Charter of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World


General Principles

Article 1 : Name and definition

  • Name : The Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. It is hereinafter referred to as the Federation (FUIW).
  • Definition : The Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World is a body working within the framework of ISESCO, and specializing in promoting higher education and furthering cooperation, coordination and partnership among its institutions.

Article 2 : Headquarters

The Federation shall have its headquarters in ISESCO.

Article 3 : Languages

The working languages of the Federation shall be Arabic, English and French. The three languages shall be equally valid for the interpretation of this Charter. In case of contention, the interpretation supported by two of the three languages, one of which being Arabic, shall prevail. In case this condition is not fulfilled, the original text shall prevail.

Article 4 : Objectives

  • Enhancing the level of scientific researches in all fields, exchanging their findings, and linking them with the developmental and civilizational requirements of the Islamic Ummah;
  • Upgrading and developing higher education to address the needs of Muslim societies and benefit by the scientific and technological new 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;
  • Stepping up the efforts of higher education institutions to address the current issues and entrench the values of understanding, coexistence and peace among the peoples of the Islamic Ummah and the world as a whole;
  • Upgrading Member Universities' knowledge and human capacities;
  • Caring for the Islamic heritage by publicizing, translating and authenticating it, and shedding light on the contribution of its scholars to human civilizational building.

Article 5 : Means

  • Preparing studies, documents and reference guides to promote university education;
  • Working towards the creation of specialized universities or institutions;
  • Assessing universities' performance to upgrade their quality and accreditation standards;
  • Helping find scholarships for the students of Member Universities;
  • Holding sessions, symposia and workshops for continuous training in Member Universities.



Article 6 : Membership

  • Membership in the Federation shall be open to all national universities and similar higher education institutions inside or outside the Islamic world, which are eligible for membership.
  • The Executive Council shall consider the applications for membership, take the appropriate decisions regarding these applications and submit them to the General Conference for adoption.
  • All members shall enjoy the same rights, and shall have the same obligations.
  • The Member Universities pledge to work for the achievement of the Federation's objectives and to settle their financial contributions.
  • The Executive Council shall be entitled to decide to suspend the membership of a member that fails to honour its commitment, including the financial obligations. The Council's decision shall be subject to endorsement by the General Conference.

Eligibility for membership :

The university or similar higher institutions applying for membership in the Federation must fulfil the following conditions :
  • To be recognized, along with the degrees they award, by the higher education authorities of the country in which they operate.
  • The students applying for enrolment therein must hold the General Certificate of Education (GCE), or its equivalent, and those applying for enrolment in higher studies therein must hold the first university degree, or its equivalent.
  • The term of study therein must correspond to the university term of study recognized worldwide. (4 years of study, or 120 credit hours or their equivalent)
  • One class at least must have graduated from the applicant institution after its inception.

Article 7 : Immunities

The Federation, its officials, personnel, premises, offices, documents and mail shall enjoy the protection, immunities and privileges enjoyed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference as well as those stipulated by the Headquarters Agreement signed between the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -ISESCO- and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.


Organs of the Federation

Article 8 :

The Federation is made up of the following :
  • The General Conference.
  • The Executive Council.
  • The General Secretariat.

The General Conference

Article 9 :

  • The General Conference shall be made up of the Vice-Chancellors, rectors and presidents of Universities and similar higher education institutions, or their substitutes.
  • Composition of the Conference Bureau :
    The General Conference shall elect, in each session, its President, three Vice-Presidents, one Rapporteur and the Chairmen of the Conference Committees, who, in addition to the Chairman of the Executive Council, shall all constitute the General Conference Bureau.
  • Resolutions :
    Each member shall be entitled to one vote only. Resolutions shall be adopted by a simple majority of attending and voting members, subject to Article 18 of the Charter.
  • Meetings of the General Conference :
    The General Conference shall meet in a regular session once every three years. It may meet in a special session in accordance with the :
    - resolution of the General Conference;
    - request by the Executive Council;
    - request by one-third of the Member Universities;
    - request by the Federation's Secretary General, supported with the approval of at least thirty Members.
  • Attendance of the Conference :
    The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperations, or his representative, shall have the right to attend the General Conference. The institutions emanating from the Organization of the Islamic Cooperations, parallel federations and institutions may be allowed to attend the meetings of the General Conference, as Observers.

Functions of the Conference

Article 10

The General Conference shall be empowered to :
  • Lay down the Federation's general policy;
  • Adopt the Federation's action plans, programmes, provisional budget and the projects of their implementation;
  • Discuss the reports and proposals put forward by Member Universities as well as the recommendations issued by the Executive Council and take appropriate action thereon;
  • Adopt the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference;
  • Amend and adopt the internal rules of procedure of the Conference as well as the Financial Regulations of the Federation and its Personnel Regulations. The General Conference shall take into account the application of the texts of the regulations in force at the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference;
  • Consider all issues which do not fall within the competence of any other organ of the Federation;
  • Determine the relations of the Federation with the Islamic, Arab and international organizations, the parallel federations as well as the specialized agencies, governmental and non-governmental, in accordance with the provisions of the bilateral agreements concluded to this effect;
  • Discuss and adopt the draft budget and programmes as well as the closing account of the Federation;
  • Set up ad-hoc committees to carry out specific studies;
  • Endorse the appointment of the Secretary General of the Federation at the first session after his nomination as Director General of the Islamic Organization (ISESCO), in accordance with the provisions of Article 12, paragraph (b) of the Charter;
  • Elect the members of the Executive Council of the Federation.

