A Brief History

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) was established on October 20, 1954 in Bandung, and was officially inaugurated by the Indonesian Minister of Education, Mr. Muhammad Yamin. UPI was initially a Perguruan Tinggi Pendidikan Guru (PTPG) or Teachers College which has undergone a metamorphosis to become a public university with wide-autonomy called PTNBH (Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Berbadan Hukum).

Recently, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia has made serious and rigorous efforts in expanding its services for the stakeholders. In addition to strong academic endeavors, the university also manages to refine its concept and masterplan. With the financial assistance provided by the Islamic Development Bank, Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and other financial support agencies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia has currently been equipped with modern infrastructure and elegant buildings within a green premise. Having all these excellent academic, infra-structure and masterplan, the university is confidently determined to be a leading and outstanding higher educational institution widely acknowledged at national, regional and international levels.

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) is one of a few selected Indonesian public and reputable universities with government special autonomy called Perguruan Tinggi Negeri badan Hukum (PTNbH). As part of its tridharma (three missions of teaching, research and community service), UPI has education as its true color or core business. Formerly a teacher’s college, this comprehensive university currently offers diverse fields such as educational sciences, education-based disciplines, religion, humanities, and social sciences, both pure and applied sciences. These disciplines are proportionally cross-fertilized to support its core business of education which is based on values of religion, scientific endeavor, human right and democracy.

As a public university with PTNbH status, UPI is given a wider autonomy in organizing its academic and non-academic endeavors. Having education as its true color, UPI emphasizes integrity and honesty-based character education. The university believes that education plays a significant and pivotal factor in the life of future generation. Within this belief, education should be able to empower and synergize the commitment of academics to develop a positive character which is based on independence, responsibility, and adaptability. Given its wider mandate, UPI also grows in academic community the value of cross-fertilization of pure and applied disciplines.

To develop its global competitiveness, the university has taken leading and outstanding as the new motto. Leading means that UPI manages to become the cutting edge of educational innovations. Meanwhile, outstanding indicates the university competitiveness as a regionally and globally prominent higher education institution with its unique and distinctive characteristics and specialties.

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