Islam urges the quest of knowledge for society to advance, and the Albukhary Foundation heeds this wise counsel.

Initially, it aligned its activities to realise the government’s poverty eradication agenda, with education is the key enabler – it enables the poor to become more employable and as a result rise above their station in life. Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Foundation conducted remedial classes for poor underachievers in rural Malaysia under the Albukhary Tuition Programme.

For high achievers without the means to pursue tertiary education, it launched the Albukhary scholarship in 2005. Today, most Albukhary scholars are students of the custom-built Albukhary International University (AIU).

The Foundation regularly makes substantial contributions to the building funds of several universities. Among the beneficiaries are Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Wawasan Open University and the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology University. It also makes regular endowments to several institutions of higher learning, both in Malaysia and overseas.


Some of the poorest communities on earth are traumatised by the lack of leadership. This has been a stumbling block to progress especially in some Muslim countries. The Albukhary Scholarship Programme envisages filling this vacuum by grooming a corps of responsible future leaders with the knowledge, confidence and propensity to shape the socio-economic development of their respective countries.

The Albukhary Scholarship Programme is premised on the belief that a good tertiary education is central to leadership development. In 2005, the programme, was launched with full scholarships awarded to top performing high school students.

As at 2011, there were about 800 Albukhary scholars from 50 countries, from as far away as Tanzania to neighbouring ASEAN nations. More than 70 per cent of the scholars are from overseas, with the rest comprising Malaysians. Collectively, they form an international community of undergraduates, 90 per cent of whom are Muslims and the rest non-Muslims.

The scholarship is for practical courses that directly contribute to socio-economic development of poor nations. Scholars are also encouraged to engage in intellectual discourse, socio-cultural exchanges, knowledge-sharing and be active in sports and recreational activities. Voluntary service is stressed as part of leadership development, and is part of the curriculum of the Albukhary International University.

Since it was launched in 2005, the Albukhary Scholarship Programme has sponsored about 800 students from 50 countries. Initially, they attended Malaysian public universities. From November 2010, Albukhary scholars were admitted to Albukhary International University that was custom-built for them.


Name : Md Shahad Ali
Country of Origin : Bangladesh
Course : Economics
Award :
International Islamic University Malaysia Rector’s Academic Excellence Award 2007; Active Tutor Award 2006; and a string of debating and public speaking awards, and publications

Md Shahad Ali hails from a large family of eight children, most of them married and with their own children. His mother is a widow, and Shahad’s primary influence is his brother Zamat, who encouraged him to study, spending almost his entire monthly income of RM800 on his younger brother’s education.

Fortunately, Shahad proved to be a bright and able student from Day 1. From nursery school to university in Bangladesh, he studied on a scholarship and initially was not successful in securing financial assistance to pursue his education. By chance, he applied for the Albukhary scholarship and it saved the day!

This top student wants to nurture his leadership potential through co-curricular activities. Every semester he teaches 180 students for almost 30 hours. He has also published two handbooks that are being used as text books. Another book is on the way. A debater, he has participated in national and international debating championships and attended international conferences on diverse issues.
The final year international economics major believes that the key to the advancement of the ummah lies in mastering resource management of a country’s economy and international trade. He has set his sights on doing just that to ‘change the world’

Name : Syed Suhaib Hasan
Country of Origin : Indian-occupied Kashmir
Course : Computer Engineering
Award :
Best speaker at the International Debating Championship 2007, Vancouver, Canada; member of the winning team

Syed Suhaib loves a good argument. Back home in Kashmir, he took part in debates only to discover later on they were more of discussions rather than team-based competitive verbal ripostes, with rules and procedures. At university, this Albukhary scholar proved himself a fast learner and became a top debater.

In 2006, Syed Suhaib led his team to win the regional Australasian Inter-varsity Debating Championship and qualified for the International Inter-varsity Championship in Vancouver, Canada in 2007. His team won the debate and he was voted the best speaker.

The young Kashmiri computer engineering undergraduate comes from an extended family of 14 that includes a family of seven cousins who are special children. His father is the sole breadwinner and as the eldest son, Syed Suhaib acknowledges his responsibility to look after the family when he returns.