The Executive Council

Article 11 :

A- Composition of the Council :
  • The Executive Council shall be made up of fifteen members proposed by their universities and elected by the General Conference for three years, taking into consideration geographical distribution and the regular payment of their universities' contributions, at least for the last three years before their election.
  • The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperations, or his representative, shall have the right to attend the meetings of the Executive Council.
  • The President of the General Conference may attend the meetings of the Executive Council.
  • The Secretary General of the Federation, or his representative, shall attend the meetings of the Council. The Secretary General shall also invite his assistants and representatives of the external bodies of the Federation to attend these meetings in order to provide explanations in connection with their fields of competence.
  • The Council shall elect its Chairman and three Vice-Chairmen and a Rapporteur.
  • The Executive Council shall meet, in a regular session, once a year in a place and time decided upon in the previous meeting.
B- Functions of the Council :
The Council shall :
  • Draw up the Federation's internal regulations except those falling under the competence of the General Conference;
  • Prepare the draft agenda of the General Conference meetings in accordance with the proposal of the Secretary General, discuss the Federation's work and budget estimates and submit the relevant recommendations to the General Conference;
  • Take all necessary measures, according to the decisions of the General Conference, to ensure effective implementation by the Secretary General of the Federation's programmes;
  • Lay down the Rules of Procedure of the Executive Council and its functions;
  • Consider applications for membership in the Federation and submit them to the General Conference for action;
  • Examine the Federation's budget and closing accounts;
  • Accept gifts and donations so long as they are not incompatible with the objectives of the Federation;
  • Consider the proposal of members with respect to the amendment of the Federation's Statute provided that the proposals be submitted two months prior to the Council meeting.

The General Secretariat

Article 12 :

  • The General Secretariat shall be made up of a Secretary General assisted by an administrative and technical setup in accordance with an organization chart proposed by the Secretary General and adopted by the Executive Council.
  • The General Secretariat shall be headed by a Secretary General, whose election is endorsed by the General Conference for a three-year renewable term. The Director General of the Islamic Organization (ISESCO) shall assume ex-officio the tasks of the Secretary General of the Federation.
  • The Secretary General shall be the head of the administrative setup of the Federation and shall be accountable to the Executive Council and the General Conference. He shall have direct authority over the entire staff of the General Secretariat.
  • In case of vacancy of the office of the Secretary General as a result of resignation, disablement or any other reason, the normal running of the General Secretariat and follow up to the implementation of programmes shall be entrusted to the senior officer in the Secretariat until a new Director General of the Islamic Organization (ISESCO) is elected.

Functions of the General Secretariat :

The General Secretariat shall assume the following functions:
  • Prepare the documents for the meetings of the General Conference and the Executive Council, and supervise the organization of these meetings;
  • Prepare the Federation's draft programmes and budget, draft financial and administrative internal regulations and submit them to the Executive Council and the General Conference;
  • Implement the Federation's activities and follow up the implementation of the decisions of the General Conference and Executive Council;
  • Coordinate with the parallel institutions to present the activities of the Federation and highlight its role in the sustainable development of the Islamic world.


Financial Matters

Article 13 : The Budget

  • The budget shall be prepared for three years and implemented each year starting from January 1st to the end of December of the same year. It shall be implemented after its adoption by the General Conference, in accordance with the Federation's Financial Regulations.
  • The Secretary General shall prepare an annual report on the budget and the closing account, to be submitted to the Executive Council session following the Council session coming after the closing of the financial year. The report on the financial year shall include the Secretary General's proposals concerning budget implementation as well as his observations on the closing account.

Article 14 : Resources

The resources of the Federation shall include :
  • Subscription fees and contributions of Member Universities, in addition to revenues from the Federation's publications. The General Conference shall set up the amount of subscription fees and contributions.
  • Resources secured from cooperation agreements concluded between the Federation and other parties.
  • Subsidies, donations and endowments (waqf) provided by the Islamic Organization (ISESCO), Member Universities, non- Member Universities, institutions, individuals or any other resources.

Article 15 : Expenditures

The expenditures of the Federation shall be incurred for such purposes as the following :
  • Commitments resulting from previous contracts, resolutions or programmes of a binding nature for the Federation.
  • Subsidies and assistance to institutions and organizations under its supervision.
  • Commitments resulting from projects undertaken jointly with governmental or non-governmental partners.
  • Obligations towards permanent and commissioned staff.

Article 16 : The Accounts

The Secretary General shall prepare, under the supervision of the Executive Council, the closing account and submit it to the regular session of the General Conference.

Article 17 :

The financial services of the Islamic Organization (ISESCO) shall manage the Federation's finances according to ISESCO's regulations, provided it does not contradict FUIW's regulations.


General Provisions

Article 18 : Amendments

  • The amendments proposed to this Charter shall become effective as soon as they are approved by a two-thirds majority of the General Conference.
  • The General Conference shall have the right to adopt, through a two-thirds majority vote, the necessary regulations for the enforcement of the provisions of this Article.

Article 19 :

This Charter shall be kept in the archives of the General Directorate of the Islamic Organization (ISESCO).

Article 20 : Arbitration

Any contention or dispute on the interpretation of this Charter shall be referred to an Islamic arbitration committee to be set up by the General Conference, upon recommendation of the Executive Council.