Airlangga University

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Universitas Airlangga
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Motto Excellence with Morality
Established 1954
Type Public University
Rector Prof. Dr. Fasichul Lisan, Apt. (2006-)
Undergraduates 19,376
Postgraduates 2,343
Location Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
7°16′18″S 112°45′29″E / 7.27167°S 112.75806°E / -7.27167; 112.75806Coordinates: 7°16′18″S 112°45′29″E / 7.27167°S 112.75806°E / -7.27167; 112.75806
Campus Urban
Alumni 63,892
Colours Yellow and Blue          
Mascot Garudamukha
Affiliations ASAIHL, AUAP,[1] AUN, AUN-ACTS[2]

Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) is a university in Indonesia. Located in Surabaya, East Java, this entrepreneurial university was established in 1948 as a distant branch of University of Indonesia. It started with a medical school and school of dentistry. At present day, Universitas Airlangga hosts 13 faculties with more than 24,143 students (in academic year 2009–2010) and nearly 1,571 faculty members. In addition to that, Universitas Airlangga also has a university hospital and an Institute of Tropical Disease Airlangga University equipped with biosafety level 3 facilities.

Consistently ranked highly in major world university rankings, Universitas Airlangga has been long considered as the top-five universities in Indonesia, along with University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, and Gadjah Mada University. Universitas Airlangga also has many international partnerships world wide, such as with University of Bonn, Seoul National University, University of Adelaide, and etc.[3]


In 2010, Universitas Airlangga was ranked 466th worldwide according to Top 500 QS World University Rankings 2010, ranked 86th Top 200 QS Asian University Rankings 2011 (third in Indonesia after University of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University). In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2011, Universitas Airlangga was placed in fourth in Indonesia and 22nd in the Southeast Asia region.

Universitas Airlangga has more than two internationally standardized quality management certificates for its management quality. For this reason, Universitas Airlangga has been the destination of foreign students that come to Indonesia, particularly Malaysian, Japan, Timor Leste, Chinese, Thai and some nationals from Europe and African countries.

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine are among the best life science schools in Indonesia, ranked 45th in Asia[4] and 356th in the world by QS World University Rankings 2011.[5] International and national scientific conferences have been held by those two faculties, showing the vast international network of the university.


Before Universitas Airlangga was established on October 11, 1847, the proposal to educate young Javanese to become health experts was submitted to the Dutch colonial government. On January 2, 1849 — through the National Law (Keputusan Pemerintah) No. 22 — NIAS (Nederlandsch Indische Artsen School) was founded as a medical learning center in Surabaya. Since 1913, medical education in Surabaya was held on Jl. Kedungdoro 38, Surabaya. In 1923, NIAS was moved to the Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Airlangga now on Jl. Major General Prof. Dr. Moestopo Surabaya.

Dr. Lonkhuizen, the incumbent director of the Department of Health, proposed the establishment of School of Dentistry in Surabaya, which had been pioneered from July 1928 until 1945. He received the approval from Dr. R.J.F. Van Zaben, the following director of NIAS. Later on, the school was better known as STOVIT (School Tot Opleiding van Indische Tandarsten) with 21 students. STOVIT was renamed as Ika Shika Daigaku under the supervision of Dr. Takeda as its first director (1942–1945).

Two years later, the Dutch Colonial Government took over Ika Shika Daigaku and then changed its name to Tandheekunding Institute. In 1948, the school changed its status to Universitier Tandheelkunding Institute (UTI). Under the Republik Indinesia Serikat (RIS), UTI was renamed as LKIG (Institute of Dentistry) for four years, under the leadership of Prof. M. Knap and Prof. M. Soetojo. In 1948, Universitas Airlangga became a branch of the Universits Indonesia (UI) with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry.

Universitas Airlangga was officially established in 1954 by Government Regulation (Peraturan Pemerintah) No. 57/1954 and was inaugurated by the president of the Republic of Indonesia on November 10, 1954, coinciding with the celebration of the ninth national Heroes' Day. In the same year, the Faculty of Law of Univertas Airlangga (formerly a branch of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Politics of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta) was officially established.

Name and symbols[edit]

The name Airlangga is taken from the name of the reigning king of East Java in 1019–1042, Rakai Halu Sri Lokeswara Dharmawangsa Airlangga Anantawikramattungadewa (well known as Prabu Airlangga). The symbol of Universitas Airlangga is Garuda — a magical bird ridden by Vishnu — that carries an urn containing an eternal water "Amrta". This symbol represents Universitas Airlangga as the source of eternal knowledge.

The colors of the flag of Universitas Airlangga are dominated by yellow and blue; yellow symbolizes greatness and blue symbolizes a deep soul and the warrior. These colors are taken from the veil that covered Vishnu's statue at the founding ceremony of Universitas Airlangga by the first president of the Republic of Indonesia on November 10, 1954.

Notable People[edit]


There are 13 faculties in Universitas Airlangga, one postgraduate program and 127 study programs offered by the following faculties:[6]

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Economy and Business
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Fisheries and Marine
  • Faculty of Nursing

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