Dr. AbuSulayman was rector of IIUM for 10 years (1989-1999). During his tenure, the University grew from a humble Madrassa of high school standard to a world class university with 15,000 student enrollment on a new campus that is considered a landmark in functional modern Islamic architecture. The event was presided over by Dr. Sayed Sunusi Junid, President of IIUM and attended by Dr. Sayed Al-Arab Edad, Rector of IIUM and Professor Sano Koutoub, Deptuy Rector, IIUM. Over one hundred faculty, staff and old friends of Dr. AbuSulayman also attended.
As part of the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of IIUM, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Badawi, launched the celebration in a gathering attended by over 4,000 student, faculty and dignitaries.
On the evening of Tuesday May 20th, as part of the Silver Jubilee celebration, the Sultan of Pahang State, who is the constitutional Head of IIUM, hosted a dinner, an evening of cultural activities, attended by guests and faculty and senior staff of the University.