IIUM is a unique university either in Malaysia or on a broader plane of the world. Since its inception English is used both as its medium of instruction and the language of its administration. It blends harmoniously modern and professional disciplines with traditional values and moral virtues. Its students originate from more than 100 countries representing nearly all regions of the world. IIUM has spared no effort to ensure that it provides the best tertiary education possible in all branches of knowledge.
IIUM was officially established on 23 May 1983 when the University received its ‘Establishment Order’ from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia and a number of Muslim Governments as well as the OIC. On 1 July 1983, Ahmad Shah was appointed as the first Constitutional Head of the IIUM.
The university’s language of instruction was to be English and Arabic, and many of its students would 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.
It was officially opened at Petaling Jaya, with the Allahyarham Tun Hussein Onn elected as the first president. The university operates under the direction of a Board of Governors with representatives of the OIC as well as eight sponsoring governments, namely; Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this international 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 and the Center for Languages. These 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) degrees, 56 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees, and 29 Qadis were conferred Diploma in Law and Administration of Islamic Judiciary.
The Research Management Centre of the International Islamic University Malaysia was established by the University Senate in 1991. The main objective of its establishment is to promote and coordinate research activities of the University. It aims to become a leading reference international centre to promote research which seeks to restore the dynamics and progressive role of the Muslim Ummah in all branches of knowledge. The Research Management Centre is located in the main Gombak campus as well as a branch in the Kuantan campus
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