Gadjah Mada University

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Gadjah Mada University
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Gadjah Mada University Logo.gif
University coat of arms
Established 1949
Type Public university
Rector Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc.,
Undergraduates 30,638 (as of 2011)
Postgraduates 7,600 (as of 2011)
Location Yogyakarta (main campus) and Jakarta, Indonesia
Campus Urban, 882 acres (357 ha)
Students 82,394 (2011 data, from Diploma to Postdoctoral)
Colors Light khaki     
Affiliations ASAIHL, AUN, ASEA UNINET[1]

Gadjah Mada University (official: Universitas Gadjah Mada; Abbreviation: UGM) is a public research university located in Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Founded on 19 December 1949,[2] three years after the first lecture was given on 13 March 1946, it is the oldest and largest institute of higher education and considered one of the most prestigious in Indonesia.[3][4][5]

Comprising 18 faculties and 28 Research centers, Gadjah Mada offers 68 undergraduate programs, 23 masters programs, and 67 graduate programs ranging from the Social Sciences to Engineering. The university enrolls approximately 157,000 students, staffs 2,240 employees, hosts 2,300 lecturers, and maintains a campus of 882 acres with facilities including a stadium and a gymnasium.[6]

Gadjah Mada is implementing an 'educopolis' campus atmosphere by creating a conducive learning environment.[7] These efforts are pursued within the context of developing multidisciplinary collaborations and responding to ecological issues in order to achieve the vision of the university. Some of the steps include reducing pollution and vehicle exhaust emissions, development of pedestrian areas, restriction of vehicles entering campus, construction of new dormitories on campus, development of parking pockets, planting trees, and more.[8]


Dies Natalis celebrations in 1950

UGM was the first state university in Indonesia, originally established as Universiteit Negeri Gadjah Mada (UNGM) during a period in history in which the Republic of Indonesia was just 3 years old and facing threats from the Netherlands, which wanted to regain control of the Republic. At that time, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia had moved from Jakarta to Jogjakarta.[9]

UGM was established through Government Regulation (PP) No. 23 of 1949 regarding the Merger Colleges to a University. Despite these regulations dating 16 December 1949, the UGM's inauguration took place on 19 December 1949. 19 December was intentionally chosen to eliminate the grief caused by the invasion of the city of Yogyakarta the year prior. Additionally, it was to show the world that exactly a year after the Netherlands returned to Indonesia (19 December 1948), the Government of Indonesia would be able to establish a nationwide university.[9]

When founded, UGM had 6 faculties: the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, the Faculty of Law, Social and Political Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Letters, Pedagogy and Philosophy, the Faculty of Agriculture, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

From 1952 until 1972, the Faculty of Medicine was split into two faculties, the Surabaya branch of the Faculty of Law, Social, and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, which was integrated into IKIP Yogyakarta (now Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta [UNY]).[citation needed]

Entrance of former campus of the UGM's Faculty of Law near the Sultan's palace

During its initial years the university used the buildings and other facilities belonging to the Kraton of Yogyakarta (Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX's palace). UGM gradually established a campus of its own in Bulaksumur on the northern side of Yogyakarta. The university now occupies an area of three square kilometres.

Faculties and schools[edit]

Balairung, the university's central administration offices

UGM main building (rectorate building) is centered at Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281. On the surroundings, UGM has Grha Sabha Pramana – a huge building utilized for graduation ceremony, a university library, a sports center consisting of a stadium, tennis court, and basketball field.

UGM administration is divided to 18 faculties, offering study programs from undergraduate to doctorate level. It hosts an integrated graduate school that manages study programs outside those offered by the 18 faculties and one vocational school offering practical-oriented study programs.[10]

  • Faculty of Agricultural Technology
  • Faculty of Agriculture science
  • Faculty of Animal Science
  • Faculty of Biology
  • Faculty of Cultural Sciences (Arts and Humanities)
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Geography
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Mathematics & Natural sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science
  • Graduate School of UGM
  • Vocational School

Business school[edit]

In 1988, UGM opened a master study of management (MM-UGM), specially designed for business practices. The school is a collaboration with the University of Kentucky and Temple University.

