The Islamic University of al-Madinah in Saudi Arabia has sponsored 2,053 students from more than 130 countries to be enrolled in the new academic year in programs dedicated to values of moderate Islamic teachings and research.
The university, founded in 1961, has been enrolling 168 students born to expatriates working and living in the Kingdom.
“The application process is made online and can be accessed anywhere in the world,” Mohamed al-Aqla, the dean of the university said, quoted by Gulf News on Tuesday. However, “all applications listed are thoroughly reviewed by the admission committees,“ he added.
Potential candidates are provided with necessary scholarship aids based on their countries need of specific Islamic teachings. “ Once an applicant is admitted, he receives and email informing him about the admission and providing them with visas approvals and flights tickets” al-Aqla told Gulf News.
“ We want students to help promote the true message of Islam to the international community and spread its moderate culture all over the world” al-Aqla said. “ We want to attract international students and provide them the opportunity to revive as successful scholars within their societies and strengthen their scholarly research studies for their countries benefits,” he added.
The university is organized into five faculty divisions which are, the Faculty of Islamic law, the Faculty of Islamic preaching and theology, the Faculty of the Holy Quran and Islamic studies, the Faculty of Prophetic teachings (Hadith) and Islamic studies and the faculty of the Arabic language.