Alauddin State Islamic University (UIN Alauddin) is a state university in Makasar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. UIN Alauddin’s precursor, Islamic Institute Alauddin, was established in 1965 to help Muslim people holistically integrate Islam into their lives. In 2005 the institute was granted university status and a new name, after Alauddin, the first Gowa king to make Islam his sultanate’s official religion. Today UIN Alauddin’s goal is the integration of Islamic and secular knowledge in academia and society.
Teaching at UIN Alauddin covers a range of Islamic and secular subjects. In all programs, students are supported by Islamic Studies lecturers to explore their subject’s relationship with Islam. UIN Alauddin curricula are based on the needs of the community, and a close relationship with industry. The Community-Based Research centre works to promote well-being in the Makassar area. The centre works with local communities to research and educate on issues like clean water solutions and recycling.
Internationally, UIN Alauddin has collaborated with universities in Malaysia, such as UKM and UUM, and conducted seminars in collaboration with Thailand and Malaysia. UIN Alauddin is one of only two Indonesian universities to work on the Supporting Islamic Leadership in Indonesia program (SILE), run by the Canadian International Development Agency. Through SILE, UIN Alauddin lecturers play an important role in integrating Islamic values with democracy and good governance in Indonesia.
With student numbers growing every year, UIN Alauddin is anticipating a modernised campus in the near future, and years of expansion.