Rector’s Message

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    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبيآء والمرسلين وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين، أما بعد

    أهلا وسهلا ومرحبا بكم

    Welcome to the official portal of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (

    Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali - better known as UNISSA - is a "pure Islamic University" of international standard that offers a variety of programs across disciplines based on Al-Quran and al-Sunnah. Established in 2007, it attests to the commitment of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in upholding Islam through education, in this blessed land of Brunei Darussalam and towards the development of the ummah in general.

    As the second state university, UNISSA strives to produce Muslim scholars and intellectuals who contribute to the development of the ummah and the state, in support of the efforts of Brunei Darussalam towards becoming a Zikir nation with continuous blessings from Allah.

    The increase in enrollment of local and international students in UNISSA shows that UNISSA is becoming a top choice for students who wish to continue their studies in various fields of study which has Islam as its core. This is an encouraging development and UNISSA continues to welcome more local and international students in the near future.

    In an effort to improve its academic quality, UNISSA continuously strives to ensure that its programs and courses meet international standards and the current needs. As such, UNISSA works closely with international universities, particularly those which offer Islamic studies. In addition, UNISSA will attain international recognition through these strategic, bilateral relations with the universities which themselves have gained international recognition.

    In terms of academic staff quality, international experts and academics from 14 countries composed 45% of the academic staff of UNISSA. UNISSA is optimistic that the recent introduction of Skim Perkhidmatan Tenaga Akademik (SPTA) or Academic Staff Scheme of Service for Higher Education Institutions will encourage international experts and academics to serve in UNISSA, in addition to stimulating high quality of teaching and research of local academics.

    At present, UNISSA is situated at a temporary campus in the city center. In the next few years, In sha Allah, UNISSA will have its permanent campus in Temburong District with an area of 400 hectares (988.400 acres). This encouraging development will set UNISSA even further in its efforts towards contributing to the glory of our religion, the ummah and the state.

    On a final note, please feel welcomed to get acquainted with UNISSA through this informative portal. Should you require any further information, UNISSA would be happy to assist you.

    والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


    Dr Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal

    Rector of UNISSA