Gadjah Mada University

Gadjah Mada University (Javanese: ꦈꦤꦶꦥ꦳ꦼꦂꦱꦶꦠꦱ꧀ꦓꦗꦃꦩꦢ; Indonesian: Universitas Gadjah Mada, abbreviated as UGM) is a public research university located in Sleman, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Officially founded on 19 December 1949, Gadjah Mada University is one of the oldest and largest institutions of higher education in the country.[6][7] It is widely known as the largest and the first state university in the nation. It has been credited as one of the best universities in Indonesia. In the 2023 QS World Universities Ranking, UGM is ranked 1st in Indonesia and 231st in the world.[8][9][10]

Gadjah Mada University
Universitas Gadjah Mada
University emblem[1]
MottoMengakar Kuat, Menjulang Tinggi
Motto in English
Locally Rooted, Globally Respected
TypePublic university
RectorOva Emilia[2]
Academic staff
2,707 (as of 2020)[3]
Students56,110 (as of 2020)[3]
Undergraduates33,133 (as of 2016)
Postgraduates15,637 (as of 2016)
2,693 (as of 2018)[3]
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 360 acres (150 ha)
ColorsLight khaki  

When the university was established in the 1940s under Dutch rule, it was the first medicine faculty freely open to native Indonesians,[11][12] at a time when native education was often restricted.[13]

Comprising 18 faculties and 27 research centers, UGM offers 68 undergraduate, 23 diploma, 104 master and specialist, 43 doctorate and 4 clusters of post doctoral study programs. The university has enrolled approximately 55,000 students, 1,187 foreign students, and has 2,500 faculty members.[14][15] UGM maintains a campus of 360 acres (150 ha),[6] with facilities that include a stadium and a fitness center.[16]

The university is named after Gajah Mada, a 14th-century leader of the Majapahit Empire of Java, considered by some historians to be the nation's first unifier;[17][18] the university's name still reflects the old Dutch-era spelling.[18] The seventh and current President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, earned his degree in forestry at UGM in 1985.[19]


Dies Natalis celebrations in 1950
First Rector of Gadjah Mada University, Prof Dr. Sardjito with Prof. Harry R. Wellman (President of University of California) (1960)

UGM was the first state university in Indonesia, established as Universiteit Negeri Gadjah Mada (UNGM) when Indonesia was still facing threats from the Netherlands, who wanted to regain control. At the time, the capital of Indonesia had moved from Jakarta to Yogyakarta.[20]

UGM was established through Government Regulation (PP) No. 23 of 1949, regarding the merger of colleges to form a university. Although the regulations were dated 16 December, UGM's inauguration took place on 19 December, intentionally chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Dutch invasion of Yogyakarta, exactly one year prior on 19 December 1948. The intentional date was meant to show that one year after the Netherlands had invaded the city, the government would establish a nationwide university there.[20]

When it was founded, UGM had six faculties: Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy; Law, Economics, Social and Political Sciences; Engineering; Letters, Pedagogy and Philosophy; Agriculture; and Veterinary Medicine.

From 1952 until 1972, the Faculty of Law, Social and Political Sciences was split into two faculties: the Surabaya branch of the Faculty of Law, Social, and Political Sciences; and the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, which was integrated into IKIP Yogyakarta (now Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta).[21]

During its initial years of Dutch resistance, the university taught literature and law in the buildings and other facilities belonging to the palace of Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, who volunteered his palace for the university's use.[22] UGM gradually established a campus of its own in Bulaksumur, on the northern side of Yogyakarta, and now occupies an area of three square kilometres.[21]

Faculties and Schools

Balairung, home of the university's central administration offices
Main Gate

The UGM main building is called the Balairung, a rectorate building, in Sleman. Nearby is the Graha Sabha Pramana, a large building utilized for graduation ceremonies, with an adjoining square used for sport and recreation.[23] There is also a university library and a sports center, consisting of a stadium, tennis court, and basketball field.

Most of the main campus is located in Sleman, with the small parts (such as part of the Vocational School and part of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) is located within Yogyakarta city.

