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Widad University College (formerly known as University College Shahputra) began with the establishment of Institut Fitra on December 24, 1997 and was fully owned by the Shahputra Education Sdn Bhd, a private Bumiputera company. TESL and Accounting Matriculation students from UPM are among the first groups of students of the institute, registered in June 1998. Following the promising increase in the number of students, Institut Fitra moved to an 8 hectares area in Pekan, Pahang.

SHAHPUTRA College, Pekan SHAHPUTRA College, Pekan
SHAHPUTRA College City Campus, Kuantan SHAHPUTRA College City Campus, Kuantan
SHAHPUTRA College, Kuantan SHAHPUTRA College, Kuantan
University College SHAHPUTRA, Kuantan University College SHAHPUTRA, Kuantan

Concurrently with the transfer, Institut Fitra changed its name to Kolej Shahputra. Kolej Shahputra continued to record impressive number of students each year. Thus, in mid-2007, the institute has moved forward with the transfer of operations to a new campus in Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan. The new campus featured a more complete facilities with modern teaching equipments as well as a more conducive environment for learning. The unique architecture of the new campus has made Kolej Shahputra one of the famous landmarks in Kuantan.

On the 14th of March 2011, Kolej Shahputra reached another milestone when it was granted the University College status, and became to be known as University College Shahputra (UCSA). With the new status, UCSA began developing homegrown programs including the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business (Accounting), to name a few. Today, the university college offers over 20 foundation, diploma and bachelor programs, and has delivered nearly 14,000 graduates. While the growth of UCSA's number of students and programs offered is positive year by year, UCSA continued to strive in attaining the full University status.

In mid-2016, in line with the effort towards stimulating operational and strategic growth, University College Shahputra and Kolej Shahputra were rebranded as Widad University College and Widad College respectively, under the stewardship of Widad Business Group.

Following this, on September 19, 2016, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mua'dzam Shah was installed as the first Chancellor of Widad University College in a historic inauguration ceremony held in Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Widad University College is planning to widen its footprint to Klang Valley and expand its program offering to Masters and Doctorate level. Widad University College has outlined its 3-Pillar Strategy (2016-2020) in support of our National Higher Education Blueprint (2015-2025) which aims to create a more comprehensive "value-chain" with establishment of new main campus and Widad Specialist Centre, increase participation of international students and strengthen learning approach and experience via closer collaboration with the industry.

The strategies have been put forward to strengthen the institution's overall quality as well as to inculcate entrepreneurship mindset amongst graduates that will eventually ease marketability of the graduates.