Widad College (formerly known as Kolej 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 who registered in June 1998. Following the promising increase in the number of students, Institut Fitra moved to an 8-hectare area in Pekan, Pahang.
Concurrently with the transfer, Institut Fitra changed its name to Kolej Shahputra. Kolej Shahputra continued to record an 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 more complete facilities with modern teaching equipment 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.
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.