Medical school[edit]

UGM's School of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in Indonesia, established on 5 March 1946. It is ranked number 72 on the Times Higher Education Supplement 2006 for biomedicine.[11] In the past decade it has been the top medical school in Indonesia.

International programs[edit]

  • UGM's School of Medicine[12]
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Cultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics and Business

International Medicine Programme[edit]

Starting in 2002, UGM began offering an English-language based medicine program for overseas and Indonesian students to study medicine with an international standard curriculum.[13] The International Medicine Programme is five years long with the first three and a half years being study and a further one and a half years of clinical rotations. The program is designed around the problem based learning approach; making use of small study groups.

Computer Science International Undergraduate Program[edit]

CSIUP began in the 2012 academic year. It offers undergraduate computer science classes in English. Its strength lies in algorithm and software design, intelligent systems, programmable logic and embedded systems, and mobile computing. Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has been delivering Computer Science courses since 1987 (BSc), 2000 (MSc), and 2003 (PhD) organized jointly by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics, which has also offered courses in Electronics and Instrumentation since 1987 (BSc). In 2010, the Department of Computer Science and Electronics (DCSE) was formed by merging Computer Science resources within the Department of Mathematics and that of Electronics and Instrumentation group within the Department of Physics. Students of DCSE have consistently won gold medals in robotics competition both nationally and internationally (in Korea 2012 with the humanoid robot, and the USA 2013 with its legged robot).

Research centers[edit]

UGM has 28 university-level research centers in various fields:

  1. Center for Agro Ecology Studies
  2. Center for ASEAN Studies
  3. Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
  4. Center for Management of Biological Resources Studies
  5. Center for Biotechnology Studies
  6. Center for Clinical pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Policy Studies
  7. Center for Cultural Studies
  8. Center for Economic and Democracy Studies
  9. Center for Economic and Public Policy Studies
  10. Center for Energy Studies
  11. Center for Environmental Studies
  12. Center for Food and Nutrition Studies
  13. Center for German Studies
  14. Center for Japanese Studies
  15. Center for Korean Studies
  16. Center for Land Resources Studies
  17. Center for Marine Resource and Technology Studies
  18. Center for Disaster Studies
  19. Center for Pancasila (State ideology) Studies
  20. Center for Population and Policy Studies
  21. Center for Regional Planning and Development Studies
  22. Center for Rural and Regional Development Studies
  23. Center for Security and Peace Studies
  24. Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies
  25. Center for Tourism Studies
  26. Center for Transportation and Logistics Studies
  27. Center for Women Studies
  28. Center for World Trade Studies
  29. Center for Engineering Science Studies

UGM also facilitates itself with Integrated Research and Testing Laboratory (LPPT) which is the university’s central laboratory.


The chemistry undergraduate program of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, has received an accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom. RSC is the biggest international organization in Europe committed to the development of chemical science.The announcement was conveyed to the university through an email earlier this week. The accreditation is effective from March 5, 2013 until March 2018. It was the first international accreditation ever received by the university.[14]


Ranking system World Asia Southeast Asia Indonesia
QS World University Rankings 2011[15] 342 118 1
Webometrics 2012[16] 381 50 9 1
4ICU 2012[17] 401 1
4ICU 2013[18] 26 1
eSemar Xperimental

Student achievement[edit]

  • 1st winner of Fire Fighting category, 1st winner of Stand Balancing, and 2nd winner of Walker Challenge, Robogames competition, USA 2012[19]
  • 3rd Best Memorial Award Asia Cup 2012. International Law Moot Court Competition Asia Cup 2012, Japan[20]
  • 1st winner of Creative Robot, The 13th International Robot Olympiad 2011, Indonesia
  • The Standard CM Category Award, 7th GATSBY Student CM Award[23]

