About us



International Open University (IOU) started its journey utilizing the Internet and advanced open source online learning technology with the mission of changing the Muslim nation and the world situation through appropriate education in April 2007.

In 2010, after 3 years of planning, development and testing, IOU launched the world’s first tuition-free, online Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BAIS) program bringing university level Islamic education within reach of anyone on the planet who has access to a computer and the Internet at virtually no cost in comparison with traditional universities.

At the end of Fall 2013, the first batch of BAIS students graduated after 4 years of intensive studies in various Islamic and worldly sciences. With their graduation, the IOU Alumni Association was founded.

The International Open University is not an institution that focuses on worldly gain, because this world was never created for it. Being an institution that follows the Qur’an and the Sunnah, IOU believes that whatever the students learn needs to be a life changing experience, not limited to only academic studies. Hence, the goal of the International Open University is to teach practical knowledge that will be beneficial to IOU students and their communities in both worlds.

The International Open University strives to help their graduates understand that they should implement whatever they have learnt at IOU in order to change this world and find an excellent compensation in the hereafter. Thus, the University aims to do all it can not only to facilitate the preservation of the relationships that were developed at the University, but also to provide a platform for the graduates to fulfill their religious obligations and serve the Muslim community.

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Dr Bilal Philips

Salaam alaykum IOU Alumni, I warmly and formally welcome you to create the IOU Alumni Association, your association, where together you can begin to make tangible contributions to the continued growth of the International Open University as it seeks to fulfill its noble goal of changing the Muslim nation through education. It is my hope that this association will also be the beginning of a coordinated effort by IOU graduates to help those following them and to open new avenues of Islamic work and projects beneficial to the Muslim...

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IOU Alumni Boards

IOU Alumni Association is administrated by the International and Regional IOU Alumni Boards.

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The purpose of the IOU Alumni Association is to establish and maintain Islamic brotherhood among the alumni members; to build mutually helpful relationships between them and the IOU; to unite all alumni in support of the University; and to encourage Islamic education through ties to the University. In the coming years, the IOU Alumni Association will aim to strengthen the global association and form regional associations that will help IOU to fulfill its mission of changing the nation and the world situation through appropriate education until the Last Day.


Ways You Can Help IOU

  • Join the IOU Alumni Association
  • Be active in the IOU Alumni Association programs and support IOU.
  • Give IOU Alumni Association membership to your family members & encourage them to get involved.
  • Represent IOU at events and help with student recruitment.
  • Donate generously to IOU
  • Make sure that IOU admission materials are available to students in your high school.
  • Become active in fundraisers that provide needed scholarships and funding for IOU projects.
  • Tell us about job opportunities and internships for IOU students and alumni that exist in your company, community, country or city.
  • Suggest ways to help IOU. Email your ideas to: info@iou.edu.gm
  • Communicate with IOU to learn how you can help. Email us at: info@iou.edu.gm