International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
- Key Personnel
(IIUM) was established in 1983 under the Government of Malaysia's Company Act that has hence allowed the University to use English as the medium of instruction in all of its faculties. Supported by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and several Muslim countries, IIUM is the fruition of one of the major aspirations of the contemporary global Muslim community, which is to regain the ummah's leadership in the quest for knowledge. Currently IIUM consists of four campuses : The Gombak campus is located on a 288-hectare site in Gombak near Kuala Lumpur. The Kuantan Campus, which houses the Science, Medical & Health Kulliyyahs, is located on a 400 - hectare site in Kuantan on the East Cost of Peninsular Malaysia. The Kuala Lumpur campus is made up of two locations: with the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) located at Persiaran Duta, Taman Duta, Kuala Lumpur and the IIUM Institute for Islamic Banking and Finance located at Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
The model of integrated education is what shapes the uniqueness of IIUM. In addition, the University is the only public university in Malaysia that uses English as the medium of instruction in all its faculties.
IIUM spares no effort in ensuring that all their branches provide the best tertiary education possible. It scours the entire world in its recruitment exercises, employing only the most accomplished scholars for its academic departments and the most committed professionals to run its administration.
IIUM operates under the direction of a Board of Governors with representatives from the eight sponsoring governments and the OIC. It, maintains links with governments and institutions all over the world like the Association of Commonwealth Universities, League of Islamic Universities, Federation of Universities on the Muslim world, and International Association of Universities.
Fields of Study at IIUM
- Allied Health Sciences
- Architecture & Environmental Design
- Centre for Languages and Pre University Academic Development
- Economics & Management Sciences
- Islamic Banking & Finance
- Information & Communication Technology
- Islamic Thought & Civilization
- Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences
Academic Facilities & Resources
IIUM houses all the facilities that a modern community is worthy of. It considers every need of students in academic and non-academic terms, by providing facilities and amenities for students' comfort and well-being so as to enable them to gain the most from their education. Every faculty is therefore well-equipped with the appropriate facilities to accommodate and assist students in courses that they undertake.
Academic Facilities include:
- Lecture / tutorial rooms
- Lecture theatres
- Language, computer, science and engineering laboratories
- A fully-equipped library Non-academic Facilities within the campus include :
- A mosque
- In-campus hostels
- A 24-hour medical clinic
- 2 swimming pools
- A sport complex
- A multi-purpose hall
- A student society room
- Food stalls and canteens
- Convenience shops
- Photo studios
- A post office
- Photocopy centres
- Banks, and
- A well-staffed children's Educare Centre (child minding centre)
Student Support Services & Student Development Activities
The Student Affairs Division and the Student Development and Co-curricular Activity Division have an important role of assisting students in their personal and professional development, in accordance with the university's philosophy and objectives. The division provides counseling and guidance to students in their extra co-curricular activities, organises formal and informal trainings, coordinates students' recreational activities, and ensures that the university's facilities meet students' needs. Some highlights of its services offered are as follows :
- Orientation programme
- Co-curricular activities
- Counseling and career guidance - This service is provided by a large internationally-staffed body of advisors and peer counselors who help students in resolving problems related to adjusting to their university life
- Student leadership development activities
- Transportation services
- Sponsorship, Scholarships & Financial Services
Apart from the academic needs of students, IIUM also pays serious attention to their well-being as a community of the university. Apart from all of the aforementioned services, the university has also divisions to cater to students' self development, such as counseling and career guidance unit, co-curricular activities, trainings, cultural events and sports activities. In regard to this, IIUM has established an International Students Division that acts as a focal point for the international student community on-campus, catering to all matters related to them. It is a one-stop centre that offers services in ways that will help make their stay and study in the International Islamic University Malaysia university meaningful and pleasant. We are hence committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality.
The Office's objectives are concentrated towards four main areas, namely, the Student Services, Student Activities, International Promotion and Immigration. As the campus office is devoted to international students, these units strive to create a conducive environment that allows for successful educational and personal experiences.
Enquiries about grants and sponsorship should be made directly to the sponsoring agencies. The University is unable to provide financial support for students except for a small number of highly deserving cases.
Recognition & Achievements
IIUM students participate regularly in international competitions and have done the university proud by winning several honours over the years. Among the other more recent achievements of IIUM are :
- the Alona Evens Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Washington
- Runner up in Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Washington D.C. - 2005)
- Best oralist in Philip C. Jessup International Law
- Champion (ESL Category) in the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championship (New Zealand – 2006)
- Champion (ESL Category) in the 27th World Debating Championship (Canada – 2007)
- Overall Best Speaker (ESL Category) in the 27th World Debating Championship (Canada – 2007)
- Besides excelling academically, IIUM students also shine in sports, where they won several medals at the recent Asean University Games.
