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University of Indonesia
Universitas Indonesia
University of Indonesia's Symbol
Motto veritas, probitas, iustitia
Established 1851 (as School for Javanese Doctor)
Type State University
Rector Prof. Der Soz Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri
Staff 4,814(Full-time Staff for Academic Staff on 2007/2008 Fiscal Year)
Students 41,555 students (2008/2009)(40% are graduate students)
Location Depok, West Java, Indonesia
Central Jakarta, Jakarta
, Indonesia
Campus Both urban and rural
(Total Area 3,552,713 m²)
With 3 areas: Depok, Salemba, Pegangsaan Timur

The University of Indonesia (in Indonesian: Universitas Indonesia), abbreviated as UI, is the oldest tertiary-level educational institution in Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies). Its main campus is located in the northern part of Depok, West Java, and the other main campus site is in the Salemba area of Central Jakarta.

It is regarded as the leading academic institution and the most prestigious University in Indonesia[1], scoring higher than any other Indonesian university in the Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings of 2006 [250][2]. It ranked number 395 in THES World University Rankings of 2007 [3] to 287th in 2008 [4]. Now, the University of Indonesia is in place 201 on the 2009 World University Rankings [5].



Rectorate, University of Indonesia's main building.

In the year 2007-2008, the University of Indonesia underwent substantial reform. Revenue was significantly increased from 800 billion to 1.6 trillion rupiah. The number of research publications has also increased. This is also the case with the university's endowment fund.

The newly elected Rector of the University of Indonesia (July 2007), Prof Dr der.soz. Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, is a reformist and the youngest leader among university presidents in Indonesia, and has a wide network of international connections. He has been elected to and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

According to the latest survey of Globe Asia (2008), UI ranked number one among top universities in Indonesia [6]. This report has been supported by a leading magazine in Indonesia, Tempo, which carried out a survey and analysis to rank universities and education in Indonesia [7]. The University of Indonesia has also improved its research collaboration with international partners, and is looking forward to having more international faculty members and students join the university.

In August 2008, the University of Indonesia won the Indonesia ICT award for the smart campus with best Content and Application. In terms of Accessibility and Connectivity, the University of Indonesia has also won an award due to the fact that 90% of the university's area is covered by IT infrastructure and services with its 305 Mbps. connection to the Internet, and its 155 Mbps. connection to the Indonesia Higher Education research Network (Inherent)[8].

Logo & Philosophy

The earliest form of the logo of University of Indonesia was created in 1952 by Sumaxtono (born as Sumartono), a student from 1951 Art Department Class, Faculty of Engineering, which was at the time known as the Fakulteit Teknik Universiteit Indonesia, located in Bandung.

Makara UI Description.

The basic idea underlining the logo is the kala-makara, a symbol of the two sources of energy in nature. Kala is the energy from above (the power of the sun), while makara represents the energy from below (the power of the Earth) . The two powers are combined and stylized into a symbol that represents the function of the University of Indonesia as a source of knowledge and the works resulting from it which are disseminated wide and far.

The logo of the University of Indonesia carries the following interpretation: The tree, which includes the buds and the branches, represents science and its branches, implying as well that the buds will soon flourish and turn into new branches of science. The buds will continue to blossom as long as the main tree is alive. By this, Sumaxtono intended to state that branches of sciences will continuously grow according to the need and development of civilization.

Water pouring down from the makara signifies the works of science which are disseminated wide and far. Sumaxtono hereby implied that the University of Indonesia is a source of knowledge which produces intelligent graduates who are highly skilled and pious, have high morals and an open attitude, are responsive to the changes and advancement of science and technology, and are empathetic to the problems faced by the society. They are also the people who have the capacity to solve problems occurring wherever they are, following the academic principles.

The logo design and the meaning it carried were presented to Srihadi (a student from the 1952 class from the same department) in 1952. Prof. KRHT H. Srihadi Soedarsono Adhikoesoemo, M.A. who also created the logo of Bandung Technology Institute, was not sure who authenticated this logo or when. He was sure, however, that this logo was printed on the cover of the book titled Universiteit Indonesia, Fakulteit Teknik, Bandung: Rentjana Untuk Tahun Peladjaran 1952-1953 (University of Indonesia, Faculty of Engineering, Bandung: Course Plans for Academic Years 1952-1953), published by AID, Bandung, 120 pages, using the original design by Sumaxtono (without the pentagonal border).