The UGM administration is divided into 18 faculties, offering study programs from the undergraduate to post doctoral level.[14] There is also a vocational school offering vocational study programmes.[24]


International Programmes

International Student Admission UGM - Undergraduate & Graduate (2020)
North America (US & Canada)
South America
Source :

Gadjah Mada university provides some major programs in English and admits international students. In 2018, there are 1,334 international students who originally come from Asian countries, 566 European students, 214 Australian/Oceanian students, 101 Canadian & US students, 58 African students, and 12 South American students who study in the 18 faculties of Gadjah Mada University.[25]

Undergraduate Programmes

The undergraduate programs in English as follows.[25]

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Medicine[26]
  • Pharmacy
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Geophysics
  • Biology
  • Animal Science
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy & Management
  • Communication Science
  • Geodetic & Geomatical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
Animal Science faculty Building (2021)
Animal Science faculty Laboratory (2021)

Computer Science International Undergraduate Programme

CSIUP began in the 2012 academic year. It offers undergraduate computer science classes in English. It teaches algorithm and software design, intelligent systems, programmable logic and embedded systems, and mobile computing. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has been teaching Computer Science courses since 1987 (BSc), 2000 (MSc), and 2003 (PhD), organized jointly by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics, which has also offered courses in Electronics and Instrumentation since 1987 (BSc). In 2010, the Department of Computer Science and Electronics (DCSE) was formed by merging Computer Science resources within the Department of Mathematics with the Electronics and Instrumentation group within the Department of Physics. Students of DCSE have won gold medals in robotics competitions both nationally and internationally (in Korea in 2012 with a humanoid robot, and in the US in 2013 with a legged robot).

Medicine International Undergraduate Programme

In 2002, UGM began offering an English-language-based medicine programme for overseas and Indonesian students to study medicine with an international standard curriculum.[27] The International Medicine Programme is over five years, with the first three and a half years being study and a further one and a half years of clinical rotations. The programme is designed around a problem based learning approach, making use of small study groups.

International Graduate Programmes

The graduate programs in English as follows[25]

  • Management & Business (MBA)
  • Law (LLM)
  • Economics Development (M.Ec.Dev)
  • Medicine
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Geological & Geo-resources Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
  • Religious and Cross-cultural Studies
  • Disaster Management
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy & Management
  • Communication Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Geographic Science
  • Forestry Science
  • Anthropology
  • American Studies


UGM Graduate School Building in Yogyakarta Campus
UGM Business School Building in Jakarta Campus
  • UGM Graduate School
  • UGM Vocational School

Business school

In 1988, UGM opened a master's programme in management (MM-UGM), to train students in business practices. The program is a collaboration with the University of Kentucky and Temple University. The Faculty of Economics and Business UGM is ranked among 5% of world best business schools after it received an international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation.[28] In 2010, UGM opened a similar campus in South Jakarta, Jakarta.[29]

Medical school

The Faculty of Medicine UGM is one of the oldest medical schools in Indonesia, having been established on 5 March 1946. It is ranked number 72 by the Times Higher Education Supplement 2006 for biomedicine.[30]

Engineering school

Prior to being part of the Gadjah Mada University, the faculty of engineering was already providing engineering education under name of STT Jogjakarta since 1946. After the university of Gadjah Mada establishment meeting on May 20, 1949, STT Jogjakarta changed its name to the faculty of engineering of Gadjah Mada University and admit 205 students. The faculty consists of 3 departments: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Between 1957 and 1966, the engineering faculty received support from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). UCLA gave books, equipment, and scholarship to lecturers as well as sent their professors to teach in the faculty of engineering of Gadjah Mada University.[31]

Currently, the faculty of engineering has 8 departments: Architecture & urban planning, civil & environmental engineering, geodetic engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical & industrial engineering, electrical and informatics engineering, nuclear and physic engineering, and geological engineering. Each department has been accredited by ABET (USA), IChemE (UK), ASIIN (Germany), KAAB (South Korea), AUN QA (ASEAN), IABEE (Indonesia), and BAN-PT (Indonesia)[32]

