Islamic University College (IUCG)
The Islamic University College, Ghana is one of the private universities in Ghana. It is located at East Legon in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in 1988 as a training institute for Islamic Theology and named the Ahlul Bait Islamic School. This was under the sponsorship of the Ahlul Bait Foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was granted accreditation provisionally in 2001 and finally in 2002.
The Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) was established in September 2000 by Ahlul-Bait Foundation, a semi Non-Governmental Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Foundation was running a number of cultural, religious and educational Institutions in both Iran and several countries worldwide. The Foundation has been in Ghana since early 1980s and has undertaken a number of projects in Health, Agriculture and Education in support of some poor and deprived communities in the country.
The Ahlul-Bait Foundation decided to establish the Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) when the Ghana Government policy was changed in 1997 to allow for private participation in tertiary-education delivery, as a way of encouraging secular education (especially at the tertiary level) among Muslim and deprived or marginalised communities in Ghana. Land at the present campus (East Legon – Adjiringanor in Accra), which had been acquired earlier in 1995, was re-allocated for the establishment of the University to serve the West African sub-region.
The Foundation conceived the idea of a University College as far back as 1986 by opening an Islamic Training Institute in a rented apartment at Abelenkpe, Accra. The first batch of 15 students was admitted into the Institute to do a two-year course in Islamic Theology with the main objective being to enrich the Ghanaian Muslim Youth with high spiritual and moral standards. In 1988, the Institute was registered as the Ahlul Bait Islamic School. This was in pursuance of the desire to provide facilities for research into Islamic sciences for Muslim students and scholars from Ghana and the neighbouring countries.
The Islamic University College, Ghana was granted interim accreditation by the National Accreditation Board with effect from 2001. On 10th April 2001, 15 students were given admission to do a 4-year Bachelor of Arts programme in Religious Studies (Islamic option). In September the same year, a second batch of 42 students was admitted into the University College. In September 2002, accreditation was given for the University College to introduce a 4-year degree programme in Business Administration with specialisation in Accounting, Banking and Finance, and Marketing.
In the year 2007, the educational wing of the Ahlul-Bait Foundation was reconstituted, with the Iranian institutions merged into one University, Al-Mustafa International University (MIU), with its main campus in Qom, Iran. The MIU was given the responsibility of supervising the over-50 Universities and Seminaries in the other countries worldwide; IUCG in Ghana is one of such Universities.
The vision of the Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) is to become the leading provider of academic excellence and moral uprightness in tertiary education in Ghana.
The mission of the IUCG shall be to provide quality tertiary education to the youth, especially to the less-privileged communities; and to undertake research and disseminate knowledge in pursuit of academic and moral excellence for national development and for improving the quality of life for Ghanaians in particular and all Africans in general.
The educational philosophy of the Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) is based on the vision of the founders, and is aimed at inculcating into students the moral values of honesty, integrity, peaceful coexistence, fear of and trust in the Almighty God.
Imparting to the students the socially-desirable values of humility, care for the poor and needy, perseverance, and service to community and the nation. And to produce graduates who can apply creativity, critical thinking, innovative and problem-solving skills with the right temperament in addressing the socio-cultural and economic development aspirations of Ghana and the African continent, especially of the deprived and marginalized rural societies.
- BBA Accounting
- BBA Banking and Finance
- BBA Marketing
- BBA Human Resource Management
- BBA Management Information Systems
- BA Religious Studies (Islamic Studies)
- BA Communication Studies (Journalism)
- BA Communication Studies (Public Relations)
- BA Communication Studies (Advertisement)
- MPhil Islamic Studies
This is a highly research study master’s programme that equip students for doctorate study and future career success.