University of Indonesia

University of Indonesia (in Indonesian: Universitas Indonesia), abbreviated as UI, has its roots in the oldest tertiary-level education facilities in Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies). Its main campus is located in the north part of Depok, West Java, and the other main campus site is in the Salemba area of Central Jakarta.

It is regarded as one of Indonesia's premier universities, scoring higher than any other Indonesian university in the Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings of 2006 [250].[1] It ranked number 395 in THES World University Rankings of 2007.[2]

In the year 2007-2008 Universitas Indonesia has gone through substantial reform in academic or non-academic areas. For example, a significant increase in revenue from 800 billion to 1.5 trillion Rupiah. The number of research publication has also been increased. This is also the case with the endowment fund of the University. The homecoming event for the alumnae conducted on 26-27 Juli 2008 in the garden area between the UI lake and Balairung UI Depok is an example of the effort to unite the potential of hundred thousand alumnae who have been contributing their talent and skills in strategic positions in Indonesia.

The new elected Rector of the Universitas Indonesia (July 2007), Prof Dr der.soz. Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri is a reformist, hard worker and visionary youngest leader among the university presidents in Indonesia with a wide international network connection. For example, he is currently elected as on as one of the board of Director of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

According to the latest survey of Globe Asia (2008) UI ranked as number one among top universities in Indonesia. This report has been supported by a leading magazine in Indonesia, Tempo, who carried out survey and analysis concerning the rank of University and education in Indonesia.

Universitas Indonesia has been ranked as the most vibrant university in Indonesia., Since the year 2004 Tempo survey reported the fact that Universitas Indonesia’s graduates are among the best graduate in Indonesia based on several criteria such as the quality of the graduate, top of mind, and industrial user satisfaction, teaching quality, learning methodology, green eco-campus environment, highly competitive entrance examination, etc


The roots of Universitas Indonesia (UI) dated back to 1851. At that time, the colonial government of Dutch East Indies decided to established a school to train medical assistants. Such a training lasted for two years, and the graduates were certified to give simple and basic medical treatments. The degree conferred was Javanese Doctor as the graduates were certified only to open their practice in Dutch East Indies, especially Java. The program became more comprehensive, and by 1864 it was expanded to three years. By 1875, the program of study had reached 7 years length and the graduates were entitled to the degree Medical Doctor. The next step happened in 1898 when the Dutch East Indies government established a completely new school to train medical doctor, named STOVIA (School tot Opleiding von Inlandsche Artsen). The prerequisite to enter STOVIA was roughly the equivalent of a junior high school diploma, but the school's education took 9 years, so it was a mix between high school and university education. Many STOVIA graduates later played important roles in Indonesia's national movement toward independence, as well in developing medical education in Indonesia.

In 1924, the colonial government again decided to open a new tertiary-level educational facility, to train civilian officers and servants, the RHS (Rechts Hogeschool). The RHS would later evolve into Faculty of Law. In 1927, STOVIA's status was changed to become a full tertiary-level institution and renamed as GHS (Geneeskundige Hogeschool). The GHS occupied the same main building and use the same teaching hospital as the current Faculty of Medicine. Many GHS alumni would later play roles in establishing the Indonesia University of Indonesia.

After the independence of Indonesia, the Indonesian Institute for Higher Education (BPTRI) was established in Jakarta consisting of three faculties, namely Medicine and Pharmacy, Letters and Law. The institute produced its first 90 graduate students as medical doctors in the same year. When the Dutch colonial army occupied Jakarta in late 1945, the BPTRI moved to Klaten, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Malang. In 1946, the Dutch colonial government established a Nood Universiteit or Emergency University at Jakarta. In 1947, the name was changed into Universiteit van Indonesie (UVI) or the University of Indonesia. Following the Indonesian National Revolution, the government established a state university in Jakarta in February 1950. The name was Universiteit Indonesia, comprising of BPTRI units and the former UvI, which was later changed into Universitas Indonesia (UI).

