Address : Jalan Kaliurang km 15,5 Besi, Ngempak, Kabupaten Sleman Yogyakarta, Jalan Taman Siswa no 158, Yogyakarta
The Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), or Islamic University of Indonesia, was established on Rajab 27th 1364 or July 8th 1945 (40 days before Indonesian Independence Day) under the name of Sekolah Tinggi Islam (STI) in Jakarta. STI was a response of Indonesian national figures that did not find it acceptable that the existing universities at that time belonged to the Dutch (Technische Hoogeschool which is now Institut Teknologi Bandung [Bandung Institute of Technology], Recht Hoogeschool in Jakarta, and Sekolah Tinggi Pertanian [College of Agriculture] in Bogor). STI came into being as evidence that there was an educational awareness among Indonesian people.
Initiated by such national figures as Dr. Moh. Hatta (the Proclaimer of Indonesian Independence and former Indonesian vice president), Moh. Natsir, Prof. K.H.A. Muzakkir, Moh. Roem, K.H. Wachid Hasyim, and some others, STI became a center for educational development that was nationalistic and Islamic at the same time.
As the capital of the republic was moved to Yogyakarta, STI was relocated to Ndalem Pangulon, Yogyakarta, and re-inaugurated by President Soekarno on Rajab 27th 1365 H or April 10th 1946. STI, which was the only Islamic higher educational institution in Indonesia, was changed into a university with the name University Islam Indonesia in order to play a bigger role in Indonesian struggle of independence. Then, in 1947, the name was changed to Universitas Islam Indonesia (Islamic University of Indonesia or Al Jamiah Islamiyah Al Indonesiyah).
The alteration from STI to UII was marked with the opening of introductory class (a kind of pre-university class) in March 1948 in Pendopo Ndalem Purbojo, Ngasem, Yogyakarta. As for the official opening of UII, it was held on Rajab 27th 1367 or June 4th 1948 in Ndalem Kepatihan Yogyakarta and attended by some ministers and government and military high officials.
Thus, the Islamic University of Indonesia was officially set up as the new face of STI which had been running since three years before. At the beginning, UII opened four faculties, namely Faculty of Economics Faculty of Law, Faculty of Pedagogy, and Faculty of Religion.
Since then, UII, the oldest private university in Indonesia, developed very quickly with more than 22 branch faculties in across Indonesia (Surakarta, Madiun, Purwokerto, Gorontalo, Bangil, Cirebon, and Klaten).
However, with the government issued a policy that there should be no branches of a university, the branches then developed into new universities (either state or private) or merged with other existing universities. So, undirectly, it was UII that pulled the trigger of the emergence and development of universities in many cities in Indonesia. UII, thus, has become a real part of the national history of education.
Many Indonesian scholars from different disciplines are UII alumni. Among them are Prof. K.H. Abdul Kahar Muzakkir (the first UII Rector, 1945-1960), Prof. dr. Sardjito (UII Rector, 1963-1970), and Prof. R.H.A. Kasmat Bahuwinangun. Aside from those late persons, other UII graduated national figures who are still working these days (2009/2010) are Head of the Constitutional Court Mahfud M.D., Head of Judicial Commission Buysro Muqqodas, Head of the National Committee of Human Rights Ifdal Kasim, Head of LPSK (Witness and Victim Protection Agency) Abdul Haris Semendawai, Chief Director of Jakarta Futures Market Hasan Zein Mahmud, and Supreme Court Judge Dr. Artidjo Alkostas.
In 2009/2010 academic year, UII has 17.000 students from various departments. Nowadays, the university has 8 faculties, 5 diploma programs, 21 strata 1 (honors degree) programs, 3 professional programs, 6 strata 2 (post-graduate) programs, and 3 strata 3 (doctorate) programs. Most of the programs offered in UII are of A or B accreditation standard issued by the National Accreditation Body (BAN-PT).
