The Islamic University of Rotterdam also known by its acronym IUR is a vocational university founded in 1997. It is a member of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. Although the Islamic University of Rotterdam has eleven courses which can be followed, only the Bachelor program Islamic Theology and the professional Master program for Islamic Moral Guiding have been accredited by NVAO, the official accreditation organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders. According to a news article from 2010 the university has close religious ties with the Turkish Nurcu movement. Although the Dutch word for 'University' is embedded in the name, it is not a member of the VSNU and it does not have any university level programs. As the Dutch words for 'University of Applied Sciences' and 'University' are not yet protected by law, the use of the Dutch word for 'University' is not in violation of Dutch law.
From 2003 the university is located in the North of Rotterdam, in a characteristic stately building on the Bergsingel. The building previously belonged to Zadkine MBO.
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