The idea to establish the Islamic Foundation of Science and Technology (“Foundation”) at Yala, Thailand arises from the need of the largely Muslim local community for higher education in science and technology, especially of those students who have previously completed their studies in religious primary and secondary schools. In particular, the Foundation aims to extend the existing primary and secondary religious education by providing tertiary education opportunities for the students to further their studies, particularly in the areas of science and technology and based on the Islamic teaching. For this purpose, the Foundation aims to establish an Islamic university to be tentatively called Asian Islamic University of Science and Technology (“AIUST“).
The Foundation was officially registered with the government of Thailand on 28 February 2012, with the registration number of 1/2555, and having the official address at 766 Siroros Road, Sateng Sub-District, Muang Yala, Yala Province, Thailand.
AIUST will complement the existing primary and secondary religious schools and turn Yala into a center for a complete education system from the primary level to the tertiary level. The primary and secondary education have been in operations in Yala for more than half a century, having been established and managed by Haji Haron bin Mohamad Tahir Sulong, a well-respected Islamic scholar and religious teacher in the regions of Yala and Pattani. In 1993, a college, called Jamiah Islami Sheikh Daud Al-Fatani (“JISDA“) was established to offer diploma and bachelor level courses in religious disciplines. As of May 2013, there were more than 8,000 students enrolled in the secondary schools, and almost 1,000 students were already studying at JISDA.
The founding members of the Foundation have long realized the need to upgrade the religious schools as well as improve the wellbeing of the community by providing science and technology education at the tertiary level. Currently, students of religious school are facing difficulties to further their education to the next level, mainly due to the lack of tertiary education opportunities for them. Those students with financial resources may go abroad to further their studies, but for the majority of the students, the most likely option is to enrol in the available non-religious universities. The establishment of AIUST that specializes in science and technology based on Islamic teaching is to fulfill the need for an Islamic higher educational opportunities of these students, and one that prepares them to contribute to the uplifting of the welfare and living standard of the community.
Vision, Mission and Objectives
To create without constraints educational and vocational opportunities for everyone.
To fulfill responsibilities to help Muslim communities who cannot afford or do not have access to higher education.
1. To promote and support the management of education and research in science and technology;
2. To enhance literacy on science and technology among the Muslim population;
3. To cooperate with public and private institutions for a sustainable development of education;
4. To promote and integrate Islamic teachings in academic and vocational development;
5. To function as a dakwah center for the development of Muslim population in Thailand and Southeast Asian countries; and
6. To cooperate with relevant organizations in promoting the interests and welfare of the local community.
The main activities of the Foundation would be to raise funds from individuals and charitable organizations in order to finance education-related activities. The pillar project of the Foundation is to establish a university offering courses in scientific and technological fields as well as having strong core components of Islamic studies. Subject to the approval of relevant authorities, the university will be called Asian Islamic University of Science and Technology (AIUST).
In the first phase, it is envisaged that AIUST would offer degree courses in four faculties: (1) Faculty of Science and Technology; (2) Faculty of Management Sciences; (3) Faculty of Agriculture; and (4) Faculty of Islamic Sciences. The existing college run by the Foundation, JISDA will then be absorbed into AIUST to become the Faculty of Islamic Sciences.
Currently the primary and secondary schools as well as JISDA are situated on a 15-acre piece of land. The Foundation is in the process of acquiring an adjacent 500-acre piece of land for the expansion of the schools and the construction of the proposed AIUST. The proposed land to be acquired will also serve as a landbank for future expansion of the university and at the same time, will be used to provide supporting activities to the schools and AIUST, as well as providing additional income to finance the activities of the Foundation.
The Foundation is currently actively seeking funds to purchase the land and to begin the construction of the university.
Board of Advisors
1. Wan Muhamad Noor Matha – former Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Interior, founding member and Thailand’s representative of Rabitah Islamiah, Makkah.
2. Tan Sri Dato’ Wan Mokhtar Muhammad – former Chief Minister of Terengganu, Malaysia.
3. Sheikh Fahad bin Said bin Nasser bin Said, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
4. Sheikh Yasser bin Said bin Saad Al-Said, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Board of Trustees
1. Dr. Hasan Abdel Kader @ Massae Rinissae – Chairman
2. Said Udom Wallee, Thailand – Secretary
3. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Mamingchi – Chairman of the Islamic Council of Pattani, Thailand
4. Sheikh Ismail Hari – Chairman of the Islamic Council of Yala, Thailand
5. Dato’ Dr. Ismail Ibrahim – former Malaysian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
6. Dato Dr. Rohaizi Yusof – Director of CIDB Malaysia
7. Haji Ahmed Firdaus Ismail, Malaysia.
8. Wan Azhar Yusof, Malaysia
9. Sheikh Yusof Saad Al Muqren, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Chairman: Dr. Hasan Abdul Kadir @ Massae Rinissae
Vice Chairman: Mr. Abdul Rahman Je’sa
1. Mr. Razi Sulong – Doctrine and Preaching Committee
2. Mr. Abdulrohman Tupa – Public Relations Committee
3. Mr. Udom Wallee – Academic and Education Committee
4. Mrs. Parida Sulong – Treasurer and Committee Member
5. Mr. Hama Samoh – Secretary and Committee Member
6. Mr. Muhammadruslan Je’sani – Assistant Secretary and Committee Member
7. Mr. Abdulrohman Bahe – Receptions and Committee Member
8. Mr. Asree Purong – Donation Unit and Committee Member