Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) was established on 19 December 1949 as a state and national university, located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Considered as the first university established by the independent Indonesian government, it serves as a pillar of educational awakening in Indonesia, and purports to be a defender and disseminator of Pancasila, the national ideology of Indonesia. As of today, UGM has 18 faculties, a vocational school, and a graduate school, offering more than 260 study programmes.
UGM’s mission is inspired by the spirit of the three pillars of the Higher Education (Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi): teaching, research, and community service. In 2017, approximately 48,000 students, both domestic and international, were studying at UGM in vocational, undergraduate, and graduate programmes. At UGM, students are provided with a vast array of opportunities to develop creativity and innovation in their realms through the support of modern infrastructure and information technology.
As a research university, UGM has been paying a great attention to research activities by motivating faculty members as well as students to conduct and publish their research. Furthermore, this effort is invigorated through the establishment of more than 20 study centres on diverse scientific fields. Commitment in active participation in the national development is also manifested in community services as well as community empowerment activities.
One of the prominent programmes in this case is the compulsory community service for students. Each year, around 7,000 students are sent to rural areas all over Indonesia for the programme. UGM has sheer resources of 2,756 faculty members and 5,045 non-academic staff with strong commitment for improvement. It does not come as a surprise when the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education named UGM as the 2017 best university in Indonesia.
UGM’s focus on research is in line with Indonesia’s national research policy, which covers important areas such as food security, energy, health, transportation, engineering, defence and security, maritime affairs, and humanities. In addition, research translation has also become UGM’s priority agenda. Through the Directorate of Business Development and Incubation, UGM has been working hard to translate prominent research into business and industry. Out of research, a number of products have been created and commercialised so that they are accessible to the people. UGM’s commitment is to build ‘water towers’ instead of ‘ivory towers’.
Being the university of the people, UGM has been consistently educating national leaders of Indonesia. President Joko Widodo, for example, is an alumnus of UGM. Together with President Widodo, a number of alumni are currently serving as ministers and local leaders in Indonesia and this signifies significant contribution to the development of the nation. With the rich variety of disciplines offered at UGM and its important roles nationally and internationally, UGM is the best option to experience first-hand the learning setting in an Indonesian atmosphere as well as an international one.