By 1950, UI was a multi campus university, with faculties in Jakarta (Medicine, Law, and Letters), Bogor (Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine), Bandung (Engineering, Mathematics and Natural Sciences), Surabaya (Medicine and Dentistry), and Makassar (Economics). The Surabaya campus became Universitas Airlangga in 1954, and in the following year, the Makassar campus became Universitas Hasanuddin. In 1959, the Bandung campus became Institut Teknologi Bandung. The School for Physical Education, which was also located in Bandung, became part of Universitas Padjadjaran in 1960. In 1964, the Bogor campus became Institut Pertanian Bogor and the Faculty of Education in Jakarta became Universitas Negeri Jakarta. By 1965, UI consisted of three campuses, all in Jakarta, namely the Salemba Campus (Medicine, Dentistry, Economics, Engineering, Science and the Graduate School), the Rawamangun Campus (Letters, Law, Social Science and Psychology) and the Pegangsaan Campus (Public Health and parts of Medicine)

In 1987, several faculties from Salemba Campus and Rawamangun campus moved to a newly built campus in the outskirt of Jakarta. The campus in the south of Jakarta is known as the Depok Campus, since it is situated in the city of Depok.

Memberships in international university association and International forums


Campus sites


The Salemba Campus, located in Central Jakarta, is dedicated mostly for the faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. It adjoins the Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital (RSCM) as well as the University Dental Hospital. It also houses parts of the Postgraduate Program, Faculty of Economics (Extension and Master of Management programs) and Faculty of Engineering (laboratories)


The Depok campus, located in Depok, just south of Jakarta, was built around the mid-1980s to accommodate the modernization of the university. It is now the main campus of the University. Most of the faculties (Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Engineering, Psychology, Letters, Economics, Social Politics, Law, Computing, Nursing and Public Health) have been relocated here.

Depok campus is located alongside the Jakarta-Bogor commuter railway, offering students easy access to transport by rail. Students also benefit from the frequent commuter bus services connecting many parts of Jakarta to Depok.

It is planned to relocate the undergraduate training of the medical and dental faculties to Depok in 2010.

The main library of the university is also located in the campus, along with other facilities such as the Student Services Centre, Student Activities Centre, gymnasium, Stadium, hockey field, hotel (Wisma Makara), travel agent and the University dormitory


The university consists of 12 faculties providing courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Some graduate and postgraduate courses are managed by the separate Postgraduate Program

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine as an organization under UI was in fact established before the establishment of UI itself. The FKUI was the continuation faculty of two previous institutes of medical education namely; 1) Perguruan Tinggi Kedokteran Republic of Indonesia and 2) Geneeskundige Faculteit Nood Universiteit van Indonesia, both were merged and bear The name of Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia. The FKUI became the oldest faculty of medicine in the country.The faculty’s objective is to be The best and the main source for faculty of medicines in The country.

Undergraduate programme (S1) of medical education or also known as The first professional degree as a part of The higher education.A student may elect to choose either one of the following; The Regular Class or The International Class. Postgraduate study for specialist is The second step to become a specialist. It is the second professional degree in which doctors develop competencies to complement Their basic medical qualification.

Post-graduate Study Master Programme (S2).

The course offerings are in The areas of biomedical sciences, nutrition, and occupational medicine. To qualify for entry into a master programme, applicants must complete a bachelor degree, or equivalent (S1), in any discipline. Post-graduate Study Doctoral Programme (S3). The Doctoral Programme in FKUI includes a programme in medical sciences, nutrition, and biomedical sciences. The Doctoral Programme candidates must have a relevant Master Degree in a related field.

Faculty of Dentistry

The Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Indonesia (FKGUI) began its path in 1961. The initiative to have a faculty of dentistry was brought up by the late Prof. Dr. Ouw Eng Liang and his colleagues from The Oral and Dental Health department, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FKUI) who in the year 1959 proposed a detailed plan for the establishment of the Faculty of Dentistry in UI. The plan was also supported by Dr. Sudjono Djuned Pusponegoro, who was UI’s rector at that time and Prof. Dr. M. Soekardjo, dean’s of FKUI. The proposal was responded by A Decree stipulated by The Ministry of Education, Teaching and Culture numbered 108049 dated 21 December 1960 regarding the establishment of Faculty of Dentistry in UI. That was the day the FKGUI was born, with Prof. Dr. Ouw Eng Liang as its first dean.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Dentistry Basic dental Sciences,Community Dentistry Dentistry

Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences

In 1950, University of Indonesia had branches in four cities; Ujung Pandang, Surabaya, Bandung and Bogor. At that time The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) was known as The Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences and was a part of UI Bandung’s branch which in 1959 became Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). In 1960, The Minister of Education and Culture through a decree number 108094/UU in December 21, 1960 confirmed the establishment of The Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences (FIPIA UI) in Jakarta.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Mathematics, physics,Chemistry, Biology,Pharmacy, Geography Material Science, phsysics,Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Pharmacy and Marine Science, Mathematics Material Science, Chemistry, Biology

Faculty of Law

The first Law School in Indonesia was established by the Dutch-Indies government in 1909 under the name of Rechtsschool. The school was established in Batavia to meet the demand of P.A. Achmad Djajadiningrat, the head of Serang regency, for law staff who will be placed in the regency’s court of law. On 18 May 1928, the School of Law was officially closed and it was replaced by the Rechtshogeschool. During the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945) the Rechtshogeschool was closed and was reopened in 1946 under the name of Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid en Sociale Wetenschappen as a part of the Nood-Universiteit van Indonesië which was opened on 21 January 1946. This higher education institution was established by the NICA (Netherlands' Indies Civil Administration).

With the recognition of Indonesian sovereignty on 27 December 1949, an emergency law dated 30 January 1950 was decreed giving the Minister of Education, Learning and Culture the authority to take the necessary steps to ensure the continuation of higher education in Indonesia. On 2 February 1950 a new education entity was born, The Universiteit Indonesia which later was renamed The University of Indonesia. This university was a merger between the Universiteit van Indonesië and the Higher Education Council of The Republic of Indonesia. The Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid en Sociale Wetenschappen and the Faculty of Law from the Council for Higher Education were also merged. The new faculty took on the name of The Faculty of Law and Public Science (Fakulteit Hukum dan Pengetahuan Masyarakat).

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Law Law, Notary Law

Faculty of Psychology

The birth of Faculty of Psychology in Indonesia was pioneered by the scientific speech of Prof. Dr. Slamet Iman Santoso during his inaugural as University of Indonesia Professor at the 1952 University of Indonesia Dies Natalis ceremony in UI Engineering Sciences Faculty in Bandung (now ITB). In the Minister of Education, Teaching and Culture Decree No. 108049/U.U. University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Psychology was officially established in July 1, 1960. Therefore, 1960 was established as the birth year of University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Psychology with Prof. Dr. Slamet Iman Santoso as the first dean.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Psychology Scientific Psychology, Professional Psychology, Applied Psychology Psychology

Internasional Class

Study Program In Cooperation With
Psychology University of Queensland (Australia)

Faculty of Engineering

The history of the UI’s Faculty of Engineering (FT UI) began with the offer made by several young engineers belonging to The Union of Indonesian Engineer (Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia or PII), to the Indonesian first president Bung Karno to repair the damages in Jakarta’s main street. After finishing the task of repairing Jakarta’s street, these young engineers with steel spirits in their heart felt that there were more things to be done. But what? From there emerged a bright idea why don’t we build a faculty of engineering right here in Jakarta, so people don’t have to go far away to Bandung to study engineering. When Dr. Syaref Thayeb became the Minister for Higher Education and Sciences (PTIP), he issued a decree number 76 dated 17 July 1964 regarding the establishment of a Faculty of Engineering. Hence, under the University of Indonesia, without any ceremony, the youngest faculty, The Faculty of Engineering (FT UI), was born.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Civil Engineering, Environment Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Shipping Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Metallurgy and Material, Engineering, Chemical, Engineering, Architecture, Industrial Engineering, Interior Architecture Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Architecture, Opto Electronics and laser Application Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Opto Electronics and laser Application, Chemical Engineering

Internasional Class

Study Program In Cooperation With
Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture Queensland university of Technology (Australia)
Metallurgy and Material Engineering, Chemical Engineering Monash University (Australia)

