First National University in Indonesia di Indonesia

Universitas Islam Indonesia was founded in Jakarta on 27 Rajab 1364 H, coinciding with 8 July 1945, under the name of Sekolah Tinggi Islam (STI). STI is a noble ideal of Indonesia’s national figures upon contemplating that all colleges were owned by the Dutch colonial government back then. STI was born to demonstrate awareness of education among the local people.

Historical Milestones of UII

  • 1945

    8 July 1945 – Sekolah Tinggi Islam (STI) was officially founded in Jakarta

  • 1946

    10 April 1946 – Sekolah Tinggi Islam was officially opened in Yogyakarta

  • 1947

    14 December 1947 – STI Improvement Committee designated STI as Universitas Islam Indonesia, domiciled at Yogyakarta, with some early faculties, i.e. the Faculty of Religious Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education, and Faculty of Economics.

  • 1948

    5 June 1948 – Official opening of Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) at Pendopo Kepatihan

  • 1950

    August 1950 – The Faculty of Religious Studies of UII became Perguruan Tinggi Islam Negeri (later became IAIN/UIN Sunan Kalijaga)

  • 1951

    Suspension of the Faculty of Education of UII and merger of Perguruan Tinggi Islam Indonesia Surakarta by UII.

  • 1952

    UII submitted its campus construction proposal to President Soekarno.

  • 1961

    Opening of the Faculty of Religious Studies (later became Faculty of Sharia) and Faculty of Tarbiya of UII.

  • 1962

    Opening of UII branches in Surakarta, Purwokerto, Cirebon, Klaten, Madiun, Bangil, and Gorontalo.

  • 1967

    The regulations of law of 1967 and 1968 required UII to merge branch faculties into main faculties in Yogyakarta and local universities.

  • 1972

    Construction of UII campuses in several locations in Yogyakarta (Tamansiswa, Demangan, Sorowajan, and Cik Di Tiro).

  • 1974

    The inauguration of UII building in Jalan Cik Di Tiro 1 Yogyakarta as UII’s main building.

  • 1983

    UII pioneered a piece of land for an Integrated Campus in Jl. Kaliurang.

  • 1987

    Preparation of the first Physical Development Master Plan for Integrated Campus.

  • 1988

    Construction of Provisional Campus in Condong Catur which later became the campus of Faculty of Economics of UII.

  • 1990

    Development of academic support infrastructures by upgrading the accreditation status of study programs under UII. Furthermore, this period also saw development of student activities, community service, and institutional cooperation.

  • 1993

    UII academic activities started to move to the Integrated Campus. Construction of academic facilities continues to date.

  • 1996

    Establishment of UII Islamic Boarding School as honors students recruitment program.

  • 2002

    By 2002, UII had eight faculties: Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Psychology (later became the Faculty of Psychology & Socioculture Sciences), Faculty of Maths and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, and Faculty of Civil Engineering & Planning.

  • 2003

    Enhancement of cooperation, quality assurance, and IT functions to support academic activities.

  • 2005

    Organizational restructuring to drive competitiveness in a dynamic and intense competition among universities.

  • 2008

    Dikti (Ministry of Higher Education) declared UII as the university with the best internal quality assurance in Indonesia.

  • 2009

    UII was awarded with ISO 9001:2008 certification for management and ISO 17025 for laboratory management.

  • 2010

    International recognition through ranking in Webometrics, 4ICU, Greenmetrics, and QS-Star. UII climbs in rank.

  • 2013

    Accredited “A” in Accreditation of Higher Education Institution by BAN-PT with the highest score for Private Universities nationwide.

  • 2014

    Pioneering international accreditation for several faculties, such as the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Planning, and Faculty of Maths and Natural Sciences.

  • 2015

    Kemenristekdikti (Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education) announced UII in the ranking of the 10 best universities in Indonesia based on management quality.

  • 2016

    UII received three-star award from QS Star with the highest score for Private Universities in Indonesia, and the first rank of Private Universities on Research Performance from Ristekdikti (Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education).

Chronological List
of Rectors of UII

Read their short profiles and get to know the Rectors of Universitas Islam Indonesia in chronological order via the following hyperlink

A Hindu Temple in

an Islamic Campus

Kimpulan Temple is an ancient site found during the excavation to lay the foundation of the under-construction Central Library in 2009. The temple site stands firm and preserved in the middle of Mohammad Hatta Building, UII Central Library

Historical Memento in

UII Museum

Universitas Islam Indonesia has a museum which hosts many items and information related to the historical journey of UII, from the time of its founding up to the period of recent progress. UII Museum is located in Mohammad Hatta building, UII Central Library, and opened for public. Schedule and procedure for visit is available through the following hyperlink