Student life[edit]

Community service[edit]

As a contribution to society, UGM organizes a community service called KKN-PPM. It is a must for undergraduate students to attend KKN since it’s one of requirements to graduate from a Bachelor's degree. KKN-PPM is a research based community service held three times in an academic year: in the middle of both odd semester and even semester and between those two semesters. Not only local students joining the KKN but also international academicians including lecturers and students get involved regularly in KKN-PPM UGM. In 2011, 150 international students participated in KKN-PPM coming many countries such as South Korea, Australia, France, USA, Norway.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

The Sports Activities Unit is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Joint Sports, and the Arts Unit is coordinated by the Joint Secretariat of Arts.[24]

Units of sports activities include Swimming, Diving, Inkai Karate, Kempo, Black Scorpion Karate, Pencak Silat Merpati Putih, Self Periasi Pencak Silat, Pencak Silat Pro Patria, Pencak Silat Setia Heart of the Lotus, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Hockey, Soccer, Soft Ball, Volleyball, Basketball, Athletics, Equestrian, Bridge, Badminton, Chess, Tennis, and Tennis Courts.

Units of art activities include Arts Gaya Yogyakarta (SWAGAYUGAMA), Art Style Surakarta, Balinese dance, Dance New Creative, Photography, Gamma Band, Marching Band, Keroncong, Student Choir, Theatre, and Arts.

Units of specific activities include Publisher Student Press Agency, Mapagama, Student Health Unit, Scout, Satmenwa, and Cooperative Students "Kopma UGM. "

Units of spirituality include Unit Islamic Spirituality (Jama Saladin), Unit of Catholic Spirituality, Christian Spirituality Unit, Unit Spirituality Hinduism, Buddhism and Spiritual Unit.

Units of reasoning activities include Interdisciplinary Unit of Scientific Reasoning, Reasoning Unit Gama Scholar, and English Debating Society.


Madya Stadium  : Madya Stadium is located in the valley of UGM and can be used for football activities, athletics, hockey, and several other activities. Madya Stadium is not only used for GMU students and academic society but may also be utilized by the general public after obtaining permission from the Rector/Director of Student Affairs.[25]

The Softball/Baseball field (a special field for softball/baseball) is also available for use by external parties after obtaining the afore mentioned permission.

The GMU Tennis courts (indoor and out Door) located in the valley are used by the Unit GMU GMU Tennis, academic, and outside parties who have received the above-mentioned permission.

The Student Center which consists of the Student Center room secretariat, meeting room, and the Hall. There is also space used by the Secretariat Student Activity Unit. The Hall space is not only used for sports activities such as Basket, Bolavoli, badminton and Martial Arts, but also for exhibitions and art performances.

There is an Open Field to perform music / art. Located in the valley of UGM, this can be used for musical performances or other student activities that require a wide open space. A permit to use the field to show only musical performances is given 2 times each month and on special holiday nights (Sundays or national holidays). To use this field a student must apply for permission to the Rector of UGM cq. Director of Student Affairs.

Notable alumni[edit]

University Rectors[edit]

Sukadji Ranuwihardjo – Rector of Gadjah Mada University from 1973 – 1981;

Mohd Noh bin Dalimin - Vice Chancellor of UTHM, Malaysia from 2008 - now


Anies Baswedan – President of Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia


Boediono – Former Member of The Government Cabinet as Coordinative Minister of Economic, Former Governor of Central Bank Indonesia, and is now the Vice President of Indonesia

Sri Adiningsih – Indonesian Economist

Burhanudin Abdulah – Former Governor of Central Bank Indonesia

Faik Fahmi – Director in PT garuda Indonesia Air Lines

Kamardy Arief – Former President Director Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) (1983-1992)

