History of Establishment

History of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) started as Kolej Ugama Sultan Zainal Abidin (KUSZA). KUSZA commenced operation on 1st January 1980 at Batu Burok before moving to Hajah Wook Building in Pulau Kambing in 1981.

KUSZA was upgraded to a university status and became Universiti Darul Iman (UDM). UDM underwent a rebranding process on 14th May 2010 and became known as Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA). The name of the late Sultan Zainal Abidin III Muazzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Muazzam Shah II, Sultan The 11th Terengganu is adopted to honor the services of His Majesty in spreading knowledge and religion in the state of Terengganu.

On 29th November 2013, a new UniSZA logo was introduced. UniSZA currently operates in three campuses, namely the Gong Badak Campus (Kuala Nerus) as the main campus, Medical Campus (Kuala Terengganu), and Besut Campus, as well as operating a satellite office in Putrajaya.

Leadership - KUSZA-UDM-UniSZA

Dr. Wan Shamsuddin bin Wan Mamat

Director of KUSZA

13th July 1981 - 19th March 1987

Prof. Dr. Hamid bin Abdullah

Director of KUSZA

1st Nov 1987 - 31st Dec 1990

Dato' Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim bin Shukri

Director of KUSZA

1st May 1991 - 31st Dec 1997

Ustaz Che Ismail bin Abdul Halim

Director of KUSZA

1st June 1998 - 31st July 2002

Prof. Madya Dr. Amat @ Anwar bin Zainal Abidin

Director of KUSZA

1st Sep 2002 - 26th Mar 2004

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Shukri bin Yazid

Director of KUSZA

2004 - 2005

Dato Prof. Dr. Alias bin Daud

Vice Chancellor of UDM and UniSZA

1st Jan 2006 - 31st Dec 2012

Prof. Datuk Dr. Yahaya bin Ibrahim

Prof. Datuk Dr. Yahaya bin Ibrahim Vice Chancellor of UniSZA

1st Jan 2013 - 31st Dec 2015

Prof. Dato' Dr. Ahmad Zubaidi bin A. Latif

Vice Chancellor of UniSZA

1st Feb 2016 - 31st Jan 2019

Prof. Dato' Dr. Hassan Basri bin Awang Mat Dahan

Vice Chancellor of UniSZA

1st Feb 2019 - 2022

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Fadzli bin Adam

Vice Chancellor of UniSZA

1 Mar 2022 - Current