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History of UNS

In 1953, the managers of education in Surakarta were desirous of establishing a state university. The desire to have a bright spot after the date of 11th January 1968 to obtain a positive response from the government, which then officially carried out a follow-up in 1972 with the enactment of TIM P2D (Collectors and Data Processing Team) Preparation State University in Surakarta through Surat Keputusan (Decree) Number 22 / Kep / VII-1/1972 dated 1st March 1, 1972. By letter No. 7 / pend.1 / K-Dept / 1972, dated 9th September 1972, the Mayor of Surakarta sent a “pre-proposal” of the establishment of state university in Surakarta to the central government through the Ministry of Education and Culture.

On 30th July 1973, the idea of establishing a state university in Surakarta was submitted to the DPRD (legislature) Surakarta municipality and approved by the Decree No. 5/DPRD VIII/1973 dated 22nd August 1973. Accordingly, on 14th June 1974, a coordination meeting of private universities (PTS) also resulted in a recommendation that the 12 private universities in the city of Surakarta were willing to merge into a state university. A team meeting dated July 5, 1974 has successfully formed a Presidium Chairman of the Joint College of Surakarta. College of the Joint Surakarta consist of High School Sports Surakarta, State Administration Academy of Surakarta, Saraswati University, Cokroaminoto University Surakarta Branch, Islamic University of Indonesia Surakarta Branch, and seven private universities, August 17 University Surakarta Branch, Surakarta Journalism Institute,  andFarming Academy.

Through Decree No. 55 Surakarta Mayor / Kep / C-6/1975, April 9, 1975, the Presidium of the State University Preparation formed Surakarta. On June 1, 1975, at the Exhibition Kraton Surakarta, agreed the birth of the Universitas Gabungan Surakarta (UGS-Joint University of Surakarta), which has eight faculties, namely the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Sport, and the Faculty of Geography. Forth UGS was in coordination with various universities in Surakarta and generate understanding with PTPN Veteran Surakarta Branch, and the Institute of Teacher Training and Education (Teachers’ Training College) of Surakarta to merge by way merge. The merger became the forerunner for the founding of the State University of Surakarta of March.


Universitas Negeri Surakarta Sebelas Maret (UNS) of March unveiled its founding on March 11, 1976 by Soeharto, President of the Republic of Indonesia by Presidential Decree No. 10 Tahun 1976 on the Establishment of the Sebelas Maret State University Surakarta. At that time, UNS has 17 courses organized in 9 faculties, namely the Faculty of Education (FIP); Faculty of Teaching (FKG), Faculty of Literature and Culture (F. Sasdaya), Faculty of Social and Political Science (Fisipol), Faculty of Law (FH), Faculty of Economics (FE), Faculty of Medicine (FK), Faculty of Agriculture (FP), and the Faculty of Engineering ( FT). UNS organization designated by the Minister of Education and Culture by SK No. 03/C/Depk/76, dated March 8, 1976, about Leadership While UNS. Acting (Acting) at the UNS environment, including Rector, Vice Rector I for Academy, Vice Rector II for Administration and Finance, and Vice Rector III for Student Affairs. At that time, Headquarters occupies UNS Surakarta Kraton performances, lectures and activities to be spread to several locations.

Since 1977, UNS has integrated the main campus in Kentingan, Jebres, Surakarta covering more than 60 hectares were obtained from the Mayor of Surakarta Surakarta major through Decree No. 238/Kep/T3/1976, dated October 18, 1976. In its development, in 1982 the name and abbreviation of Surakarta State as Sebelas Maret University Surakarta (UNS of Sebelas Maret), was set to become Sebelas Maret University abbreviated as UNS. The changing name and abbreviation was unveiled by Presidential Decree No. 55 of 1982.

The physical development of the campus is relatively quick and well balanced with developments in other sectors. In 1986, Prof. Dr. Koento Wibisono as the next rector established the foundations of growth acceleration. At present, changes have occurred, such as a good development in the academic field and the number of staff, as well as in strengthening the infrastructure of the campus.

After Prof. Haris Mudjiman, Ph. D became the next rector, UNS acceleration began to move into a better direction. High spirit and commitment to make a change is really needed to make progress in every side of life at UNS. The effect of these changes is very impressive.

Today, UNS is a young university with a remarkable growth. With many existing potentials, such as skin surgeon with a national reputation (Faculty of Medicine), the discovery of starbio and salt resistant rice (Faculty of Agriculture), and other progresses in every faculty and other work units. UNS is also one-step forward in the development of information technology. With a larger expansion of information technology networks, UNS Computer Center has made a history in UNS progress and development. Furthermore impressive history will occur along with the growth and development of this university.

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