“The clarity of the morning sun on Thursday, March 11, 1976, add the clearness and the liveliness along the middle road of Solo’s north plaza until Siti Hinggil. The colorful ornament from fabrics and young coconut leaves and the clean red carpet which is laid out from Pegelaran until Siti Hinggil, give Siti Hinggil’s building a new fresh look, make it a perfect place for ceremony.” (Abu Alim Masykuri, 1977)

On 1953, after all the chaos have ended, it seemed the wish to establish its own public university appeared again since Solo is known as the center of the original Java’s culture, and there’s a big potential in teaching field, be it teacher staffs or students. So, the founding committee was formed, with Mohammad Saleh, the mayor back then, as the leader. Unfortunately, the effort was unsuccessful even before it was started.

The causes of it were the lack of economy be it regional or central government, the desire of some factions to establich their own private universities, and also the lack of sympathy from some Gajah Mada University’s peoples. And so, because of many obstacles, such as the commotion between political parties to fight for power in government and city development that was going on back then, have made the idea vanished. 

Ten years later, on 1963, Kota Praja Surakarta University (UPKS) suddenly appeared. This university was initiated by the regional government back then, which led by Utomo Ramelan. At this time too, the Communist Party was growing fast, affected various life matters back then. It also affected UPKS, knowledge about socialism was growing in the university’s education system. And then when G30 S incident occurred in Indonesia, eventually this university closed down not long after that because all socialism/communism things have been banned.

The idea of the establishment appeared again on January 11, 1968, when R.Kusnandar served as the mayor. He then formed the founding committee, but just like the previous committee, this committee also failed to realize the idea. The reason was also still the same as the previous ones, the central government couldn’t fund the idea of establish a new public university in Solo and also the lack of regional’s economy at that time.

At almost the same time, on 1966, Saraswati National University proposed itself to become a public university. It was allowed by the minister back then. Then, along with the other private and service universities, become one new university named Joint University of Surakarta (UGS). On June 1, 1975, eight universities that have joined in UGS was legally established. These eight universities are :  STO Negeri Surakarta, PTPN Veteran Surakarta, AAN Saraswati, Cokroaminoto University, Saraswati National University, Islam Indonesia University (Surakarta branch), 17 Agustus 1945 University (Surakarta branch), and Journalism Indonesia Surakarta Institute.

On the end of Desember, 1975, Minister of Education and Culture reviewed UGS and made sure that on March 11, 1976, UGS would become public university.

Further, UGS would be combined with the other public and private universities to form one public university in Solo. These universities are Teacher Training and Education Institute, Sports Specialised College, Niaga Negeri Administration Academy that has been integrated into Niaga Negeri Administration Academy  in Yogyakarta, Joint University of Surakarta, Faculty of Medical P. T. P. N. Veteran (Surakarta branch). The combined university consisted of 9 faculty, those were : Faculty of Education, Faculty of Teacher Training, Faculty of Cultural Literature, Faculty of Social Political, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economy, Faculty of Medical, Faculty of Agriculture, and Faculty of Technic.

Finally, with all the preparations that have been completed, Sebelas Maret Surakarta Public University was legally established on March 11, 1976. Since 1977, UNS has main integrated campus in Kentingan, Jebres, Surakarta has around 60 hectares that was obtained from the Mayor of Surakarta through The Decree of Surakarta’s Mayor on October 18, 1976 numbered 238/Kep/T3/1976. In the development, on 1982, the name and abbreviation Sebelas Maret Surakarta Public University (UNS Sebelas Maret), was set to Sebelas Maret University (UNS). The change of name and this abbreviation was officially announced through The Decree of Republic Indonesia’s President No. 55 Year 1982.