International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Year founded
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Student population
Male : female student ratio
35 : 65
Local : international
80 : 20

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P.O. Box 10, Jalan Al Jamiah, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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IIUM is a unique university either in Malaysia or on a broader plane of the world. Since its inception, English has been used as both its medium of instruction and the language of its administration. It harmoniously blends 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.

The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) is a public publicly-funded university in Malaysia. The university is sponsored by 8 different governments from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). In Malayisa IIUM is particularly well-known for its extensive law library, research centre, and producing top-class university debaters.


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The idea of an international Islamic education institution was first conceived in 1982 by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad during a special meeting between OIC leaders to establish an international institution for tertiary education based on Islamic principles. Eventually the task of preparing the first working paper on the concept of the university was assigned to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamal bin Hassan of the National University of Malaysia.

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 (the King of Malaysia at the time), 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 have 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.

It was officially opened in Petaling Jaya (a township outside Kuala Lumpur), 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. Nevertheless, the Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this international university are all Malaysians.

The first 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.

IIUM has several campuses, facilities and institutions spread across several states of Malaysia, each with their own specialisations and purposes.

  • Gombak Campus - main campus, sprawling 700 acre (2.8 km²) campus at Gombak, Selangor. This is where most of the faculties are located.
  • Kuantan Campus - located about 250 km of Kuala Lumpur. This is where the Medical-Science, Pharmacy, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Dentistry faculties are located.
  • Petaling Jaya Campus - The original campus in Petaling Jaya has been converted to a matriculation centre and now known as Centre For Foundation Studies (CFS) for Science and Laws students.

The campuses have all facilities such as hostels, library, sports complexes, mosque, convenience stores and canteens.

The main IIUM Campus is located in a valley in the rustic district of Gombak, a suburb of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. This campus with elegant Islamic-style buildings surrounded by green-forested limestone hills covers 700 acres and attracts avid photographers from among both locals and tourists. This campus is noted for its gleaming blue-tiled roofs and characteristic sandstone buildings.

The campus houses all the facilities that a modern community needs, including a mosque that can accommodate thousands, state-of-the-art sports complexes with Olympic-size swimming pools, a fully equipped library, a 24-hour medical clinic, a child-minding centre, banks, post offices, restaurants, bookshops and grocery stores. A fibre-optic backbone runs through the entire campus, facilitating instant communication from one corner of the campus to another.

The Mosque of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah lies in the centre of the main campus grounds, interconnected to the rest of the administrative and academic buildings. This is symbolic of the Muslim belief that religious and worldly education are indivisible and inseparable from each other.

IIUM's main campus is located in Gombak in the state of Selangor. It is about 20 km away from the Kuala Lumpur city center. Accessibility to Kuala Lumpur from the campus is easy. There are efficient bus and taxi services, and LRT (metro) station is close to the campus.

Another famous landmark in Gombak is the Batu Caves.

Since the early years of its establishment, IIUM has practiced 100% accommodation for its full time undergraduate students. For postgraduate students, accommodation is provided based on availability of rooms. Priority is given to non-Malaysian students, especially students from the newest intake. 

Currently, IIUM has 16 mahallahs that accommodate about 14,000 students from various countries and cultures. Each mahallah is lead by a Principal and assisted by administrative staff and fellows. The staff concentrates on the administrative and maintenance needs of the mahallah, while the fellows focus on students' matters and activities.

Single Room

  • Specifically catered for postgraduate students who are considered matured and require more privacy
  • Undergraduate students may also apply if vacancies are available,
  • Rental rate for IIUM students is RM 7.00/day/person

4 person-sharing Room

  • The room accommodates four students in a compartmentalized unit. Although the four students are sharing a common door to the unit, each student is actually has his own private space/compartment for the sake of privacy.
  • Each compartment is provided with a single bed, study table and chair, cupboard, bookshelf or bookrack
  • Rental rate for IIUM students is RM 3.50/day/person

Elite Room (for male and female students)

  • Standard room (RM510/ month)
  • attached bathroom with hot shower
  • air conditioning
  • standard bedroom set
  • single sofa & coffee table
  • pantry & coin operated laundry (common facilities)

Note: Quoted rental rate excludes electricity charges.

Upgraded room (RM600/month)
Adds to the existing room:

  • TV, Mini refrigerator
  • bedding set / duvet & bed sheet
  • electric kettle
  • drinking set
  • pantry & coin operated laundry (common facilities)
  • Fong Po Kuan, a Member of Parliament in Malaysia, received a law degree from IIUM in 1997.
  • Wong Kah Woh, a Member of the Perak Legislative Assembly in Malaysia, received a law degree from IIUM in 2004.
  • Amanullah Jaihun, PhD, Afghanistan's current Ambassador to Australia. He completed his PhD in IIUM.
  • Melati Abdul Hamid was the first Malaysian to win the Best Oralist award in the final round of the 2005 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, an international law competition held in Washington, D.C.. In 2006, she received the Fulbright scholarship which enabled her to pursue an LL.M at Harvard University.
  • Damina Khaira graduated from the law school and later enrolled at Oxford University for her Master's degree. In 2008, she received the Fulbright scholarship which enabled her to pursue a Ph.D at Harvard University.
  • Tan Sri Dato' Azman bin Mokhtar, Managing Director/CEO of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
  • Ezam Mohd Noor, politician.
  • Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican, President of GPMS and UMNO Youth Exco member.
  • Tengku Amalin A'ishah Putri, Princess from the state of Kelantan.
  • Tunku Aminah Kalsom, Princess from the state of Johor.
  • Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Menteri Besar of Perak.
  • Mohammad Fairus bin Khairuddin, former Deputy Chief Minister 1 of Pulau Pinang.
  • Malik Imtiaz, prominent human rights lawyer and activist.
  • Norjuma Habib Muhammad, famous television celebrity and winner of Pengacara Jemputan NONA.
  • Rafe Haneef, Islamic Banking Consultant and CEO of HSBC Amanah, Malaysia and a member of Shariah Advisory Council for Securities Commission Malaysia. He received a law degree from IIUM and completed a LL.M at Harvard University.
  • In 2004, Irma Nur Zahrah Bt. Junian from IIUM won the Public Speaking Competition of World University Debating Championship (WUDC).
  • In 2007, IIUM won the WUDC title for English as a second language.[10] In 2008 world ranking of World Debate website, IIUM had the 14th place among the top universities of the world.
  • In the field of research, students of IIUM have received recognition at regional and international level by winning gold, silver and bronze medals at various exhibitions and expos, including PENCIPTA, INPEX, ITEX, Geneva and KIPA.

The faculties (kulliyyah) located at Gombak Campus are:

  • Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
  • Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Engineering
  • Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
  • Institute of Education
  • Centre of Languages and Pre-University Academic Development

The Kuantan Campus houses the following faculties:

  • Kulliyyah of Medicine
  • Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
  • Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
  • Kulliyyah of Nursing
  • Kulliyyah of Science
  • Kulliyyah of Dentistry

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