Introduction

Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII)

Creating a better world through excellent graduate education and research on Islam and society in the Muslim world

Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) or Indonesian International Islamic University (IIIU) is a newly stablished graduate institution that provides seven schools and offers various academic programs focusing on the study of Islam and the Musim world. The university also has various research centers with specific expertise to respond to strategic issues and challenges related to Muslim society worldwide. To preserve and promote Islamic culture and civilization, including Indonesia’s rich and diverse ones, UIII develops an umbrella institution dedicated for the study, preservation and promotion of Muslim heritage in the region, and establishes a museum to exhibit a collection of artifacts with historical, aesthetical and scientific signi?icance to the Muslim world.

Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia

Islam in Indonesia

Today, Indonesia is the largest democratic country in Southeast Asia, as well as the largest democratic Muslim country in the world. With its sustained democratic practices since 1998, Indonesia has become an example of the compatibility between Islam and democracy. Indonesia’s accomplishments have also led to the strengthening of democratic aspects within ASEAN’s structure.

Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia

Indonesia is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. There are around 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, 200 million of them live in Indonesia. This is a much higher number compared to other Muslim countries in South Asia, as India (144 million), Pakistan (140 million), and Bangladesh (115 million). The difference is even greater when compared Middle Eastern countries, whose Muslim population accounts for a sixth of Muslims worldwide. This fact should place Indonesia in a strategic position, not just among Muslim countries, but also non-Muslim countries.

Indonesia is not muslim country, but it is a Muslim majority country. Indonesia’s constitution assures the right for all citizens worship according to his or her own religion. As one of the world's great plural societies, Indonesia has a strong history of coping with its diverse religions. Indonesia’s Islam has so far moved in lockstep with modernity. Muslim ulama, intellectuals, academics, politicians have always strived to develop Islamic comprehension and practices which encouraged national progress. Educational institutions, organizations, and political parties under the umbrella of Islam are all working against backwardness and towards modernity. Their works are not just dedicated to Muslims in Indonesia, but also for the nation as a whole. In this context, the Indonesian Muslim class is spearheading Indonesia’s overall effort to accelerate modernization.

Many have voiced their expectations for Indonesia to contribute to world peace. At the regional level, Indonesia is the main driver for and upholding human rights. Indonesia is always present to help resolve domestic conflicts triggered by religious differences the Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar. On the global stage, many developing countries from various continents – including Muslim-majority countries – are turning to Indonesia for inspiration on development programs and democratic transition. Admittedly, quite a few developing failed to develop and were unable to transform themselves into democratic societies.

Creating a better world through excellent graduate education and research on Islam and society in the Muslim world


The success of Indonesian Islam in keeping up with changing times was proven a long time ago. As the world’s Muslim society faced the necessity of modern countries during the ?irst half of the twentieth century, Indonesia quickly managed to navigate this stage. There was a disagreement whether it should be an Islamic or a secular country, but all groups ultimately agreed on the creation of a nation-state, and none of the Islamic groups issue with the ideology of nationalism.

This has resulted in a sustainable development, better positioning Indonesia in comparison to other Muslim countries. Indonesian Muslims today have again proven that the principles of plurality, openness, and tolerance can lead into one of the largest democratic nations.

This has not been an easy transformation and is quite rare in the context of the Islamic World, giving rise to the hope that Indonesia can share its experience with other nations. Indonesia is a concrete example where Islam, modernity and progress can go together and where religion can play a great role in the positive and transformative development of the society.


UIII and Islamic Higher Institution in Indonesia

Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
Indonesia has not established any institution that specifically works to collect, develop, and present the wealth of its Islamic civilization. Numerous Islamic centers have been established across the country, but their activities are mostly limited to conventional Quranic studies and charity activities.
UIII was founded under the mandate of Presidential Regulation Number 57 of 2016 on the Establishment of the Indonesian International Islamic University as a higher education institution with International standards, to be a leading Islamic higher education model in Islamic studies, social sciences, humanities, and technological sciences.
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
There are also quite a few Islamic study institutions researching actual issues, but published works that can help with Decision-making remain in short supply. These shortcomings reveal the need to establish an institution dedicated to strengthening Islamic civilization.
The Indonesian government wants a world-class Islamic university in Indonesia that not only explores Islamic studies, but also introduces to the world that Islamic civilization in Indonesia can also make a positive contribution in the discovery of knowledge and the preservation of world civilization.
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia
The founding of the Indonesian International Islamic University (IIIU) is a part of this effort to increase international academic community recognition of Islam’s role in Indonesia, and to turn the country into one of the world’s Islamic civilization centers through higher education that meets international standards and its various levels.