Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah Malaysia (USAS) was formerly known as Kolej Islam Darul Ridzuan (Kisdar) was established in 1999 by the Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Melayu Perak and registered with the Department of Perak Islamic Religious Enactment Control School – school of Islam, 1996. KISDAR became the Statutory Body of the Perak State Government through the Darul Ridzuan Islamic College Enactment (Enactment Number 3 of 2000).
On 19 December 2013 His Majesty the Regent of Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah perfectly officiated the upgrade of KISDAR to Sultan Azlan Shah Islamic University College (KUISAS)
On June 10, 2016, the Prime Minister, YAB Dato ‘Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak made an official announcement. Sultan Azlan Shah Islamic University College (KUISAS) was upgraded to a full university with immediate effect and is known as Sultan Azlan Shah University Malaysia (USAS) which receives an annual grant from the Central Government
“This announcement is a continuation of the history of education Kuala Kangsar as the country’s oldest city, which also houses the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Clifford and Masdrasah Idrisiah.