information.
Question 5: What are the facilities and accommodations offered?
Kindly refer to the Life in IIUM page for more information.