Double Degree Programmes

Gadjah Mada University provides the undergraduate & graduate Double Degree programmes by collaboration with selected and prestigious university at USA, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia and Japan, as follows:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Technology (Agricultural & Food Engineering)
  • Economics & Business
  • Economics Development
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Forestry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Law
  • Civil Engineering & Environmental Infrastructure Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Information Technology
  • Physical & Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Architecture, Urban Design & Regional Planning
  • Agro-Industrial Technology
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Science
  • Public Administration, Management & Policy
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Computer Science
  • Disaster Management
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Geo Information for Spacial Planning & Disaster Risk Management
  • Coastal & River Basin Area Management

Post Doctoral Programmes

  • Cluster of Social & Humanity Sciences
  • Cluster of Medical & Health Sciences
  • Cluster of Science & Technology
  • Cluster of Agro Complex / Life & Agro Sciences

Gadjah Mada University, SDGs Corner

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future"

The 17 SDGs are: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Partnerships for the Goals.

Research Centers

UGM has 24 university-level research and study centers:[33]

  • Center for Agroecology and Land Resources Studies
  • Center for Asia - Pacific Studies
  • Center for Disaster Studies
  • Research Center for Biotechnology
  • Center for Economic and Public Policy Studies
  • Center for Economic Democracy Studies
  • Center for Energy Studies
  • Center for Clinical Pharmacology Studies and Drug Policy
  • Center for Security and Peace Studies.
  • Center for Cultural Studies
  • Center for Population and Policy Studies
  • Center For Environmental Studies
  • Center for Pancasila Studies
  • Center for Pharmaceutical Industry and Health Technology Studies
  • Center for Food and Nutrition Studies
  • Center for Tourism Studies
  • Center for Rural and Regional Development Studies
  • Research Center for Management of Biological Resources
  • Center for World Trade Studies
  • Center for Studies in Regional Development Planning
  • Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies
  • Center For Marine Resource Development and Technology
  • Center For Transportation and Logistics Studies
  • Center For Women Studies

UGM maintains the Integrated Research and Testing Laboratory (LPPT), which is the university's central laboratory.[34]

International Collaborations

Gadjah Mada University has been collaborating with many overseas universities such as[35]


In 2013, the chemistry undergraduate program received accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom, the largest European-based international organization devoted to the advancement of chemical science. The first such international accreditation received by the university, it is effective from 5 March 2013 until March 2018.[36]


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[37]231 (2023)
QS Employability[38]301-500 (2020)
THE World[39]1001+ (2020)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[38]56 (2023)
THE Asia[39]301-350 (2022)

The university was ranked 231st in the world by the QS World University Rankings for 2023,[37] being the highest ranked school in Indonesia.

In 2022, UGM was ranked in the top 50 in the world, according to Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, using seven criteria of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE Impact Ranking this year included 1406 prestigious institutions throughout the world. In the overall assessment this year, UGM ranked 87th in the world. UGM ranked 10th under the No Poverty indicator, 12th under Decent Work & Economic Growth, 20th under Zero Hunger, 50th under the Peace, Justice, and Strong Institution indicators.

In 2021, UGM ranks 16th in the world for Zero Hunger, 24th in the Partnership for the Goals indicator, 25th in the world for No Poverty indicators, and 26th in the world for the indicator for Mainland Ecosystems (Life on Land). For the Clean Water and Sanitation indicator, UGM ranks 34th in the world, the Decent Work and Economic Growth indicator rank 41st in the world. For the Reduced Inequalities indicator, it ranks 49th in the world.

