International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) has embarked on a journey of making change and creating impact for sustainability through its Whole Institution Transformation (WIT) with the strategic mission of humanising education through Sustainable Development Goals and Maqasid Shariah (Basic Human Needs of Existence) since 2018.
Institutional change for sustainability requires a well-designed and effectively coordinated initiative especially for a university with a 30 000 community. With the determination to make a difference in the education process, after Covid-19 pandemic, the top management of the university decided to establish a new centre that will champion the transition and transformation process towards sustainable development and mainstream the agenda to the whole IIUM community – Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity (SC4SH).
The Centre was established on 25th February 2019 and deliberately put under the purview of Office of Executive Director Development and Planning – a strategic position to influence change and making impact towards sustainability by integrating both physical and human development aspects of the university.
Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity (SC4SH) is established to champion the university’s Whole Institution Transformation (WIT) with the strategic mission of humanising education through Sustainable Development Goals and Maqasid Shariah (Basic Human Needs of Existence) since 2018, endorsed as a Centre of Studies by the Board of Governance in their Meeting No 61 effective 1st September 2021.
The centre’s scopes of Sejahtera, Sustainability, and Humanity are translated operationally into five main functions: Education for Sustainable Development, Sejahtera Neighbourhood (RCE Greater Gombak), Sustainable Campus, the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies (Anticipation for Sustainability and Wellbeing), and Community Engagement.
SC4SH aspires to continue ‘Bridging University and Community for Rahmatan lil Alamin’, realising the concept of Communiversity where the university and community work together through experiential learning, responsible research, and community empowerment, enabling IIUM in leading the Whole Community Transformation (WCT) through Spirituality and Sejahtera.