Address : Jl. KH. Agus Salim No. 170 Wonosari, Kabupaten Gunung Kidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), Indonesia
Gunung Kidul University is the only university in the southernmost regency of the Special Province of Yogyakarta (DIY). The private university was founded in 2001 by the late Prof. DR. H. Koesnadi Harjasoemantri, S.H., L.M., (former rector of Gadjah Mada University and also General Director of Higher Education Department in the Ministry of Education) and Drs. H. Yoetikno (former regent of Gunung Kidul).
GKU offers 6 majors divided into three faculties, namely Faculty of Social Sciences which covers State Administration, Sosiatri (Sociology of Deviant Behavior), and Developmental Economics; Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with majors such as Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Technology; and Faculty of Engineering which has one major, Civil Engineering. These majors seem to be in accordance with the demand of people’s current developmental, economical, social, and cultural situation.
Developmental Economics program is a study in the province of economical development, along with all the matters that go with it, and also of governmental policy in economical matters. Civil Engineering is a study of the application of basic science, especially in technological sector, in relation to planning and developing important facilities and infrastructure for society. Therefore, the program is divided into some more specific theoretical and practical majors such as Structure Building Engineering, Hydrology/Hydraulics, Construction Management, Transportation, and Geotechnical Engineering.
Sosiatri major is needed because some today’s problems fall into the field of this study, such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and the like. For that, as a people-oriented university, GKU tried to develop knowledge in accordance with people’s needs. It is really expected that the graduates of this university will be ready to ply their trade not only in the field of industry or government, but also in their society.
Even though it is not yet as popular as the other private universities in Yogyakarta, this very young university is definitely a choice for Gunungkidul people who are keen to pursue higher education, either high school graduates or workers. Until today, there are at least 329 active students in the university and over 40 lecturers from various fields. Of the total number of students, 60 percents are workers and 40 percents are regular students or high school graduates. Therefore some classes are held in the afternoon to adjust the students’ time.
The programs offered in Gunung Kidul University turns to be its most special features. Through the programs, GKU produces quality human resources in their respective fields. Firstly, Developmental Economics Program for instance, the students are taught to be independent, creative, and innovative economists. Moreover, they are required to become sharp and prudent in making decision and also be professional to develop people’s economical life. They have to have the capability to produce researches and findings useful to improve local economy.
Through State Administration Program, every student is shaped to become a policy analyst who will be responsive to public needs, can formulate the best policy for public and devise strategies of policy implementation to achieve a certain objective effectively, efficiently, and not to mention, impartially. Furthermore through this program, students are expected to become public managers who are up to the tasks of managing and increasing the works of public organization to face both domestic and global challenges which are likely to get more complex over time. They have to also be able to design and apply some kind of public administration reformation.
In the course of Sosiatri Program, that focuses on civil development, GKU attempts to generate human resources that really master social sciences epistemology and development. They are expected to be able to analyze social situations and come up with responsible solutions.
As for Civil Engineering Programs, the students are trained to apply their knowledge both theoretically and practically, especially in project planning, designing, supervising and analyzing, and execution, and also in the field of research and development. Today, GKU has developed Civil Engineering and Agricultural Technology Programs further by maintaining cooperation with Saudi Arabia government. The aim of this cooperation is to provide way for Civil Engineering and Agricultural Technology graduates from GKU to become educated forces that can be placed in Saudi Arabia. This becomes a big opportunity for those who want to work immediately after graduating, moreover as the related programs can be completed in three years.
Gunung Kidul University is located in a very strategic place. It is in the town of Wonosari, precisely at K.H. Agus Salim Street, No. 170 Wonosari, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Province of Yogyakarta.
The campus of Gunung Kidul University is easy to reach either by public or private transports. Taking a bus from Yogyakarta, you will have to get off at Siyono intersection because the bus will not pass the university. However, from the intersection it is very close to the place, about 500 meter so that you can just take a short walk. If you want to get there faster, at the intersection you can take a cab heading for Wonosari.
You will not get charged for anything at Gunung Kidul University. It is totally free.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
Being new, Gunung Kidul University is not yet fitted out with some facilities. There are only classrooms, library, and cooperative for students, staff, and lecturers.
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Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)