The roots of the University of Indonesia (UI) date back to 1851. At that time, the colonial government of the Dutch East Indies decided to establish a school to train medical assistants. Such training lasted for two years, and the graduates were certified to provide simple and basic medical treatments. The degree conferred was Javanese Doctor, as the graduates were certified only to open their practice in the 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 in length and the graduates were entitled to the degree of Medical Doctor. The next step came in 1898, when the Dutch East Indies government established a completely new school to train medical doctors, named STOVIA (School tot Opleiding van 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, the RHS (Rechts Hogeschool), to train civilian officers and servants. The RHS would later evolve into the Faculty of Law. In 1927, STOVIA's status was changed to that of a full tertiary-level institution and its name was changed to 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 University of Indonesia.

After Indonesia gained independence, 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 the Nood Universiteit or Emergency University at Jakarta. In 1947, the name was changed to 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 the BPTRI units and the former UVI, which was later changed into the University of 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 the University of Airlangga in 1954, and in the following year, the Makassar campus became the University of Hasanuddin. In 1959, the Bandung campus became the Bandung Institute of Technology. The School for Physical Education, which was also located in Bandung, became part of Padjadjaran University in 1960. In 1964, the Bogor campus became the Bogor Agricultural Institute and the Faculty of Education in Jakarta became the State University of 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 outskirts of Jakarta. The campus in southern Jakarta is known as the Depok campus, since it is situated in the city of Depok.

Campus sites

Monument at UI Depok Campus.


The Salemba campus, located in Central Jakarta, is dedicated mostly to 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, the Faculty of Law (Master of Law Science and Law Science Doctoral Program), Faculty of Economics (Extension and Master of Management programs) and the Faculty of Engineering (laboratories)


The Depok campus, located in Depok, just south of Jakarta, was built during 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.

The 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 on the campus, along with other facilities such as the Student Services Center, Student Activities Center, gymnasium, stadium, hockey field, hotel (Wisma Makara), travel agent and the university dormitory

Mark of Achievement

  • The University of Indonesia grabbed the highest ranking for the category of universities in Indonesia in the THES Higher Education Ranking 2009.
  • Christiaan Eijkman, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1929
  • Members and alumni of the University of Indonesia were elected in 2007 to major national academic positions and became members of President Yudhoyono’s cabinet as well as the parliament.
  • The University of Indonesia is one of the oldest universities in Indonesia, with its roots going back to the establishment in 1848 of the school for Javanese Doctors.
  • The University of Indonesia is the best (Indonesian) university according to Globe Asia Magazine 2008.
  • The University of Indonesia is the best university in Indonesia according to Tempo Magazine 2008.
  • The University of Indonesia was granted the Indonesia ICT Award (INAICTA) 2008 for the best university in Indonesia in terms of Best IT and Infrastructure under the category of Best Content and Application. The University of Indonesia was recognized in INAICTA 2008 as the university with the best access and connectivity.
  • The University of Indonesia has hosted the Indonesia Robot Contest 6 times due to the fact that it has the most comprehensive facilities and student activities to support the annual event of Indonesia Higher Education Institution of the University of Natural Education.
  • The University of Indonesia has a training center in CDMA and NGN in collaboration with Huawei and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication.
  • Through a green campus initiative, more than 40,000 members of the University of Indonesia community support, promote and ensure a sustainable future in which global warming is the main concern. Ten kilometers of bicycle track were built across the Depok campus of the University of Indonesia during 2008.
  • The University of Indonesia has greatly improved its ranking during the last three years. UI ranked 201 in Times Higher Education (THES) world university ranking, 287 in THES 2008 as a world class university and ranked 395 in THES 2007.


Ukhuwah Islamiyah Mosque

Masjid Ukhuwah Islamiyah in the Middle of Campus.

This mosque is located inside the Depok campus of the University of Indonesia, surrounded by a natural environment and the UI lake. Its construction began on January 28, 1987, and it was used for the first time on September 4, 1987, for Friday prayer.

The Yellow Bus University of Indonesia
University of Indonesia bicycle

ARH Mosque at Salemba Construction of this mosque, located inside the Salemba campus, was started on August 16, 1966 based on a UI Rector’s Decree. ARH Mosque’s vision is to become the center of Islam on the campus, to produce modern Muslims who have both faith and scientific thought, capable of practicing religion and solving religious problems.

