UNISSULA as a leading Islamic University has announced a philosophical tagline for in its existance in education namely “Bismillah, membangun generasi khaira ummah“ or “In the name of Allah, raising the generation of the best people”. The tagline is inspired by the Holy Qur’an Surah Ali Imran verse 110 as saying “You are the best nation produced (as an example) for mankind, you enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.”
Islamic Academic Culture – better known as BUDAI which stands for Budaya Akademik Islami was then declared for the first time on August 18th, 2005 and adopted as educational strategies to implement and achieve the values of generation of the best people. The strategies include ruhiyah reinforcement covering iman (belief), worship and morals implemented in the form of civilization reform by implementing 5 movements namely prayer in congregation, islamic outfit, staying clean and purified (thaharah), positive role models, hospitality and improvement of life quality. Whereas, for strengthening of science and technology, the university decided to implant the spirit of iqra ‘, develop science and technology on the basis of Islamic values, develop Islamic Learning Society, and appreciation of science and technology.
For UNISSULA, education is an act and process of nurturing as well as naturing of values, therefore, education is about implementing Islamic values on overall campus life by campus society; Rector, Dean, Faculties, Departments, students, lecturers, and staff. UNISSULA builds and provides infrastructures and facilities to facilitate and support the education process so that the objectives of education are achieved. The campus atmosphere is created to develop academic and scientific tradition as a core of the development of Islamic Learning Society.
Islamic education should be able to regain its former glory as accomplished by earlier Islamic education. Therefore, it needs to build an education community with conducive atmosphere of worship and academic by establishing Islamic Learning Society, that is is a society that always supports the campus high values of Islam, and uses Islam as the view of life, a source of inspiration, motivation, as well as a filter in the scientific and cultural activities. Learning activities taken place at campus as interaction between lecturers and students, among lecturers, among students, must always be enjoying and interesting. In the end, this solid implementation of the Islamic Academic Culture will result in the formation of Islamic Learning Society.