Bandung Institute of Technology

The Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesian: Institut Teknologi Bandung, abbreviated as ITB) is a national research university located in Bandung, Indonesia. Since its establishment in 1920, ITB has been consistently recognized as Indonesia's premier STEM-based academic institution and reserves its place among the country's top elite universities. It has produced many notable leaders in science, engineering, politics, business, academia, and culture.

Bandung Institute of Technology
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Former name
Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng (Dutch)
MottoIn Harmonia Progressio (Latin)
Motto in English
Progress in Harmony
TypePublic university
Established3 July 1920 (as Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng)
2 March 1959 (as Institut Teknologi Bandung)
RectorReini Wirahadikusumah
Academic staff
1,207 (as of 2014):[1]
Undergraduate: 19 (1.57%)[1]
Graduate: 300 (24.85%)[1]
Doctorate: 888 (73.57%)[1]
Students19,747 (as of 2014)[1]
Undergrad : 14,320 (as of 2014)[1]
Postgrad : 4,776 (as of 2014)[1]
Doctoral : 651 (as of 2014)[1]
Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung
6.890903°S 107.610378°E / -6.890903; 107.610378
795,646 m2[1]
ColorsDeep Cobalt Blue  [2][3]
AffiliationsABET, ASAIHL, AUN, EBA Consortium, ASEA UNINET, Global E3, AOTULE, SEATUC

ITB is ranked 235th internationally according to QS World University Rankings, and ranked 67th in QS Asian University Rankings.[4] Domestically, the university is ranked 2nd by QS World University Rankings and ranked 3rd by Times Higher Education.[5][6] ITB has the highest score threshold in Indonesia's national state university entrance test in science and technology. To this day, its engineering and science faculties are known to be the toughest to be admitted into.


De Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng, circa 1924-1932
The East Hall of Tecnische Hogeschool in Bandung in 1929
West Hall of ITB

Bandung Institute of Technology traces its origin to the Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng (THB) which was founded during the centuries-old Dutch colonialism of Indonesia. The project was initially proposed by Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha, a Dutch entrepreneur and philanthropist. His proposal was later approved by the colonial government to meet increasing demand of technical know-how in the colony.

The school building was designed in 1918 by a Dutch architect named Henri Maclaine Pont by blending Indonesian vernacular architecture with modern elements.[7] The school first opened its doors on 3 July 1920. By then, it only had one active department, the Faculty of Technical Science and one academic major, The Department of Road and Water Resources Engineering.

During the 1940s, the university rapidly changed hands and experience various renaming.

During the Japanese occupation in the Second World War and ensuing years, the school was renamed as the Industrial University by the Japanese administration. This name was short-lived as a few years later, the Japanese surrender paved the way for Indonesia's declaration of independence and the campus was renamed as Technical High School by the newly-declared republic.[8]

A year later, the Dutch colonial government would return to re-occupy Indonesia and took re-directorship of the campus. It was renamed again as Emergency University of Dutch East Indies as the Indonesian National Revolution raged across the colony. It was during this time that the campus would begin operating the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science under the University of Indonesia.

On 2 March 1959, the two faculties of University of Indonesia in Bandung was declared a separate academic entity. Bandung Institute of Technology was founded for higher learning in natural sciences, technologies, and fine arts.[9]


ITB Library in 2007

The ITB main campus along with its other campuses, cover a total area of about 770,000 square metres.[10]

Ganesha Campus

The original and main campus in Ganesha has a wide range of facilities. Apart from lecture classes and laboratories, the campus boasts an art gallery, a dedicated sports centre, central library, medical clinic and extracurricular areas.

Jatinangor Campus

Due to the increasing number of students, the decision was made to develop another campus elsewhere. The second campus in Jatinangor served as an integral part of the university and is on the same standing as the Ganesha campus.

Cirebon Campus

ITB plans to build a brand-new campus in Cirebon so as to anticipate future research and educational endeavors. This will be the university's commitment in further developing human resources of Indonesia.


Quality and Reputation

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[11]235 (2023)
QS Employability[11]301-500 (2022)
THE World[12]1201-1500 (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[11]63 (2023)
THE Asia[12]301-350 (2022)

ITB is ranked 235th at 2023 QS World University Rankings, and ranked 63rd in QS Asian University Rankings.[11] ITB is universally and consistently placed among the top three elite universities in the country, having the highest score threshold in Indonesia's national state university entrance test in 2009. Out of the 422,159 candidates who applied, only 2,000 are successfully admitted.[13] To this day, engineering faculties in ITB is nationally accepted as the finest in the country and as such, they are among the toughest to be admitted into.

Apart from STEM-based faculties, the campus also opened a business school called the School of Business and Management (SBM). SBM is considered as the most prestigious and elite business school in Indonesia and regarded as the best business school in Indonesia by eduniversal ranking, global brand magazine and SWA Magazine, the most popular business magazine in Indonesia.[14]


According to the rector of ITB, ITB had built an eight-storey mining research centre for both national and international research such as research on oil reservoirs, production optimisation, geological exploitation and coal exploitation development worth Rp110 billion ($12.1 million).[15]

Faculties and Programs

Consisting of 12 faculties and schools, ITB is not only focused on the fields of STEM but also arts and business management which have been recognized at national and international levels.[16]

Natural Sciences Cluster

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS)

Indonesian: Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (FMIPA)

School of Life Sciences and Technology - Science Program (SLST-S)

Indonesian: Sekolah Ilmu dan Teknologi Hayati - Program Sains (SITH-S)

Pharmacy Cluster

School of Pharmacy (SP)

Indonesian: Sekolah Farmasi (SF)

Engineering Cluster

School of Life Sciences and Technology - Engineering Program (SLST-E)

Indonesian: Sekolah Ilmu dan Teknologi Hayati - Program Rekayasa (SITH-R)

Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology (FEST)

Indonesian: Fakultas Ilmu dan Teknologi Kebumian (FITB)

Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering (FMPE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Pertambangan dan Perminyakan (FTTM)

Faculty of Industrial Technology (FIT)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknologi Industri (FTI)

School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (SEEI)

Indonesian: Sekolah Teknik Elektro dan Informatika (STEI)

Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Mesin dan Dirgantara (FTMD)

Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (FCEE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Sipil dan Lingkungan (FTSL)

School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPD)

Indonesian: Sekolah Arsitektur, Perancangan, dan Pengembangan Kebijakan (SAPPK)

Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities Cluster

Faculty of Art and Design (FAD)

Indonesian: Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain (FSRD)

School of Business and Management (SBM)

Indonesian: Sekolah Bisnis dan Manajemen (SBM)

Faculty of Art and Design (FAD)

FSRD ITB is a bright and enthusiastic higher education institution at the forefront of Indonesian undergraduate and graduate visual art and design studies. The academic aim of the FSRD ITB is to deliver higher-quality education, research, and community services in all areas of visual art and design. The rich blend of technical and artistic knowledge, intersecting with the borders and frontiers in the domains of sciences, engineering, and business at ITB, is the trademark of visual art and design education at FSRD.[17] In 2022, Art and Design program in the FSRD ITB was one of the QS World's top 20 Art & Design schools in the Asia region.[18]

Notable people and alumni

ITB has produced more than 120,000 alumni who play a significant role in nation-building, among others are:[19]


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