In 2002, a proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Education to establish SLEU because of concerns regarding student academic performance.
A steering committee was established as a task force to create programme for enhancing the academic performance of the students. The first iflah Motivation Camp was conducted in December 2002.
In February 2004, the steering committee was dissolved and SLEU was formally established under the purview of the Deputy Rector (Academic & Research).
With the appointment of Deputy Head of SLEU Kuantan in June 2008, the services had been extended to IIUM students in Kuantan which currently operating at Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences.
At present, SLEU continues to implement the original objectives of enhancing students learning and has organised additional programmes including revision of camp structure, peer tutoring and various workshops.