MAKHACHKALA, September 21 – RIA “Dagestan”. As part of the memorandum of cooperation in the field of higher education and science signed by the Dagestan State Technical University with the International Islamic University of Malaysia, the university was visited by a delegation of 25 Malaysian architecture students led by academic advisors Ihsan Muhammad and Azmir Muhammad. The news agency was informed about this by the press service of DSTU.

And about. DSTU Rector Nazim Balamirzoev told the guests about the university and its role in training personnel for the republic. He emphasized that one of the priority development programs of the university is the strengthening and development of international cooperation, including academic exchange of students. Today, more than 200 foreign students are studying at DSTU, including students from Malaysia.

“The university has created all the necessary conditions for their comfortable living and study. We are interested in the number of foreign students growing; besides, the students have an excellent opportunity to continue their studies in master’s and postgraduate studies. This practice already exists, and students are quite successfully engaged in scientific activities and find employment. At the same time, DSTU is a recognized leader in training personnel in the field of architecture and architectural design, and graduates of the faculty are sought-after specialists. In this regard, taking into account the rich scientific and practical experience of our universities, the planned cooperation will undoubtedly be useful and fruitful for both parties,” Balamirzoev said.

In turn, Vice-Rector for Scientific and Innovation Activities of DSTU Hamid Irzaev introduced the delegation from Malaysia to the scientific research and development of scientists from the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, who make a great contribution to the development of a comprehensive assessment of seismic risk, new building materials based on local raw materials, new types of heat-resistant concrete , in the creation of rigid three-layer structures for transporting heterogeneous media, in the restoration of historical objects of Dagestan on the basis of recreating binding mixtures and concretes identical to ancient materials for restoration work.

The scientific leader of the delegation, Azmir Muhammad, presented the International Islamic University of Malaysia, which is a major center of education and science in the country and enjoys high prestige in the Islamic world. The university celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The guest spoke about the purposes of the visit to Dagestan – collecting and preserving accurate information about the most ancient Islamic historical buildings, to which they include the Juma Mosque in the city of Derbent. As part of the expedition, a group of Malaysian students and architectural scientists will take measurements of the historical mosque building, video and photograph the object, and conduct historical research. Based on the results of this work, the group plans to prepare a report with design documentation and create a 3D model of the mosque.

Researchers at the Islamic University have already carried out similar work through inter-university cooperation with countries such as Iran, Egypt, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Turkey and Syria.

At the end of the round table, Malaysians were invited to familiarize themselves with the infrastructure of DSTU and the educational and scientific laboratories of the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering. They visited the scientific and educational center “Modern Building Materials and Structures”, examined modern testing equipment in the laboratories of the Department of Building Structures and Hydraulic Structures, and assessed paintings, graphics, and models of architectural solutions for various objects created by the hands of DSTU architecture students in the department’s exhibition hall. In an informal atmosphere, the guests talked with students and teachers of the department.


Heritage Studies are a fundamental component of the Year 3 curriculum for the Bachelor of Science (Architectural Studies) at the Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture & Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia. These courses aim to educate students on the methods used to document architectural heritage, while also introducing them to the rich history of Muslim civilization and conservation practices. The Heritage Studies program comprises two parts: BAAR 3201 Heritage Studies 1 in Semester 1, which focuses on fieldwork and studio activities, and BAAR 3204 Heritage Studies 2 in Semester 2, which emphasizes studio work and culminates in an exhibition. Throughout these courses, students engage in essential tasks such as researching, measuring, recording, and analysing the architectural aspects of selected buildings with significant Islamic heritage. This hands-on approach enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural significance of these structures.
The culmination of the Heritage Studies program is the BAAR 3204 Heritage Studies 2 exhibition, which serves as an opportunity to showcase the students’ work. This year, the Department of Architecture proudly presents the 23rd Architectural Heritage Studies Exhibition with the theme, ‘Theological Embarkment of the Islamic Religious Lifestyle through Architecture in the Malay Archipelago Settings,’ or ‘TERAS’. The exhibition will feature three remarkable heritage timber masjids: Masjid Tinggi Bagan Serai in Perak, Masjid Lama Kampung Tuan in Chukai, Terengganu, and Masjid Wadi Al-Hussein in Narathiwat, Thailand. These architectural gems represent the essence of Islamic religious lifestyle in the Malay Archipelago, and their display will provide valuable insights into their historical context and architectural significance.

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The International Conference “Sustainable Resilient Built Environments: Collaborate to Contribute” is a virtual conference organised by the Manipal School of Architecture and Planning in collaboration with Deakin University (Geelong, Australia), Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) University of Moratuwa and Auckland University Technology.  

This is the 2nd Conference in continuation of SRBE2020 held at KAED, IIUM from 4-6 February 2020 [Refer: ] . The initiation of SRBE was between Deakin University, Australia and IIUM. It was a collaboration to celebrate the ten years of MOU between IIUM and Deakin. For 2022, in keeping with the Conference’s overall theme, Sustainable Resilient Built Environments: Collaborate and Contribute, the Conference aims to address the long-term evolution of the built environment to explore the implications of changing conditions on the efficacy of different approaches to planning, design, operation, management, value, and governance towards improving quality of life and solving environmental issues to provide a clean and healthy environment. It brings professionals from industry, academics, research organisations and research scholars of similar interests on a common platform to share new ideas, experiences, and knowledge from the field of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Technology and Architecture. The outcome of this Conference is to improve research and theory building by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, ideas, latest trends, developments, and contemporary challenges.  

As such, the themes of the Conference are as follows:

  1. Environment Design and Sustainability
  2. Sustainable & Smart Buildings
  3. Community Resilience & Social Sustainability in the built environment
  4. Heritage and Sustainability
  5. Pandemic Issues on Sustainable Development
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