Airlangga University

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Universitas Airlangga
300px-Universitas Airlangga.svg.png
Motto "Excellence with Morality"
Type Public University
Established 1954
Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih
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 Garuda Mukti[1]
Affiliations ASAIHL, AUAP,[2] AUN, AUN-ACTS[3]

Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR or UA) is the second-oldest university in Indonesia. Located in Surabaya, East Java, it was established in 1948 as a distant branch of the University of Indonesia, with roots dating back to 1913. It started with a medical school and school of dentistry. Now Universitas Airlangga hosts 15 faculties with more than 25,000 students (during the 2009–2010 academic year) and 1,570 faculty members. Universitas Airlangga has university hospitals for the faculties of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry, as well as a tropical infection hospital for the Institute of Tropical Disease. The university is equipped with biosafety level three facilities.

Consistently ranked highly in major world university rankings, Universitas Airlangga have long been considered as one of the "Big 5" university in Indonesia, along with University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, and Gadjah Mada University.

Universitas Airlangga has international partnerships worldwide, including with University of Bonn, Seoul National University, and University of Adelaide.[4]


The QS Asian University Ranking 2014 have placed Universitas Airlangga as the best university in "Citations per paper" category.[5] In 2010, Universitas Airlangga was ranked 466th worldwide according to the Top 500 QS World University Rankings 2010, as well as ranked 86th in the 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 fourth in Indonesia and 22nd in the Southeast Asia region.

Universitas Airlangga has two internationally standardized quality management certificates for its management quality. For this reason, Universitas Airlangga has been the destination of foreign students who studies in Indonesia, particularly from Malaysia, Japan, Timor Leste, China, Thailand and some other European and African countries.

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine are among the best life science schools in Indonesia, ranked 45th in Asia[6] and 356th in the world by QS World University Rankings 2011.[7] The Faculty of Medicine's is affiliated with the Dr. Soetomo Regional General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Eastern Indonesia and one of the central referral-hospital in Indonesia.


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 May 8, 1913 — through Edict No. 4211 of the Governor General of the Netherlands-Indies — NIAS (Nederlandsch Indische Artsen School) (Netherlands Indies School of Doctors) was founded as a medical education center in Surabaya. The first medical institution is located in Jl. Kedungdoro 38, Surabaya. In 1923, NIAS was moved to its present-day location of the Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Airlangga, on Jl. Major General Prof. Dr. Moestopom Surabaya.

Dr. Lonkhuizen, the director of the Department of Health, proposed the establishment of School of Dentistry in Surabaya. He received approval from Dr. R.J.F. Van Zaben, the succeeding director of NIAS and the new school was opened in July 1928. Later on, the school was better known as STOVIT (School tot Opleiding van Indische Tandarsten) (School for Training Indies Dentists) with 21 students. Later during the Japanese occupation STOVIT was renamed Ika-Shika Daigaku (医科歯科大学) (College of Medicine and Dentistry) under the supervision of Dr. Takeda as its first director (1942–1945), while NIAS was closed down.

Two years later, the post-WW II Dutch colonial government took over Ika-Shika Daigaku and then changed its name to Tandheelkundig Instituut (Institute of Dentistry) and NIAS was reopened as Faculteit der Geneeskunde (Faculty of Medicine). In 1948, the dentistry institute changed its status to Universitair Tandheelkundig Instituut (UTI) (Institute of College Dentistry). Later after Republik Indonesia Serikat (RIS) gained its official independence in 1950, UTI was renamed LIKG (Lembaga Ilmu Kedokteran Gigi) (Institute of Dentistry) for four years, under the leadership of Prof. M. Knap and Prof. M. Soetojo. In 1948, both schools became part of University of Indonesia's Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry.

Universitas Airlangga was established 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 Universitas Airlangga (formerly a branch of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Politics of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta) was 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 the mythical bird Garuda ("Garudamukha") — the magical bird ridden by Vishnu — who carries an urn containing the 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 symbolizing the golden greatness and blue symbolising the depth of the soul of a 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 Alumni[edit]


Universitas Airlangga's faculty campuses are as follows:

  • A Campus in Jalan Dr. Moestopo (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry)
  • B Campus in Jalan Dharmawangsa (Faculty of Economics and Business, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Faculty of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, and Postgraduate School)
  • C Campus in Jalan Ir. Dr. H. Soekarno (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Marine and Fishery, and Faculty of Nursing)
  • Banyuwangi Campus (an outside city campus for Veterinary Medicine, Marine and Fishery, Accounting, and Public Health)
  • Faculty of Vocational building in Jalan Srikana.


There are 15 faculties in Universitas Airlangga (include 1 postgraduate school) and 127 study programs offered:[8]

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Economics 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 Marine and Fishery
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Vocational
  • Postgraduate School

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