Faculty of Economics

FEUI was established in September 18, 1950, when the Social-Economics Department of UI Law Faculty separated itself to become UI’s Faculty of Economics. At the same time, the students of the National Academy, who also studied economics science, merged with the newly-established faculty. Those students were the first class of FEUI. Uniquely, the three-hundred students were taught by limited-number of teaching staff, and the students themselves managed all the administration business.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Economics, Accounting, Management Economics,Management , Accounting, planning & Public Policy Economics, Management, Accounting

Internasional Class

Study Program In Cooperation With
Economics, Management, Accounting University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Queensland (Australia), University of Tilburg (The Netherland), University of Amsterdam (The Netherland)

Faculty of Public Health

The Faculty of Public Health University of Indonesia (FKM UI) was established to provide experts in public health to handle problems related to public health in Indonesia. The idea was first mentioned by Dr. Mochtar who at that time was the FKUI’s Head of The Public Health and Preventive Medicine. It was followed through by Dr. Sajono Sumodidjojo in the year 1964 by proposing the project to UI’s Rector, FKUI’s Dean and The WHO representative in Indonesia. On 26 February 1965, with the Department of Education, Teaching and Culture’s decree number 26, The Faculty of Public Health was formed under the auspice of The University of Indonesia.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Public Health, Nutrion Public Health, Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety, Hospital Administration Public Health, Epidemiology

Internasional Class

Study Program In Cooperation With
Health Management Griffith University (Australia)

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

The Faculty of Social and Political ScienceT,established in 1968, is one of UI faculties with the biggest number of students and programs. This is because, since its establishment up to the year 2005, FISIP UI has vastly evolved to own eight departments, 35 programs with 52 specialty programs.

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Social Anthropology, fiscal, Administration, Businness Administration, International Relations, Communication Science, Social Welfare, Criminology, Political Science, Sociology Anthropology, Administrative Science, Communication Science, Political Science, Sociology, Social Welfare, International Relations, Anthropology, Communication Science, Political Science, Sociology, Administrative Science,

Faculty of Humanities

The effort to establish the Faculty of Humanities (previously named Faculty of Letters) in Indonesia began in 1920s. At that time, both Netherlands’s scholars and Indonesia’s nationalists aspired to create it despite their differences in objectives. The scholars intended to conduct research and to study the Indonesian culture more scientifically, in order to achieve more successful colonial politic.

In 1942, Japan, which was involved in the Second World War, invaded and reigned over Indonesia. Every educational activity was stopped, including the newly-opened Faculteit der Letteren en Wijsbegeerte. The Japanese colonial government established their own educational institutions including for higher education level. Faculty of Humanities, however, was an exception.

After the Independence proclamation in 1945, the government of Republic of Indonesia established the Republic of Indonesia University Bureau (BPRTI) in Jakarta. Meanwhile in 1946, the Netherlands were trying to reign over Indonesia again and opened a temporary university, Nooduniversiteit on January 21, 1946. When the NICA (Netherlands Indies Civil Administration) occupied Jakarta, the BPTRI moved to Yogyakarta. There, the BPTRI was transformed into Universitit Gadjah Mada (became the Gadjah Mada University in 1954). On March 21, 1947, the Nooduniversiteit changed its name to Universiteit van Indonesie, with faculties spread in Jakarta, Bogor, Surabaya and Makasar.

On February 2, 1950, the Universiteit van Indonesie was taken over by the BPTRI and renamed as Universitet Indonesia and later became the University of Indonesia, which included the Faculteit der Letteren en Wijsbegeerte that had renamed into Fakultet Sastra dan Filsafat.

Literature was indeed taught in the faculty, but it is just a small part of the curriculum. On that basis, the name Faculty of Letters was no longer sufficient to represent other fields of study managed by FSUI, such as history, philosophy, archeology, library sciences, and linguistics. Therefore, in 2002, the Faculty of Letters was changed to the Faculty of Humanities (FIB).