Eko Budiwiyono – President Director Bank DKI

Halim Alamsyah – Deputi Gubernur Bank Indonesia

Perry Warjiyo – Director of Monetary Policy Research at Bank Indonesia

Dodjana jody – President Director of Astra Credit Company, Former President of AUTO 2000 (Astra Group)


Siti Fadillah Supari – former minister of Health

Ryan Thamrin – Host of Dr.Oz Indonesia


Dewa Made Beratha – Former Governor of Bali

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X – 10th sultan of Yogyakarta

Budiman Sudjatmiko – Indonesian politician

Amien Rais – Former leader of Muhammadiyah

Abdul Rahman Saleh – Attorney general of Indonesia

Jahja Muhaimin – Former Education Minister of Indonesia

Fadel Muhammad – Governor of Gorontalo 2001–2006, Vice President ASEAN Business Forum

Joko Widodo – President-Elect of Indonesia, Governor of Jakarta , Former Mayor of Surakarta

Ganjar Pranowo – Governor of Central Java

Anggito Abimanyu – Director General of Hajj and Umrah of the ministry of religious affairs of Republic of Indonesia ( former Head of Fiscal Policy Agency of the Ministry of Finance of Republic Indonesia)

Art & Culture[edit]

Artika Sari DeviPuteri Indonesia 2004 and Top 15 Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Umar Kayam – Prominent Indonesian author and former President of Jakarta Art Institute

Lindi Cistia PrabhaPuteri Indonesia 2005 (1st Runner-up) and Contestant at Miss World 2005 in Sanya, China.

Estelita Liana - Puteri Indonesia 2014 (2nd Runner-up) and will compete at Miss Supranational 2014 in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland.

Putu Wijaya – Indonesian novelist

Willibrordus S. Rendra – Poet, lyricist, and stage writer, one of the most recognized poet in Indonesia

Sapardi Djoko Damono – Prominent Indonesian Poet and a Professor at Universitas Indonesia

Science & Technology[edit]

Herman Johannes – Rector, former minister of public works 1950–1951,


Teuku Jacob – Rector, physician, anatomist, palaeoanthropologist

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See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Gadjah Mada University brief history". 19 December 1949. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "707 Siswa Pandai Tapi Tak Mampu Lulus SPMB" (online archive in Indonesian). Sinar Indonesia Baru. 6 August 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "Mencermati Peringkat Nilai Hasil Seleksi Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru (SPMB) 2004" (online archive in Indonesian). Harian Jawa Pos. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2006. 
  5. ^ "Universitas Gadjah Mada". Asean University Network. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Gadjah Mada University Figure April 2007[dead link]
  7. ^ "UGM Toward Educopolis Campus | Universitas Gadjah Mada". Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Universitas Gadjah Mada – Node Post". Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Suwarni; Heri Santoso (2009). 60 Tahun Sumbangsih UGM Bagi Bangsa (in Bahasa Indonesia). Yogyakarta: Universitas Gadjah Mada. ISBN 978-979-420-089-6. 
  10. ^ "Faculties Directory," Universitas Gadjha Mada. Accessed: 25 February 2013.
  11. ^ "THES – QS World University Rankings 2007 – Top 400 Universities". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "International University Programs," Gadjah Mada University. Accessed: 10 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Online Application | Universitas Gadjah Mada". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
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  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Webometrics University Ranks in Asia". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Universitas Gadjah Mada | Ranking & Review". 27 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 Universities in Asia | 2013 World University Ranking". 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "UGM Robots Achieve Gold Medal in Robogames 2012 | Universitas Gadjah Mada". 22 April 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "UGM Faculty of Law Team: the 3rd Best Memorial Award Asia Cup 2012 | Universitas Gadjah Mada". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Semar Car Wins the Best Technical Innovation Award in SEM 2011 | Universitas Gadjah Mada". 14 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
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  24. ^ "Student Activity Unit | Universitas Gadjah Mada". Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Student Facilities | Universitas Gadjah Mada". Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

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