Sanata Dharma University

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Sanata Dharma University
Latin: Universitas Sanata Dharma [la]
Former names
PTPG Sanata Dharma
FKIP Sanata Dharma
IKIP Sanata Dharma
MottoCerdas dan Humanis
(Bahasa Indonesia)
Motto in English
Excellent and Humanist[1]
TypePrivate, Research University
EstablishedOctober 20, 1955; 64 years ago (October 20, 1955)
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Jesuit)
RectorYohanes Eka Priyatma, Ph.D
Academic staff
Mrican, Tromol Pos 29, Yogyakarta
CampusMain campus - in Mrican
Campus II - on Affandi St
Campus III - in Paingan
Campus IV - in Kentungan
Campus V - in Kotabaru
ColorsRed clay

Universitas Sanata Dharma (English: Sanata Dharma University) is a Jesuit university in Yogyakarta in Indonesia. It is also known as USD or Sadhar. The two words, "Sanatana Dharma", come from the ancient Sanskrit language. "Sanatana" is a Sanskrit word that denotes that which is Anadi (beginningless), Anantha (endless) and does not cease to be, that which is eternal and everlasting. With its rich connotations, Dharma is not translatable to any other language. Dharma is from dhri, meaning to hold together, to sustain. Its approximate meaning is "Natural Law," or those principles of reality which are inherent in the very nature and design of the universe. Thus the term Sanatana Dharma can be roughly translated to mean "the natural, ancient and eternal way". The dedication is to the greater glory of God and the service is to humanity. Universitas Sanata Dharma has 8 undergraduate schools with 25 departments, along with 7 graduate programs, 1 professional program, and 3 certificate programs.


PTPG Sanata Dharma era (1955–1958)[edit]

In 1955 Catholic missionaries of the religious order of the Society of Jesus in Central Java along with lay intellectuals decided to found a teacher training college. With the support of the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, Father Kester, the superior of the Jesuit missionaries, united the diploma courses in Education under de Britto Foundation in Yogyakarta and in English under the Loyola Foundation in Semarang into a higher learning institution and so was born PTPG Sanata Dharma on October 20, 1955. At that time, Sanata Dharma had four departments: Education, English, History, and Natural Sciences. The superior of the Jesuit mission appointed Father Nicolaus Driyarkara as the dean and Father H. Loeff as the vice dean.

FKIP Sanata Dharma era (1958–1965)[edit]

In November 1958 Sanata Dharma was renamed FKIP Sanata Dharma (Faculty of Teacher Training and Education).

IKIP Sanata Dharma era (1965–1993)[edit]

In 1965 the Faculty was changed into IKIP Sanata Dharma (Sanata Dharma Institute of Teacher Training and Education). Since 1979 this institute has run both bachelor and diploma programs in mathematics, physics, Indonesian, English, and social science.

Universitas Sanata Dharma era (1993–present)[edit]

To meet the demands, needs and requirements of the community and the progress of science and technology, on April 20, 1993, IKIP Sanata Dharma was developed into Sanata Dharma University.[3]

Currently the university works in collaboration with 158 domestic and 19 foreign institutions,[4] and is listed by QS among top universities.[5] It also participates in the Fulbright visiting scholar program with the USA.[6]


Undergraduate schools[edit]

Graduate programs[edit]

Certified programs[edit]

  • English Extension Course
  • Training for Interactive Communication in English (60-hour program)
  • Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course[8]


  1. ^ Motto
  2. ^ Stats
  3. ^ "SANATA DHARMA UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  4. ^ "SANATA DHARMA UNIVERSITY". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  5. ^ "Sanata Dharma University". Top Universities. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  6. ^ "Sanata Dharma University-Indonesia-Yogyakarta | Fulbright Scholar Program". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  7. ^ Rector
  8. ^ "Language Institute - USD". Retrieved 2016-12-14.

Coordinates: 7°46′32.17″S 110°23′21.91″E / 7.7756028°S 110.3894194°E / -7.7756028; 110.3894194