Background

OVERVIEW

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) is an emerging Islamic university which is fully owned and funded by the Malaysian Government. Being the 12th Public Institution of Higher learning, it aims to spearhead knowledge and be the global reference centre for Islamic Science.

USIM adopts a balanced approach between the physical and spiritual aspects, not only in the academic programmes offered, but is also widely practised throughout the university including administration and management levels. Against this backdrop, USIM embraces a holistic approach towards the delivery of knowledge, which unites revelational sciences (Naqli knowledge) and the rational sciences (Aqli knowledge). 

USIM thus offers a unique model to Islamic Higher Education setting it apart from other Islamic universities worldwide. The integration of religious sciences together with the social and physical sciences in all its programmes provides a comprehensive understanding of current global problems and offers a fresh alternative in solving them.


INTEGRATION OF NAQLI AND AQLI KNOWLEDGE

 
The education paradigm at USIM is based on the basic principle that integrating religious sciences with social and physical sciences will not only provide a more comprehensive understanding of current global challenges, but also offer a fresh alternative in approaching and solving them. This is because of the universal nature of Islamic values, and history has proven that these values can be shared by all humankind; living together harmoniously with mutual respect and tolerance. It is also an effort towards reviving the scientific and technological feats of Muslim scholars in the past and moving it forward. USIM graduates are moulded within this ethos, so that they are not only able to function as professionals in their respective disciplines effectively, but at the same time are ready to contribute and make a difference to the society in the Islamic tradition.
 
USIM is committed to be excellent in three tracks in terms of its academic programmes and research. The tracks are;

  1. Islamic Studies, Quran and Sunnah
  2. Islamic Science, Technology and Engineering
  3. Islamic Arts, Social Science and Humanities

The three tracks are supported by the five (5) Centres of Excellence which are responsible for enhancing the research environment.

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) or formerly known as Islamic University College of Malaysia (KUIM) is the 12th Public University / Goverment University in Malaysia. USIM/KUIM was approved by the Cabinet on 11 June 1997 and made public on 13 March 1998. Among the objectives of the establishment of USIM are to uphold and enhance Islamic studies, bring Islamic Studies into the national main education stream, emphasize the use of information technology in education and research systems. Focus is also put in mastering Arabic and English language as well as the national language.

At present, USIM has 9 faculties;

  • Faculty of Quranic and Sunnah Studies
  • Faculty of Syariah and Law
  • Faculty of Leadership and Management
  • Faculty of Economics and Muamalat
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Major Languages Studies
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

The academic programmes are focused and developed with the idea that Islamic studies should be taken as a base for all academic programmes and it should cover and surpass all branches of knowledge that includes economy, law, syariah, language, dakwah, management, Quran and Sunnah, Fiqh, counseling, communication, medicine, science & information technology, dentistry and accounting. Through this unique approach, it is hoped that wider opportunities for Islamic stream students are open and these graduates will not be too confounded on the traditional scope of Islamic Studies per semester .