|Established||22 October 1985|
Samudra University (Indonesian: Universitas Samudra, abbreviated Unsam) is an Indonesian public university in the city of Langsa, Aceh. Initially an affiliate of the Syiah Kuala University, the university separated into its own organization in 1985 and was nationalized in 2013. The university possessed five faculties and 9,879 active students in 2014.
In East Aceh, the first higher education institutes were founded in 1963. In 1971, bureaucrats and politicians of Langsa formed a body to prepare the opening of a new institute. By 1976, two such institutes (teaching Law and Economics respectively) were opened, although permits were not registered until 1981.
It was nationalized into a public university (Perguruan Tinggi Negeri) in 2013 by Minister of Education Muhammad Nuh, and its statute was formalized the following year. Following this, the university capitalized on its status by forming partnerships with more established Indonesian universities such as ITB and the University of Indonesia. It was given an official public status in 2016, alongside 35 other universities. The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) placed it 1,032nd of 3,244 higher education institutes in Indonesia in 2016, rising to the 801-900 block in 2017.
There were 9,789 recorded students in 2014, just before the university started offering 16 new courses. Unsam participates in the SNMPTN and SBMPTN, in addition to SMMPTN-Barat which also involves other universities in Sumatra and surrounding provinces. From the exam-based SBMPTN, it offered about 700 slots for freshmen in 2017, compared to over 3,000 in University of North Sumatra.
The university has five faculties: Law, Economics, Agriculture, Education and Engineering which offers a total of 25 courses, divided into 15 "natural science" and 10 "social science" ones. Its campus consists of five buildings - the rectorate and individual faculty buildings excluding the Faculty of Economics - and is located immediately adjacent to a palm oil plantation.. Unsam was accredited C ("sufficient") in 2013 upon its nationalization, and its rating remain as of November 2017.
- "Sejarah Unsam" (in Indonesian). Samudra University. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "Peraturan Menteri Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia Nomor 23 Tahun 2014" (PDF). Gajah Mada University (in Indonesian). Ministry of Education. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Universitas Samudera di Kabupaten Langsa Kini Jadi Universitas Negeri". DetikCom (in Indonesian). 4 July 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Wurinanda, Iradhatie (2 March 2016). "Empat PTN Baru Siap Dipilih di SNMPTN 2016". Okezone (in Indonesian). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Primandari, Tika (6 January 2016). "Menristek Resmikan 36 Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Baru". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Hasil Peringkat Perguruan Tinggi Indonesia Tahun 2016" (in Indonesian). Kemenristekdikti. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Hasil Peringkat Perguruan Tinggi Indonesia Tahun 2017" (in Indonesian). Kemenristekdikti. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Dinamika, Yarmen (12 February 2014). "Unsam Buka 16 Program Studi Baru". Serambi Indonesia (in Indonesian). Kompas Gramedia. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Faruqi, Andri El (14 June 2017). "Setelah SBMPTN, Universitas Andalas Buka Jalur Seleksi Mandiri". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- Rialita, Nina (11 April 2017). "SBMPTN 2017, Kuota Unimed 2.000 Mahasiswa Baru, USU 3.162". PojokSatu Sumut (in Indonesian). Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "Nilai dan Peringkat Akreditasi" (PDF). Yogyakarta State University (in Indonesian). National Accreditation Body of Indonesia.