Some twenty years ago, I made a promise of intent to myself that one day, I would establish a university to provide opportunity to bright students from underprivileged Muslim minority countries and disadvantaged backgrounds to receive tertiary education and become productive and compassionate members of society. Having come from a humbling background myself, I did not want to deprive anyone of the opportunity to pursue higher education.
The AIU is my Education Waqf (Benefaction) through the Albukhary Foundation which I bequeath to bright and disadvantaged students of good character irrespective of race, colour or creed. However, I want to stress that AIU is not an Islamic university, it is an international university, where standards will be internationally benchmarked, where staff and students are international in composition, and where the curriculum reflects international relevance and addresses future needs.
My hope is to see all the students of AIU, who are sponsored by the Albukhary Foundation, graduate not only as competent professionals, but that they are also instilled with Adab, Akhlaq, Aqidah, Amanah and Amalan values characterised by steadfastness; self-discipline and conviction to serve in society. It is my earnest hope that over time, every deserving student is able to access higher education at AIU.
Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
Albukhary International University