EST. 1987

"Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility. Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land."

– Tariq Ramadan

  • Population: 1 million 

  • Capital: Kuala Terengganu

  • Language: Bahasa Malaysia 

  • Area: 13035 sq.km

  • Religion: Islam

  • Major Attractions: Redong Islands, Lake Kenvir, Pasir Raja, Chendering, Pulau Redang

  • Government: Parlimentary form, headed by a Chief Minister, with a Sultan as the titular ruler

  • Climate: tropical 

About Terengganu


Terengganu and Iowa became Sister States in 1987 through an agreement signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Chief Minister Dato Seri Amar Di Raja of Terengganu. Over the years, there have been agriculture, education and arts exchanges.


The Terengganu relationship, one of Iowa's two sister states that identifies as a Muslim country, has been a wonderful resource and reason to hold two different conferences on Islam.

Feature Projects

Batik Exhibitions

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Islamic Conferences

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Meet the Leadership

Dr. Janet Heinicke is a longtime ISS volunteer. She has held a variety of responsibilities in the organization since the early '90s when she first traveled to Iowa's sister state in Stavropol Krai, Russia. After working as the Stavropol Chairman, she began working with Terengganu country committee.


Heinicke has traveled to all but one of Iowa's sister states. She has arranged for cultural exchanges of art and artifacts and organized several people to people exchanges. Heinicke, now a retired Professor of Art from Simpson College, maintains her studio in her home in Indianola and teaches at the DM Art Center.

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Last Updated: September 8, 2020