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Archeology, History, Chinese Studies Programme , Japanese Studies Programme, Javanese Studies Programme, Philosopy, German Studies Programme, English Studies Programme, French Studies Programme, Indonesian Studies Programme, Russian Studies Programme, Arabic Studies Programme, Dutch Studies Programme, Library and Information studies, Korean Literature and Culture Literature, Archeology, Linguistics, Philosopy, Library and Information, studies, History Literature, Archeology, Linguistics, History, Philosopy

Faculty of Computer Science

Faculty of Computer Science was established in 1993. It began with the establishment of The Computer Science Center (Pusilkom) in 1986. Fasilkom UI is determined to create high quality experts in computer science and technology. The curriculum for The Computer Science ProgramProgram is planned in certain ways as to create a balance between theory and practice by pressing its relevance to the public needs. The graduates will have excellent skills and flexibility to enter the professional world or to improve their education to a more advanced level.

Study Program

Regular Class
Bachelor Master Ph.D
Computer Science, Information System Computer Science, Information Technology Computer Science
International Class
Study Program in Cooperation With
Medical Doctor Monash University (Australia)

Faculty of Nursing

The Faculty of Nursing started with the establishment of The Nursing Science Program as a part of UI Faculty of Medicine. PSIK started in August 1985 by opening two undergraduate programs:The A Program, which accepts high school graduates, and the B Program, which accepts those with a three-year college degree (D3) in Nursing (AkPer) .

To widen the opportunity for working-nurses to attend the program, during the 1995 academic year a B Extension Program was launch. The classes for this program were conducted in the evening to accommodate the working-nurses. of the period of study for the A Program is 9 semesters, while the B program is 5 semesters. Graduates from both programs will receive an S.Kp degree and will be equipped with the skills of a professional nurse. In line with The Minister of Education and Culture decree number 0332/ O/ 1995 on November 15, 1995, the Nursing Science Program Study (PSIK) was officially renamed as The Faculty of Nursing Sciences (FIK UI).

Study Program

Bachelor Master Ph.d
Nursing Science Nursing Science Maternity Nursing, Specialist, Community Nursing Specialist

The Post-graduate program

The Postgraduate programe had actually started even before the Faculty of Postgraduates was officially launched in 1982. 1950 was the first year UI produced academicians with doctorate degree. At that time the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine each produced two doctors, while the Faculty of Letters produced one. The doctorate education at that time was carried out in the form of independent work. However, with the increased number of participants that method was no longer applicable. Hence, in 1987, the government issued the P&K Minister Decree No. 0207/M/1987 that required gradual changes of the Doctorate Program into a Structured Program.

Study Program

Master Ph.d
Studies for National Defense, American Studies, Population and Labor Studies, Japanese Studies, Women Studies, Police Science, Middle, East and Islamic Studies, European Studies, Biomedic Technology Environmental Studies

Internasional Class

Study Program In Cooperation With
Economics Vrije Unversiteit (Holland), The Australian National University (Australia), Universiteit van Amsterdam (Holland)
Magister Management Universite Pierre mendes France Grenoble II

International programs Double Degree

Under-graduate Program

Post-graduate Program

Student organizations

  • The Student Representatives Council: the student legislative institute on the university level;
  • The Student Executive Board: the student executive institute on the university level;
  • The Units for Student Activities: constitutes a media for student activities on the university level with the purpose of developing the students' hobbies, interests and talents. They are:
    • Arts: Marching Band Madah Bahana, Symphony Orchestra Mahawaditra, Choir Paragita, Dance Group Krida Budaya, and a Theatre Group.
    • Sports: Badminton, Hockey, Volley Ball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Basket Ball, Swimming, Bridge, Athletic, and Soft Ball.
    • Martial Art: Silat Merpati Putih, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Sin Lam Ba.
    • Others: Islamic Students Association (Salam UI), Student Cadet Exercise Wira Makara, Nature Lover (Mountain Climbing & Hiking) Students Club Mapala, Study Club Eka Prasetya, Entrepreneurship Club CEDS, English Debating Society EDS, Catholic Students Association, Students Magazine SUMA, Students Radio Station RTC.

Research organizations


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