UGM also ranks 51–100 in the world for 5 SDGs, 101-200 for the 2 SDGs, and 201-300 for the other three SDGs.[40]

Student achievement

eSemar Xperimental
Microbubble Generator Technology developed by UGM Students (Mino Team). It was awarded as the first winner of the 2018 Ideas for Action organized by the World Bank and the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania.[41]
Mino Team presents the Microbubble Generator Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • The Most Innovative Presentation of Krannert Human Resource Case Competition and Executive Conference, Purdue University, USA, 2013
  • The Best Reviewer Award of International Accounting Section, American Accounting Association, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 2014
  • 1st winner of World Bank Group Youth Summit, Case Challenge Competition, Washington, DC, USA, 2021
  • The Most Outstanding Delegate & Honorable Mention Nottingham University Model United Nation (NUMUN) Competition, 2016
  • Gold Prize of International Case Competition, Hong Kong, 2021
  • 3rd winner of 5th Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA, 2012
  • Runner-Up of International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition (IHL MCC) Asia Pacific, 2022
  • Overall Highest Team Ranking of Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Meet, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
  • 4th winner of International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition (ICCMCC), Den Haag, The Netherlands, 2014
  • Honorable Mentions of Eric E. Bergsten Award of International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot), 29th Willem C. Vis (West) Moot, 2022
  • 1st winner of The Nuremberg Moot Court Competition, The Netherlands, 2022,
  • The winner of 16th International Veterinary Medicine Student Scientific Research Congress, Istanbul, Republic Turkey, 2014
  • The winner of Agricultural Engineering – Annual Regional Convention (AE-ARC), Philippine, 2022
  • The winner of Agricultural Engineering - Annual Regional Convention (AE-ARC), Malaysia, 2019
  • 2nd winner of International Microbiology, Parasitology, and Immunology Competition (SIMPIC), Thailand, 2017
  • Best Overall Presentation of International Forestry Student Association, Hokkaido, Japan, 2021
  • Silver Medal on Giant Jamboree, International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, France, 2021
  • The winner of The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation / IPSF Pharma Olympics, 2020
  • Gold Medal & Best Award of The International Invention and Innovation Exhibition (i-ENVEX) Competition, Malaysia, 2011
  • The winner of International Challenge of Emergency Medicine (KKU ICEM) Competition, Thailand, 2020
  • The winner of The Asian-Oceania Medical Students' Conferences (AMSC) Competition, Seoul, Korea, 2022.
  • 3rd winner of The Model Satellite Competition, Turkey, 2022
  • The winner of DAAD-Fraunhofer Technopreneur Award, Germany, 2007
  • The winner of Mondialogo Engineering Award, Stuttgart, Germany, 2009.
  • The winner of International Mathematics Competition (IMC), Bulgaria, 2021
  • 3rd winner & honorable mention of International Mathematics Competition (IMC), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2018
  • 1st, 2nd & honorable mention of International Mathematics Competition (lMC) Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2015
  • 3rd winner of International Mathematics Competition for University Students (IMC), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2008.
  • 3rd winner of International Scientific Olympiad on Mathematics (ISOM), Teheran, Iran, 2008.
  • The winner of Formula Student Netherlands (FSN) Competition, The Netherlands, 2022
  • The Best Public Safety App on “Public Safety App Challenge” at California, USA, 2014.
  • Best Chapter of The World Champions of Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2014
  • 6th winner of The International CanSat Competition, American Astronautical Society (AAS), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, 2022
  • 1st-place Winner of Battery-Electric Prototype category, Shell Eco-Marathon, 2022.[42]
  • 1st-place Winner of Green Wave Environmental Care Competition, organized by Sembcorp Marine Ltd, Singapore, 2021.[43]
  • 1st-place Winner of Indonesia Flying Robot Contest at 2021.[44]
  • 1st-place Winner of NewQuest Young Geothermal Explorationist Competition, 2021.[45]
  • Best Paper-International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials (SCESCM) in University of Technology Mara, Malaysia, 2020.
  • 1st-place Winner of Electric Car Design - PLN Innovation & Competition in Electricity (ICE), 2021.[46]
  • Best Student Prize - The Gawler Challenge by Unearthed dan Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia, 2020.[47]
  • 1st-place Winner - CulturIS-3D on International Invention and Innovation Competition (InIIC) Malaysia, 2020.[48]
  • 2nd-place Winner of United States Annual Student CanSat Competition organized by American Astronautical Society & sponsored by NASA, 2020.[49]
  • 1st-place Winner of BRI x Google Hackaton Competition, 2020.[50]
  • Gold Award - Architecture and Alumni Choice Award - Asian Young Designer Award, 2017.[51]
  • Gold Winner of Robot Contest in Connecticut USA, 2018.[52]
  • 1st-place Winner of Slum Housing Improvement Design of Public Work and Public Housing Ministry competition, 2015.[53]
  • 1st-place winner of Fire-Fighting category, 1st-place winner of Stand Balancing, and 2nd-place winner of Walker Challenge, Robogames competition, USA 2012[54]
  • 3rd Best Memorial Award Asia Cup 2012. International Law Moot Court Competition Asia Cup 2012, Japan[55]
  • 1st Best Mooter (Mr. Dylan Jesse Andrian), Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot 2022[56]
  • The Best Technical Innovation Award for eSemar Xperimental, Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) 2011, Malaysia[57]
  • Winner of Outstanding Achievement in 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – China Association for Science and Technology 2011 in Los Angeles[58]
  • 1st winner of Creative Robot, The 13th International Robot Olympiad 2011, Indonesia[59]
  • The Standard Commercial Movie Category Award, 7th GATSBY Student CM Award[60]

