Halal is today among the fastest growing global businesses. Halal food has attracted the interest of non-Muslim consumers as well as due to its wholesome, hygienic and contamination-free principles in food production. Nowadays, the halal industry is not only confined to food but it is fast expanding, which now includes cosmetics, health supplements, pharmaceuticals, personal care and other consumer products as well as other services such as hospitality and logistics.
In response to the rapidly growing Halal industry development in Malaysia, the International Islamic University Malaysia, with its academic and research strength and conducive Islamic environment has established a special centre dedicated to Halal industry - “IIUM Halal Industry Research Centre”in July 2006. Prior to the birth of this centre, there were already pockets of activities related to Halal and Halal industry by academic staff from various Kulliyyahs. But with
HIRCen, Halal activities at IIUM become more focus and better coordinated with the Research Management Centre becoming the monitoring body. HIRCen was to play a crucial coordinating role for IIUM’s contribution in positioning and developing Malaysia as the hub for Halal products and services as well as other interested organizations or countries, to become a key Halal products and services player
The university authority envisioned that IIUM could and should play a greater role in strengthening the research and training component of the halal industry. As such, HIRcen needs a new facelift and to broaden its scope to include long term education in Halal.
INHART is a centre of excellence at the university level and is expected to be recognized as one of the Higher Institutions’ Centres of Excellence (HICoE) at the national level in the near future.