- The Malaysian Business Week magazine has once ranked IIUM as the Number One University in Malaysia for the professionalism and ethical conduct of its graduates after conducting a survey on their job performance
- Champion (Nusantara category), Pidato Bahasa Melayu Antarabangsa (2 – 5 March 2010)
- Top Ten Best Speaker, United Asian Intervarsity Debating Championship (12 – 19 May 2010)
- Champion, ASEAN Arabic Debating Championship (30 July – 3 August 2010)
- 1st Runner-up, ASEAN Arabic Debating Championship (30 July – 3 August 2010)
- Champion, IIUM Debate Open (13 – 15 August 2010)
- Overall Best Speaker, IIUM Debate Open (13 – 15 August 2010)
- Best Speaker Final, IIUM Debate Open (13 – 15 August 2010)
- 1st Runner-up, OIC Intervarsity Debating Championship (14 – 19 December 2010)
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Bachelor's Degree Level
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
IIUM, P.O.Box 10
50728 Kuala Lumpur
Type: Public UniversityTel: 603-6196 5883
Fax: 603-6196 4053
Y. Bhg. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin
Rector , International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Prof. Dato' Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin is a professor at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She was appointed as the fifth Rector of IIUM on 2 August 2011 where she took over from Prof. Dato' Dr. Syed Arabi Idid whose tenure as rector ended on 1 June 2011.
Prof. Dato' Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin was born in Raub, Pahang and educated at University of Malaya, graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree (with Honours) in 1985. Subsequently, she chambered and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1986. She was the first batch of students for Master in Comparative Laws at the International Islamic University and later graduated in 1988. Subsequently, she continued her studies at the same university and graduated in 1989 with an Advanced Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice. In 1990, she proceeded to do her doctorate in Comparative Laws specialising in Comparative Family Laws (Civil and Shariah) at University of London and graduated in 1994. In 2000, she was promoted to Associate Professor and was made a full Professor at the AIKOL in 2006.
She has served the university for more than 25 years in various capacities. First, as Principal (Mudirah) of Sayyidatina Khadijah Residential College, and later as Deputy Dean of Student Affairs in 1994. In 2000, she was appointed as Deputy Dean of the Research Management Centre, and in 2003, became Dean of Centre for Postgraduate Studies. During her tenure, she participated actively and initiated academic links with top universities in the Middle-East and the West to ensure quality in postgraduate education. In 2005, she took sabbatical leave to head a major consultancy project on "Assessing Delays in Disposition of Matrimonial Cases in the Malaysian Shariah Courts" which provided a strong basis for the setting up of Family Support Authority (FSA). In 2010, the idea materialised into reality when the government gave a grant of RM15 million to the Malaysian Department of Shariah Judiciary to set up the FSA.
Internationally, she is a leading authority on comparative family laws and a well respected figure amongst the legal fraternity. She has been a member of the International Society of Family Law since 1994 and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect since 2000. She was invited to join the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) in 2007. She is listed in "Who's who" in law and religion by the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) based in Milan, Italy. As a prolific writer, she has published 17 books and has presented more than 200 papers for local and international conferences. She writes for Mingguan Malaysia, Berita Harian and monthly for STAR and has her own segment in Radio IKIM.FM entitled "Mahligai Kasih".
At the Federal level, she is a member of the Technical Committee on Shari'ah and Civil Laws, Department of Islamic Religious Affairs, Prime Minister's Department and serves as appointed member in the National Religious Council. She was appointed as a member of the Malaysian Investigating Tribunal Panel, Advocates and Solicitors' Disciplinary Board Committee. As an expert in Family Law, she was appointed by the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development to be a council member of the National Women Advisory Council and also the Technical Committee for the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women. In 2010, she was appointed to chair the Panel on Current Issues on Women and Islam, Department of Islamic Development. She was seconded for two years (2009-2011) as the Deputy Director-General of the Institute for Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) before her appointment as Rector on the 2nd of Ramadhan 1432. She was awarded DPMS and DIMP from the HRH Sultan of Selangor and HRH Sultan of Pahang respectively in 2007.
Mohamed Mahees Raheem, Sri Lanka
Bachelor in Engineering (Mechatronics), 4 years
Malaysia is the ideal place for both Muslims and non-Muslims to study in. It combines modern technology with traditional and cultural ideals, enabling a homely and warm multicultural society to live in. The people are friendly, the city is vibrant and halal food is present everywhere at any time of the day. The country is developing rapidly and I hope to see Malaysia as a fully developed Muslim nation, where I am proud to study in.
Samira Mohamed Ali A-Sabahi, Oman
Bachelor in English and Literature, 4 years
Malaysia is the country that I was always dreaming about. I find Malaysia the perfect place to spend time to learn and get experience. This is my fourth year in Malaysia and I wish I can extend my study here due to the atmosphere that it provides to the students. The people are friendly and kind. The treatment that I have gotten since I came to Malaysia makes me certain that I made the right decision. I love the food and the nature of Malaysia. Malaysia is a free country and it is very obvious from the way that the multicultural community lives in harmony and peace. I love Malaysia and Malaysia Boleh!
Haris Bin Akram, India
Bachelor of Biomedical Science, 4 years
Malaysia is a nice country to study in. It is relatively cheap; the food is good and halal. The people are more open than people in other countries. It is truly a uniquely diverse country in terms of the variety of culture and people present in this peaceful country. The equipment in the laboratories is world class and the connectivity to the rest of Malaysia is good because of the good public transport system.