Health Center

The polyclinic provides free health services for all UI students. Students should obtain a free card and medical record before getting treatments

The available health services are: general health service and dental service (including orthodonty)

Sport Area


  • Football Stadium
  • Pole Vault
  • Athletic Track

Indoor Facilities/Gymnasium

  • Badminton Court
  • Volley Court

Outdoor Facilities

  • Hockey Field
  • Tennis Court (3 Lines)
  • Basket Court (4 Lines)
  • Volley Court (3 Lines)

Makara Lodge

The University of Indonesia's Makara Lodge, located on the Depok campus, is one of the best accommodations South Jakarta and Depok. This place is well suited for public activities such as seminars, trainings and workshops. It is surrounded by natural forest and a blue lake, so the atmosphere is quiet and pleasant.

Student Hall

The UI Salemba Student Hall is one of the facilities under the management of the Students Affairs and Alumni Relationship Deputy. This building is often used for events such as seminars, meetings, etc. With a capacity of 300 people, this building can be used by UI students and personnel, as well as rented for public use.


University of Indonesia Library Maket. [9]

The Depok campus of the University of Indonesia (UI-Depok) will have have dimensions of approximately 30,000 m2 across eight floors. This library construction will be finished in December 2009. The building of this library was designed according to a sustainable building concept which uses solar energy to meet energy requirements. The new area will be smoke-free, green, and economical in terms of electricity, water and paper usage. The library center of the University of Indonesia will able to accommodate about 10,000 visitors at any one time, and will hold 3-5 million books.


The University of Indonesia has two student dormitories, one in Depok and one in Wismarini. The first dormitory is located on the Depok campus and has 480 men’s room and 615 women’s room, with each room accommodating one to three persons. The Wismarini dormitory is located at Jl. Otto Iskandar no. 38 Jakarta Timur and has 72 men’s rooms and 111 women’s rooms. The Wismarini dormitory is only for students who take lectures at the Medicine or Dental faculties and any program held at Salemba campus.

Campus Bus

Campus buses are available for student transportation at the University of Indonesia's Depok campus. Locals call them "yellow buses," as the buses are mostly yellow in color. In 2005, the University of Indonesia had a total of 20 campus buses. The buses serve regular routes in the campus area from Monday to Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Campus Bike

Since 2007, the University of Indonesia offers a bike rental facility for University of Indonesia students. Students just need to show their UI student card to the bike rental officer. The bike must be used on bike lanes and it must returned to the same place it was rented from. Campus bikes can be rented until 5:00 PM.


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

  1. Faculty of Medicine
  2. Faculty of Dentistry
  3. Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences
  4. Faculty of Law
  5. Faculty of Psychology
  6. Faculty of Engineering
  7. Faculty of Economics
  8. Faculty of Public Health
  9. Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  10. Faculty of Humanities
  11. Faculty of Computer Science
  12. Faculty of Nursing
  13. Post-graduate program
  14. International programs Double Degree (see talk page)

Student organizations

  • The Student Representatives Council: the student legislative body at the university level;
  • The Student Executive Board: the student executive body at the university level;
  • The Units for Student Activities: constitutes a medium for student activities at the university level with the purpose of developing students' hobbies, interests and talents. They are:
    • Arts: Marching Band Madah Bahana, Symphony Orchestra Mahawaditra, Choir Paragita, Dance Group Krida Budaya, and a Theater Group.
    • Sports: Badminton, Hockey, Volley Ball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Basket Ball, Swimming, Bridge, Athletic, and Softball.
    • 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 (KMK UI), Ecumenical Christian Students Fellowship (Persekutuan Oikoumene Universitas Indonesia), Students Magazine SUMA, Students Radio Station RTC.

Research organizations


  1. ^ Presidents of 12 premier universities in Asia and Middle East to gather at WUSTL May 4-7 to discuss global energy and environment, Washington University in St Louis, April 12, 2007,
  2. ^ The QS World University Rankings 2008,, last accessed 30 October 2008
  3. ^ The QS World University Rankings 2008,, last accessed 30 October 2008
  4. ^ The QS World University Rankings 2008,, last accessed 30 October 2008
  5. ^ 2009 World University Rankings,, last accessed 21 October 2009
  6. ^ Indonesian University Rankings, Globe Asia magazine vol. 2 number 4, April 2008.
  7. ^ Ranking Perguruan Tinggi Indonesia Naik, Tempo Interaktif, 14 Oktober 2008,
  8. ^ Daftar Pemenang Inaicta 2008,, August 2008
  9. ^ Detik Foto, 1 Juni 2009,

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