Albukhary International University (AiU) is a private non-profit international university catering for high achieving students. Through the Albukhary scholarships, it gives special attention and access to students who lack opportunities to pursue higher education. The university is located in Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah in Alor Star, Kedah. Diversity and internationalisation are cherished values, crystallised in the composition of the students and faculty. The buildings showcase the architectural diversity of the Islamic world.
Charity is the cornerstone of commerce where business has a social agenda in creating a more caring and progressive society.
The philosophy is very much influenced by the words of the Founder’s parents who said “Never compromise values in the pursuit of money. What we have is not ours until we have given it away”.
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary founded the Albukhary Foundation as his personal charity or wakf, to give form and structure to his charitable activities when he formed his first company in 1974. Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah, named in honour of his mother, is managed by the Foundation as an integrated complex providing health, education and welfare.
An important pillar of the social agenda is Education, exemplified by the Albukhary International University at the heart of Kompleks Ilmu Sharifah Rokiah. Raised in the Islamic tradition of taqwa (Piety) and Ehsan (compassion), Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary sees education as a means to empower people, especially those who do not have the opportunities, and to forge understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds. Through charity, integrity, excellence, quality and compassion, a life of dignity, well-being and success for individuals and societies are promoted in a sustainable manner.
AiU Core Values
Founded on the Albukhary Philosophy, AiU is driven by values which permeate throughout the organisation, from the Board of Directors, Board of Governors, the AiU management, faculties, staff, students, to the associated communities and Albukhary corporations. The core values of charity, scholarship, excellence, quality, integrity, and compassion will be reinforced through activities which foster leadership, volunteerism, civic responsibility, mutual cooperation, respect of diversity and human rights as well as resourcefulness in promoting a life of dignity, well-being and success for individuals and societies living in peace and harmony in a sustainable, moral and ethical manner.
The Leadership of AiU nurtures an institutional culture that is built on AiU’s Core Values at the highest professional level, compassion to best serve the human condition and good governance based on codes of good practices to ensure collaboration, team work, volunteerism, valuing of diversity, effectiveness, efficiency, justice, fairness and equity.
As a Traditional university, Education, Research and Service are its three important pillars in promoting scholarship, excellence, quality, and integrity, driven by the desire to produce well rounded graduates who can lead intellectual, economic and social transformations, research discoveries to make the world a better place and service to support a life of quality and well being.
As a Corporate university it enhances continuing professional development through formal learning programmes and Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) which are tailored for diverse learner populations that go beyond traditional job training, to enable individual progression, make the Corporation more competitive and drive the Albukhary Core Values throughout the Corporation
As a UniverCity it reinforces the dynamic interaction, strategic partnership and mutual cooperation with the people and the city of Alor Star, its extended surroundings, and stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors, to make AiU locally effective in fostering leadership, volunteerism, civic responsibility, respect of diversity and human rights as well as resourcefulness in promoting entrepreneurship, social business, cultural enrichment, intellectual discourse and scholarship thus achieving a life of dignity, well-being and success for individuals and societies living in peace and harmony in a sustainable, moral and ethical manner.
Internationalisation and global engagement reinforce respect and celebration of diversity and excellence through existing partnerships, endowments and awards such as with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the London School of Economics and the Islamic Academy of Cambridge and by forging new alliances with global academic networks and other renowned Higher Education Institutions.
Sustainable living is exemplified by a green a green campus with state-of-the-art physical facilities which include extensive use of virtual learning with particular focus on the ethical use of information and communications technology in its operations.
AiU Website: www.aiu.edu.my