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The Albukhary Foundation aligned its activities to realise the government’s poverty eradication agenda. Education became its top priority, while it also continued to reach out to the needy through a variety of social welfare initiatives.

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Success in Malaysia encouraged the Foundation to expand overseas. Its education-social welfare-religion focus served as the model for its overseas programmes.

Rehabilitation work was carried out in Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan (please refer under Pakistan).

The Foundation contributed towards the construction of the new campus of the Darul Uloom Islamic Academy in Brisbane, a school based on Islamic style education in Australia.

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29th August - 29 th November 2012
In conjunction with 55th Merdeka and 49th Malaysia Day celebrations...

11 July 2012
The Albukhary Foundation will establish the Mahathir Mohamad Advanced Research Centre at the Albukhary International University in Alor Setar, Kedah.

1 April 2012

AIU students went on a community service trip to Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti (Community Rehabilitation Centre) in Bedong...

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

In 1998, the foundation launched the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. Housing more than seven thousand artefacts, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is one of the world’s leading private Islamic museums. It hosts about two exhibitions a year, often in collaboration with renowned museums and collectors. Over the years, it has become a popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, especially with foreigners.

The museum’s collections have also travelled the world. Travelling exhibitions include the Rhythm & Verses exhibition (of works that cover major calligraphic styles) that was held at the National University of Singapore Museum and the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. Another is Abrbandi: Ikats of Central Asia (exotic silk textiles, robes and tapestries that celebrate a unique weaving tradition) that was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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Centre of Foundation Studies, AIU, Alor Setar.


Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah

Named in honour of his mother, the Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah is Syed Mokhtar’s wakf to the less fortunate of the world. Sprawling over a 30.35-hectare site (75-acres) in Syed Mokhtar’s hometown of Alor Setar, it is founded on the philosophy of equal opportunity – upholding the right of the disadvantaged to quality education, quality healthcare, and quality living.

At the heart of the complex is Albukhary International University (AIU). What distinguishes it from many other universities is that it combines the pursuit of academic knowledge with the inculcation of the spirit of volunteerism.

To achieve these twin goals, the campus houses both the halls of learning and welfare facilities such as an orphanage, a centre for children with special needs and a community education centre. The university curriculum includes community service for undergraduates.

Adjoining Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah are the Albukhary Mosque and Souq. Both are local landmarks that are open to the public.

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