In 1951, Haji Haron bin Mohamad Tahir Sulong, a well-respected Islamic scholar and religious teacher in the regions of Yala and Pattani made history by establishing a religious school, known as Ma’had Al-Bi’that Al-Dinniyah. The establishement of this school became an important milestone in education among the Muslim population of Southern Thailand, as this was the first religious school established as a “school system” in the region against the backdrop of the traditional “pondok” education. This was later followed by a girls’ school known as Ma’had Al-Irshad Lilbanat. To provide a continuation of education to the students, a college was later established in 1993, called Jamiah Islamiah Sheikh Daud Al-Fatani (“JISDA“). JISDA offers degree courses in Syariah, Usuluddin, Tarbiah (Islamic Education) and Arabic Language.
Over the years, it was observed that students of the religious schools were facing difficulties in continuing their education to the next level due to the extremely limited opportunities available to religious students at the tertiary level and none offers science and technology programs. The idea to establish an Islamic university specializing in science and technology is to fulfill the obvious gap – the need of the religious school leavers to continue their education at tertiary level. The existing religious schools, with the total enrolment of more than 8,000 students (as of May 2013) will become important feeder schools to the new Islamic university. The existing college, JISDA will be absorbed into the new university as a faculty offering courses in Islamic Sciences.
The proposed new Islamic university will be called Asian Islamic University of Science and Technology (“AIUST“) (subject to approval of relevant authorities). The name reflects the main target students of AIUST i.e. the religious school leavers of Thailand and other Asian countries. To spearhead the establishment of AIUST, a foundation, called the Islamic Foundation of Science and Technology (“Foundation”) was established and formally registered on 28 February 2012. The main purpose of the Foundation is to raise funds to finance the establishment of AIUST.
Philosophy, Vision and Mission of AIUST
The establishment of AIUST is based on Al-Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. AIUST will bring innovations based on Islamic values and traditions in science and technology to the Muslim ummah of Thailand. Shariah (Islamic law), Usuluddin (Islamic Theology) and Tarbiyah (Islamic Education), for example, will be incorporated into most of AIUST academic programs. AIUST will help build the region’s knowledge-based human resource.
To develop a globally competitive Muslim community who are highly trained in science and technology.
To produce competitive and innovative graduates in science and technology, equipped with the values of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. and Al-Quran.
Objectives and Outcomes
Objectives of AIUST
• To provide access and equity in higher education to the Muslim ummah of Thailand and the Southeast Asian region.
• To establish an Islamic-based center of excellence in science and technology.
• To provide academic and research support services in resource conservation and sustainable development.
• To become an educational and research hub, enhancing regional cooperation between nations.
• Graduates of high moral values and integrity, highly competitive, and are able to meet the challenges of the global market.
• Graduates who are independent, dedicated to Islam, and are knowledgeable in contemporary issues.
• An academic and research center dedicated to sustainable human resource development.
• A regional educational and research center in science and technology, and as an Asean region cultural center.
• Greater access and equity in higher education. The ummah has equal opportunity to compete in education, economic and social activities.
• AIUST as key player in cross-cultural and cross-border cooperation between nations, promoting Islamic values among science and technology professionals.
Faculties and Programs
Faculty of Science and Technology
• Alternative Energy Technology
• Communication Technology
• Creative Multimedia
Faculty of Management Sciences
• Islamic Banking and Finance
• Halal Quality Assurance
• Quality Management
• Business Management
Faculty of Agriculture
• Agricultural Technology
• New Theory Agriculture
• Food Technology
Faculty of Islamic Sciences
• Islamic Education
• Arabic Language and Culture
Faculty of Science and Technology
• B.Sc. (Alternative Energy Technology)
Energy systems are common in one’s life, and the environmental and economic consequences of fossil fuel based energy generation are of concern to many. This program explores both the traditional energy generation methods and new green technology. Students are introduced to atmospheric science and weather, and are encouraged to explore/study wind and solar energy. The principles of biomass, biofuels, geothermal and other sources of energy are emphasized.
• B.Sc. (Communication Technology)
The program covers topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based information systems. It includes the study of computer hardware, application and operating systems software, system integration, database design and management, networking, and network security. It prepares students as information technologist, project manager, systems or network administrator, computer support specialist, and database administrator.
• B.Sc. (Creative Multimedia)
It is to impact creative and entrepreneur skills, and encompasses arts and design, incorporating science and engineering and humanities. The program is studio-based, and focuses on new technologies within the real and the virtual world. Students are prepared as digital media designers and entrepreneurs, animators, TV/radio content developers and digital film makers.
Faculty of Management Science
• BA. (Islamic Banking and Finance)
The program aims at an understanding of the Islamic Banking and Finance operating systems. Students will be equipped with strong background about Islamic Finance and its innovative products. The underlying Islamic principles related to Islamic financing instruments and Shariah compliance will be emphasized.
