The founding of IIUM was first proposed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, during a visit to the United Arab Emirates in January 1982. On January 12, 1982, the Prime Minister, in a meeting with Datuk Amar Dr. Sulaiman Daud, the Director-General of Education, Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Murad bin Mohd. Nor, and senior civil servants and officials from local universites, formalized the decision.
On may 20, 1983, the International Islamic University Malaysia received the Establishment Order from His Majesty, the King, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin al-Mu’adzam Shah, after diplomatic notes and co-sponsorship were exchanged between the Malaysian goverment and Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
The university was formed and incorporated according to the Companies Act (1965) on May, 10, 1982 at which thr Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association were accepted as the constitution of the University and the name “The International Islamic University Malaysia” established.
The five-year medical programme is divided into 3 phases. Phase 1 consists of the first two years of the programme involving integrated teaching and learning of the relevant basic medical sciences. Phase II (Year 3) and Phase III (Year 4 and Year 5) involves clinical skills development and subsequently consolidation of clinical clerkship in the various clinical disciplines. The Islamic input topics are integrated throughout the 5-year course.
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.
IIUM has several campuses, facilities and institutions spread across several states of Malaysia, each with their own specialisations and purposes. Find out what and where these campuses are here:
- Gombak Campus-The main IIUM Campus is nestled in a valley in the rustic district of Gombak, a suburb of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. This Garden of Knowledge and Virtue covers 700 acres, with elegant Islamic-style buildings surrounded by green-forested limestone hills, attracts avid photographers from among both locals and tourists.This 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.
- Kuantan Campus-About 250 kilometres of Kuala Lumpur is the Kuantan Campus, 1,000 acres of a virtual garden nestled within a valley surrounded by thick forest. This is where the Medical-Science, Pharmacy, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Dentistry faculties are located.
- Kuala Lumpur Campus-The Kuala Lumpur Campus located at Persiaran Duta, Kuala Lumpur, this campus consists of a main administration and academic building, a library, a mosque and a conference hall.
- CFS-The IIUM Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) is located in the satellite town of Petaling Jaya, south of Kuala Lumpur. Two freeways connect the campus from the city centre, reducing travelling time to less than an hour on either highway.
The University library system consists of five libraries at each of the University’s five campuses: the Main Library at the Gombak campus, two Medical libraries in the Kuantan campus (Indera Mahkota and Jalan Hospital branches), the ISTAC Library at Damansara, the IIBF Library at Jalan Duta and the Centre for Foundation Studies (CENFOS) Library at Petaling Jaya and Nilai.
With a total collection of over 550,000 volumes of monographs, 1,600 serial titles on subscription, 24,000 volumes of bound serials, 60,000 units of audio-visual media, and 29,000 microforms, the library also subscribes to a number of online databases and electronic journals and e-books, using the Library of Congress List of Subject Headings and the Library of Congress Classification Scheme to organize its collections.
The Main Library building in Gombak provides a spacious and conducive study environment with 40 carrel rooms, 15 research rooms, 8 discussion rooms, 4 audio-visual viewing rooms, an auditorium, and a multi-purpose room with a seating capacity for over 2,000 users. In addition, the Library also has 3 computer labs as well as computer and internet facilities for Library users.
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