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    The International Islamic University Malaysia (Arabic: الجامعة الإسلامية العالمية بماليزيا‎‎; Malay:Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia), also known as IIUM or UIAM, is a public university in Malaysia. Its main campus is located in Gombak, Selangor with its Centre for Foundation Studiessituated in Kuantan Pahang. IIUM also has two city campuses in Kuala Lumpur  and will be opening a new campus in Bandar Universiti Pagoh . The university is sponsored by eight governments from the  Organisation of the Islamic Conference  (OIC). It is distinct from the  International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and International Islamic University Chittagong  in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    The university was established on 23 May 1983 and founded upon Islamic  principles. Islamic values are inculcated into all disciplines. IIUM offers master's degree and PhD courses at its 14 faculties, also known as kulliyyah.

    Since 1987, there have been 60,785 graduates and postgraduates who have completed their studies at the IIUM. Out of this, 53,241 were from Malaysia whereas 7,530 were international students


    Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad conceived of the idea for an international institution of Islamic education in 1982 during a meeting between OIC leaders about the  Islamization of knowledge . The idea was then shared with the then Minister of Education, Dr. Sulaiman Daud; the Director-General of Education, Murad Mohamed Nor and two other persons. Dr. Mohamed Kamal Hassan, then of the National University of Malaysia  along with a senior academic official who attended the meeting, produced the first working paper on the concept of the university.

    IIUM was officially established on 23 May 1983, by virtue of Section 5A (2) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, when the University received its Establishment Order from His Majesty the King, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, who was then appointed as its first Constitutional Head on 1 July 1983, after an exchange of Diplomatic Notes of co-sponsorship between the Government of Malaysia and a number of Muslim Governments and the OIC.

    The university's language of instruction was to be English and Arabic, and many of its students were 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.

    The university operates under the supervision of the Board of Governors, which is composed of representatives of the OIC as well as the eight sponsoring governments, namely; Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Constitutional Head, President and Rector of this university are all Malaysians.

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