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Islamic Global School Network (i-GSN) is an international school network based in Islamic education who had contact with the USIM either through visitation by USIM administrative staff, lecturers and students or visitation by the particular school to USIM campus.

The main purpose is to maintain the current relationship by spreading current leaflets, brochures and magazines related to the current development of academic, research and student activities in USIM to the i-GSN network.

The i-GSN network also as a platform for USIM for internationalization program which will enhance cooperation in terms of promotion and international student intakes into USIM.

This program was created to develop a list of schools database of the international Islamic education that has established relationships with USIM that will be updated from time to time. 

One of the program under i-GSN flagship is the i-GSN Jamboree, where USIM Alamiyyah or the International Centre plays host to about 150 students from schools all over the region and as far as Australia to promote understanding of Islam and to showcase what USIM has to offer. The Jamboree was first conducted in 2015 and to this date, 16 schools with 555students have experienced first-hand what it would be like to be USIM students, and a significant number of i-GSN alumni has become USIM students.

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Background of the Agreement

Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) and the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) for collaboration on the offer of USIM PhD program for students located in Bangladesh was officially signed on 6 April 2014 in Chittagong.

Its prime objective is to provide a most convenient opportunity for the PhD teachers of IIUC and other Private Universities in Bangladesh to upgrade their academic qualifications with credible and high quality PhD degrees at affordable cost and staying at their jobs and workplaces.

Main Features of the Scheme

a) It is a 3-year (6-semester) full-time regular PhD Program at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

b) A student under the scheme will have to pay to USIM a total of RM 25,754 (BDT 6,50,000 app.) as tuition fee and other charges during 3 years and an amount of RM 5,600 to RM 7,700 (BDT 140,000 to 192,500) during admission.

c) A student will have to stay for a minimum period of 3 months in the USIM during the 3-year duration of PhD study for completion of admission, finalization of research proposal and defending PhD thesis at the end. Staying in Malaysia may cost RM 1,000 to RM 1,200 (BDT 25,000 to 30,000) per month per person for food and accommodation excluding airfare. Return airfare may cost BDT 25,000 to 40,000 per trip per person.

d) A student will have to complete two courses namely Research Methodology, and Data Analysis under the GOAL (Global Open Access Learning) system of USIM. Students who completed the course(s) at tertiary level may get exemption from the course(s) through application after admission to the PhD program.

e) Student has the option to pursue his/her PhD research staying in Bangladesh under this Special Scheme.

f) Candidates having suitable Master degree or its equivalent with good grade from recognized Universities or Institutes are eligible to apply.

Students under the scheme are required to apply for admission through the Coordinator of the Program in Bangladesh. They are to make all communications with USIM through the Coordinator.

Contact Address

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Aktaruzzaman Khan
Centre for Research and Publication (CRP), IIUC
Coordinator, USIM PhD Program under Special Scheme
International Islamic University Chittagong
154/A, College Road, Chittagong-4203
Contact: +88 031 610085, 610308, 625561 Ext. 143, 275, 283
Cell: (0088) 01554315876

Credit Transfer programme allows students to take selected courses at other participating universities, local or overseas rather than just entirely at USIM. Arrangement for the Credit Transfer programme must be made prior a recognition of the credit transfer. A Senate approval is required for such transfer to be recognised and valid, and commonly arranged in advanced by the Faculty.It can be possible if the initiative is taken by the candidate but the whole procedures must start at Faculty level for a proper scrutiny on similarity checking of courses involved.

Credit Transfer programme can be taken for a period no longer than 2 semesters. Students must take all courses endorsed by the Senate for a graduation requirement to be full filled and to appear on academic transcript. They may take other electives subjects at the host universities and the inclusion in the academic transcript is subject to Senate’s approval.