• BA. (Halal Quality Assurance)
Halal food has recently attracted global attention. Food quality and shariah compliance are issues of concern to the Islamic world. Many countries have implemented halal manufacturing practices which cover halal food preparation, handling, storage, and hygiene. The program offers manpower development and opportunities in the halal food industries. Graduates are knowledgeable in Islamic business management, and are equipped with shariah compliance auditing skills.
• BA. (Quality Management)
Globalization entails competition; the management and their managers are continuously monitoring quality. Quality is very important to the managers of the future, i.e. if their businesses are to survive. The management needs to ensure that quality is managed effectively and efficiently to ensure its market dominance. Students are taught to analyze, evaluate and apply processes and techniques in manufacturing and services to effectively maintain high quality and standards.
• BA. (Business Management)
The program focuses on the development and applications of scientific and mathematical modeling to aid organizations in making strategic decisions. At the end of the program, students will be equipped with computer skills and problem solving abilities.
• B.Sc. (Agricultural Technology)
The program prepares students in crop science and agri-business skills. Technology refers to new precision advanced farming technology, and students are equipped to participate in the agronomy industry, and to act as crop or animal husbandry consultants, and or as agro-entrepreneurs.
• B.Sc. (New Theory Agriculture)
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has proposed for the New Theory Agriculture Management System. The system guides farmers in proper management of limited natural resources to achieve maximum benefit. Basically, the New Theory Agriculture divides land usage into four parts, i.e. 30% for water reserves, 30% for crop (paddy) cultivation, 30% for integrated crop production and 10% for farm-housing and accommodation. The program offers courses in agri-technology, crop production, and animal husbandry. The main emphasis of the program is high impact sustainable development. The New Theory Agriculture is to make farmers self-sufficient and economically stable.
• B.Sc. (Food Technology)
Students are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of food sciences and technology covering the entire food chain from production of the raw material to the utilization of the products by the consumer. Emphasis is on understanding food properties, processing, preparation, nutrition, consumption and hygiene.
Faculty of Islamic Sciences
• BA. (Shariah)
The program exposes students to the understanding of Islamic knowledge and sources of Islamic jurisprudence. It emphasizes the Islamic moral code and the religious law, addressing many topics in the society, in criminology, politics and economics. Graduates would command both the Islamic traditions as well as the modern world.
• BA. (Usuluddin)
Usuluddin discusses the oneness of the Lord of the Worlds, Allah based on the Al-Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w. The program covers studies of the Al-Quran, aqidah, Islamic thoughts, history and civilization, dakwah and human development.
• BA. (Islamic Education)
This program focuses on developmental and educational processes conforming to the Islamic codes and standards. The program focuses on the codes embodied in the Al-Quran and the teachings of the holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Graduates should be able to appreciate the Islamic perspectives on physical, mental and spiritual development.
• BA. (Arabic Language and Culture)
This is a comprehensive program that focuses on the Arabic language as spoken in the Arab world. Also it stresses the Islamic culture, tradition, heritage and identity, challenging students academically, culturally, and fostering the development of Islamic morals, values and ideals. By the end of the program, students should have a good grasp of the Arabic grammar and Arab culture.
1. Wan Muhamad Noor Matha – Former Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Interior, founding member and Thailand representative of Rabitah Islamiah, Makkah.
2. Dr. Hasan Abdel Kader @ Massae Rinissae – Chairman and CEO, Islamic Foundation of Science and Technology, Yala.
3. Mr. Said Udom Wallee – Committee Member, Islamic Foundation of Science and Technology, Yala.
4. Thira Mongkolcheep – Chulalongkorn University
5. Dato’ Dr. Ismail Ibrahim – former Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
6. Tan Sri Prof. Dr. Kamal Hassan – former Vice Chancellor, International Islamic University Malaysia.
7. Sheikh Yusof Saad Al Muqren, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Prof. Dr. Mohd Zahedi Daud, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (2000-2005), former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (2006-2008)
1. Prof. Phichet Kalamkaset – Faculty of Social Sciences, Mahidon University, Thailand
2. Dr. Abdul Rashid Abdullah – Department of Arabic Language, Naratiwat University, Thailand
3. Prof. Nik Waeteh – Prince Songkhala Nakharin University of Pattani, Thailand.
4. Dr. Ibrahem Narongraksaket – Prince Songkhala Nakharin University of Pattani, Thailand.
5. Dato Dr. Mansor Md Isa – former Dean, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia.
6. Dato Prof. Dr. Mohd Muda – former Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.
7. Dato Prof. Dr. Mohd Yusof Hj Othman, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
8. Dr. Dalia Aralas, Universiti Putra Malaysia.