In the 1990s, UII commenced the construction of the Integrated Campus on a land as wide as 36 Ha in Kaliurang Street Km. 15. Aside from this building, UII also has other campuses in Yogyakarta, i.e. for Faculty of Law in Tamansiswa Street and Faculty of Economics in Condong Catur, Yogyakarta.
UII has a good image in the mind of people, industry practitioners, and government. Since 2004, UII has been among universities that receive most funding gift from the government (more or less Rp 55 billion) for research and development. Beside, UII was one of 100 high-ranking universities in Indonesia according to Directorate General of Higher Education in 2008. In the same year, UII was among the big 20 according to webomatrics rating for the category of Indonesian university.
Cooperation with many universities from either domestic or abroad is maintained by UII in purpose of developing human resources and implementing the Quality Keeping System. Among the affiliated domestic universities are Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University, Riau Islamic University, Lancang Kuning University, North Sumatra Islamic University, Balikpapan University, Raden Intan State Institute of Islam, and Indonesian Police Academy. As for cooperation with foreign universities, UII has been working together with Monash University Australia, Pai Chai University Korea, University of Karlsruhe Germany, Kebangsaan University Malaysia, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), and Tokyo Metropolitan University.
Moreover, UII has also been working on education and research together with governmental bodies, such as with Department of Education, Department of Communication and Transportation, Department of Justice and Human Rights, Department of Social Services, Department of Manpower and Transmigration, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Judicial Committee, Provincial Government of Yogyakarta, Municipal Government of Yogyakarta, Regional Governments of Kulon Progo, Gunungkidul, Sleman, Magelang, Cilacap, Indragiri Hilir, and many others.
UII also maintains cooperation with a group of industrial bodies in terms of scholarship, UII graduate recruitment, collective seminar, and supplies of laboratory equipments. Among the industrial bodies are Microsoft Corp., PT. Astra, Exxon Mobile Oil, PT. Djarum, Tifico, PT. Tempo Grup, LG Innotek, PT. Tirta Investama Indonesia, PT. Pancaran Harapan Nusa Edugate, Acer, Cisco, Networking Academy, Oracle, ACICIS, Indonesian Advocates Organization (DPP IKADIN), Indonesian Advocate Association, Association of Indonesian Textile Industries, and Association of Indonesian Internet Service Providers. The work with the bodies above is carried out at university level. Out of that, there are also cooperations in the level of faculty and department.
UII student selection system is carried out through several methods. Apart from official selection test, the university selects its students also by the method of Penulusuran Siswa Berprestasi (PSB), a course through which a student can be accepted in a university because of his/her achievement in academic or extracurricular activities. The PSB course consists of some categories. All departments in UII accept PSB students in accordance to the quota and selection criteria set by the related faculty. The category of high-achieving student is for those with high-academic ability or students who have won a science competition at provincial, national, or international level, such as Science Olympic, student research competition, and so on.
As for the category of high-achieving student in extracurricular activities, it is for those who have talents and achievements in sport or art at international, national, or regional/ provincial level. Another category is high-potential yet financially disable student.
Moreover, UII opens international class with English as the medium of instruction. Among those that have international classes are Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Engineering.
Islamic University of Indonesia has campuses in different places. The integrated campus, constituting Faculty of Psychology, Faculty of Medical Science, Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning, and Faculty of Islamic Studies, is situated at Kaliurang Street, Km. 15,5, Besi, Ngempak, Sleman, Yogyakarta. The other two campuses are for Faculty of Economics at Condong Catur, Depok, Sleman, Yogyakarta, and Faculty of Law at Taman Siswa Street No. 158, Yogyakarta. Aside from those campuses, there is the university administration office at Cik Di Tiro Street, Terban, Yogyakarta.
It is very easy to reach the UII campuses because all public transports in Yogyakarta make them as one of their destinations. To get to the integrated campus in the north part of Yogyakarta, visitors can take a bus from Giwangan Bus Station to Kaliurang and stop right in front of it.
There is no charge to get in to UII.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
To support students and staff activities, the Islamic University of Indonesia provides facilities as follows:
Text: Adi Tri Pramono
Photo(s): Collection of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)