The continuous change in the higher education landscape has forced universities to respond with a diverse model of university to make themselves relevant. Despite a more demanding need for a contextualised model, the predominant force of neoliberalism still significantly influences and shapes the outcome. Against this trend, IIUM has embarked on a journey to showcase a Malaysian model of university that addresses Sustainable Development issues in a holistic manner, taking the whole institutional transformation (WIT) process as its approach. This WIT model hopes to change the university ecosystem by pushing the university agenda to systemically and systematically serve the community, together with other stakeholders - government agencies and industries/business players.
Towards implementing the WIT, IIUM has outlined two clusters of change initiatives - structural change to break the institutional silos (holacracy), knowledge management change to bridge inter-faculties interaction towards generating and disseminating new knowledge for sustainability (shared platform). This WIT approach, through the two initiatives, is aiming at making IIUM a multidimensional enterprise that draws on the full range of human capacities for learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together - in the spirit of making W-hole I-nstitution T-Transformation for H-umanising U-niversity, Making A Novelty - WIT for HUMAN