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ImamU Vision
Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University is a global model of teaching, learning, and research excellence; and community service based on the genuine Islamic teachings and values.
Imamu Mission
Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University nurtures the knowledge, creativity and moral values of male and female students to acquire the leadership skills and serve their home country through providing activities of high quality learning, teaching, scientific research, and community service. Guided by its Islamic traditions and values, the University integrates commitment to Islamic principles with academic and research excellence, in addition to international communication and knowledge exchange in order to participate in producing and disseminating knowledge in accordance with national and international quality standards.
ImamU Objectives

1. Creating a firmly coherent community in the university, revolving around a culture of distinction.

2. Providing a modern and energetic academical structure aiming to enable the academical programs to meet the needs of the community and labor marketplace, as well as applying the most effective educating and learning methods and techniques.

3. Developing and creating a well-handled research culture and research institutional environment for faculty staff members and students of the university, and enhancing the quality of research facilities and infrastructure, as well as generating an active cooperation between the academic programs and academical research in all fields and building bridges of collaboration locally and internationally.

4. Establishing a distinguished brand for Al-Imam University, inspired by its strengths and contributions to the Saudi community and the world.

5. Expanding the organizational hierarchy to accommodate the university’s capacity, its academic disciplines, and employment.

6. Pioneering in the field of active application of Information Technology for the academic research, education, and administrative organization purposes.

7. Maintaining an effective, remunerative and moral, incentives program and a supportive platform for faculty staff members to achieve distinction in teaching and academic research.

8. Assisting students in the academic achievements, and sharpening their whole set of social skills, and preparing them for the transition to practical life after graduation.

9. Providing the same level of quality of educating and services in the female students’ campus by allocating sufficient resources to it and developing a more efficient administrative structure.

10. Proactively improves the university’s resilience to easily innovate and adapt to changing circumstances and students’ needs, while ensuring accountability.
Establishment & History:
Teaching Sharia knowledge prevailed most regions in Saudi Arabia before opening up government-run schools and Sharia institutes. Teaching has conducted at mosques and houses of ulmea (scholars), who taught many judges. His eminence Sheikh Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh – May Allah show mercy to him - and his brothers played a major role in disseminating knowledge of Sharia in Riyadh and the neighboring areas.

With the start of the overall Sharia knowledge rise in 1370 H (1949 G) and thanks to turnout by the youth to learn Sharia knowledge, the administration-led King Abdulaziz - May Allah show mercy to him - opened up Riyadh Sharia Institute. The by-then king assigned Sheikh Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, the by-then mufti of Saudi Arabia, to run the institute. It was the first foundation of Sharia institutes in various regions of the kingdom.

In 1951, college of Sharia was open in Riyadh, and in 1952, the college of Arabic language was also open. Then, a series of Sharia institutes was open under the umbrella of the General Presidency of Sharia Colleges and Institutes.

On September 10th 1974, a royal decree No. 50/m - based upon the cabinet resolution No. 1100 on September 4th 1974 - was issued to approve of the policy of Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University. As such, it deemed a higher academic institution, comprising the higher institutes, colleges, and Sharia institutes in Saudi Arabia.

Since the university was established, it has been enlarging continually. It comprises 11 colleges, five of which are in Riyadh and six are out of Riyadh in regions of Al-Qassim, Al-Ehsa, and Medina, in addition to the southern region. Also, it comprises two institutes in Riyadh: one for Jurisdiction and one for teaching Arabic language for non-Arabic native speakers. It comprises six institutes abroad for teaching Islamic, Arab knowledge in Ras Al-Khaima, UAE, Mauritania, Djibouti, Indonesia, USA, and Japan, in addition to sixty Sharia institutes kingdom-wide.

Thanks to the grand expansion of the university, the second five-year plan was approved of to establish a university city. The project site was selected to be north of Riyadh city. Late King Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, laid down the foundation stone of the project on January 5, 1982 G. The university has been carrying it out.

The following phases have already been executed:
1. The first phase: Student housing area.
2. The second phase: the first part of academic area.
3. The third phase: first part of services.
4. The fourth phase: the medical center and the sport area.
5. The fifth phase: the first part of faculty member housing area.

Everything has shifted to the University Campus in the beginning of academic year 1411 H (1990 G). The shift affected positively and largely the academic process on campus. The jump brought up qualitative and quantitative results on campus, institutes, supporting deanships, and other units.