Name : Alik Yandiev
Country of Origin : Ingushetiya, Russia
Course : Economics
Award :
University chess championship

Alik Yandiev was the president of the Albukhary Scholars Association. Consistently a top student in school, he also excels in sports. He was school champion arm wrestler and footballer, and state chess champion in Russia. Chess was a family pastime, encouraged by his father as a means to develop the mind. The final year economics student became a chess champion at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Alik is fired by the zeal to study to shape a better future for himself and his family, refugees from war-torn Ossetia who escaped to Ingushetiya, Russia. More than 44 members of his family are still missing or have been killed in the war. The youngest of a family of nine, he and his elder brother are the only ones fortunate enough to have a college education; the studies of the other children were interrupted by war.

His father is dead, and his widowed mother continues to motivate and inspire him. “I cried with joy when I learnt that my son was awarded the Albukhary scholarship,” says Lyuba Yandiev. “I am a housewife, and my husband has passed away. We don’t have relatives or friends who can provide the financial assistance for Alik to study at university. The Albukhary scholarship is really a godsend.”

Alik holds dear the wisdom of his mother’s advice, as he follows his dream of becoming the beacon of hope for his family and community in the not too distant future.

Name : Amir Tochiev
Country of Origin : Ingushetiya, Russia
Course : Economics
Award :
University silat champion

Amir has proven his flair for the martial arts. The former judo champion from Ingushetiya took up silat, the Malay martial art when he came to study in Malaysia. By the end of his first semester, he had bagged five gold medals.

Amir owes his success to his father, Ababukar Khalitovich, a retired policeman who urged his children to “use your mind and your abilities and you can be assured of success.”

Amir wished for a good English-based tertiary education, and the Albukhary scholarship made this wish come true.
The young Russian has also demonstrated a flair for languages. Starting from scratch, he picked up the English language, a prerequisite at the university where he is studying Economics. He is now keen to learn Malay, Arabic and Mandarin. For him, the scholarship has opened several doors to learning – academic, social and religious. It is a journey of personal development enriched by the multi-cultural environment of Malaysia


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The Albukhary Tuition Programme is a nationwide free tuition programme to help underachieving Malaysian secondary students pass their final year high school examination. Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the programme ran from 2001 to 2009. It resulted in a network of 200 tuition centres that conducted remedial classes more than 80,000 students from 500 schools across the country. They taught English, mathematics and science lessons to poor rural students classified by their teachers as ‘borderline’ or ‘underachievers’. From the start, the programme has been an unparalleled success, achieving examination scores well above the national average. It has given students once considered failures the opportunity to realise their potential. Some scored distinctions while credits have become the norm among tuition students.



The Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture established the National Heritage department in March 2006 under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645). The department undertakes research, conservation and enforcement to ensure compliance with the Heritage Act. Responsible for establishing and maintaining the National Heritage Register, the department’s functions include documentation, development and international recognition of Malaysia’s national heritage.

To ensure continuous conservation, the department launched a Heritage Fund, and the Albukhary Foundation is one of the key contributors to this fund.


With just a year and a half to complete her medical studies at the University College Dublin in Ireland, Shaaira Nasir found herself on the verge of aborting her studies because her family ran into financial difficulty. She was left stranded without the means to make ends meet overseas. Desperate, she approached the Malaysian Embassy in Ireland, which alerted the Albukhary Foundation of her plight. The foundation stepped in so she could graduate and return to serve the people of Malaysia.


Albukhary Foundation contributed RM25 million towards the construction of the tower block of the university’s main campus in Penang. Wawasan Open University is Malaysia’s first private non-profit distance learning institution for working adults who have not had the opportunity to pursue tertiary education.


The foundation provided financial assistance for the construction of another university: the permanent campus of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Kampar, Perak. UTAR as an international university with a population of local and international students and academic staff. This goal is in tandem with the government’s vision to establish Malaysia as a regional hub of educational excellence.


Health & Welfare

Syed Mokhtar Albukhary was honoured as the Man of the Year 2008 by the King of Malaysia, His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-
Muktafi Billah Shah. The award was given in recognition for his contributions to society.


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