About Albukhary International University

  • The Albukhary International University (AiU) located in the city of Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia is fully funded through the Albukhary Foundation , a Malaysian based organisation with an international presence started in 1996 by Malaysian corporate entrepreneur and philanthropist Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.
  • AiU offers a unique learning experience by virtue of:
    • It is a waqf (eternally charitable) University, and there are no tuition fee charged. All students receive full scholarships from the Foundation.
    • Up to 80 per cent of its student enrollment is international, and the balance will be Malaysian students, irrespective of ethnicity, creed, socio-cultural backgrounds.
    • Priority are given to students who are from the poor, disadvantaged, underprivileged or marginalised backgrounds. Their overall academic backgrounds however must show that they are capable of being high achievers. These are students who are qualified for tertiary education, but are denied places either because of stringent academic requirements, or because they cannot afford the costs involved.
    • All students of AiU are required to undertake planned social and community engagement activities throughout their period of study. The objective is to inculcate in them the passion to serve and contribute to others.
    • AiU staff, both academic and administrative will also be international in composition. They will be not only qualified and experienced, but equally if not more important, they must subscribe and practice the vision, mission, and core values of the University.
    • The curriculum will be based on universal principles and practices which will be relevant for the different and diverse societies from where the students and staff come from.
    • The programmes of AiU is based on the belief that the best education is one that recognises and allows for individual differences, and one that engages both the mind and the heart.  Our academic and social programmes and social will be in synergy to achieve this aim by being academically relevant, socially engaged and recreationally enriching.
  • AiU hopes that through its philosophy and programmes, its graduates will be academically and professionally sound, whilst at the same time become imbibed with core humanitarian values. In this way, our graduates will not only be gainfully employed and become successful professionals, but that they will also have the passion to serve and contribute to their respective societies.
  • In the long run, although AiU is not a large University, with a maximum of 3,000 students, the quality and the kind of graduates that are schooled in AiU will be able to make a difference to the bottom 20 per cent of society.

What AiU means by being an “international university”

  • Far too often Universities consider themselves International or that they have Internationalised themselves, when some of the following features are in place:
    • Having large numbers of international students
    • Cross border activities such as movement of students and staff.
    • The physical presence in other countries of branch campuses.
    • Virtual programmes offered worldwide without learners having to relocate.
  • However, far more important is the fact that the university’s teaching, learning, research and service functions reflects “the process of integrating an international, intercultural, and global dimension into the purpose, functions  (teaching, research, service) and delivery of higher education”; a different process than globalisation [Knight, J, 2006] – http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001473/147363e.pdf
  • This means that this integrating process is a truly representative one, and not skewed or biased towards any particular viewpoint. It implies the development of a “synthesising mind” with the ability to systematically find patterns by putting ideas together and coming out with the bigger picture. It implies also the ability to present an international scenario that takes into account values and nuances, thus making it truly International.
  • In this way, AiU will in a small way contribute to bringing about deeper understanding between East and West and between North and South whereby all staff and students will subscribe to this ideal and translate it in all their academic and social pursuits beyond the campus life.