Under the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -ISESCO- the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) was created upon the recommendation of the OIC Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation. In 30/11-1/12/1987 the Constitutive Conference of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World was held in Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco. The federation’s statute stipulates that its permanent headquarters shall be within ISESCO’s General Directorate.
FUIW is an independent legal entity made up of national universities in the Islamic World, whether public or private. Its connection with ISESCO is in line with the organization’s objectives set out in the Charter. By virtue of being the international Islamic organization specialized in education, science and culture, the federation manages educational matters in general in theory, planning or coordination, in the Muslim World.
The objectives of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World include the following
- Enhancing scientific research in all fields, publishing its findings, and linking them with the developmental and civilizational requirements of the Islamic Ummah
- Developing higher education to address the needs of Muslim societies and take advantage of scientific and technological developments in line with the Islamic Ummah's civilizational constants
- Furthering cooperation in such a way as to enhance the exchange of experiences, studies, programmes and visits in the fields of education, science, culture, and technology
- Encouraging the teaching of the language of the Holy Quran and the Islamic culture in member universities
- Supporting the efforts of higher education institutions to address current issues and cement the values of understanding, coexistence and, peace among the peoples of the Islamic Ummah and the world as a whole
- Enhancing member universities' knowledge and human capacities
- Foster the Islamic heritage by publicizing, translating and validating it, and shedding light on the contribution of its scholars to the building of human civilization