Student life

Student orientation

Undergraduate Student Orientation & Training (2017)
Undergraduate Student Welcoming Ceremony (2017)

Every year UGM welcomes new undergraduate students by holding a one-week student orientation session called PPSMB Palapa (Pelatihan Pembelajar Sukses bagi Mahasiswa Baru Palapa, "Training for New Students to be Successful Learners", named after Palapa oath),[61] which involves a short course introducing UGM's common knowledge, values, rules, and soft-skill education. On the last day of the program, there is a closing ceremony where students make a formation of a symbol or logo. In 2018, the students created a formation called Bersatu Nusantara Indonesia ("United Indonesian Archipelago") with the Indonesian national flag, to encourage a spirit of unity across differences in the country.

Community service

UGM organizes a community service called KKN-PPM (short for Kuliah Kerja Nyata-Pembelajaran Pemberdayaan Masyarakat or "Student Community Service-Community Empowerment Learning", in English), which is obligatory for undergraduate students. KKN-PPM is a research-based community service offered three times each academic year, in the middle of both the odd semester and even semester and between these two semesters. Not only local students joining the KKN, but also international academicians, including lecturers and students, are involved in KKN-PPM UGM. In 2011, 150 international students participated in KKN-PPM, coming from many countries, such as South Korea, Australia, France, the US, and Norway.[62]

Other activities

Horse Riding Student Club - UGM

The Sports Activities Unit is coordinated by the Secretariat of Joint Sports, and the Arts Unit is coordinated by the Joint Secretariat of Arts.[63]

Sports activities include swimming, diving, inkai karate, kenpō, the Indonesian martial art pencak silat (including the variants of pencak silat merpati putih, self periasi pencak silat, pencak silat pro patria, and pencak silat setia hati terate), taekwondo, judo, hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, athletics, equestrian, bridge, badminton, chess, and tennis.

Arts activities include Arts Style Yogyakarta (Swagayugama), Art Style Surakarta, Balinese dance, creative dance, photography, fine arts, Gamma Band, marching band, ‘’keroncong’’, student choir, theatre, and others arts.

Javanese Traditional Dance Performance by UGM Student

Other activities include Publisher Student Press Agency, Mapagama, Student Health Unit, Scout, Satmenwa, Cooperative Students "Kopma UGM", and AIESEC.

Spirituality activities include the Unit of Islamic Spirituality (Jama'ah Shalahuddin), Unit of Catholic Spirituality, Christian Spirituality Unit, Hindu Spirituality Unit, Buddhism and Spiritual Unit.

Reasoning activities include the Interdisciplinary Unit of Scientific Reasoning, Gama Scholar Reasoning Unit, and English Debating Society.


There are sepeda kampus (campus bike) service available inside UGM, with 8 stations and 5 substations across the campus.

UGM campus is also served by Trans Jogja bus stations in several locations, notably near the Faculty of Medicine, Vocational School and lecturer's eastern housing.

Other facilities

UGM University Museum

UGM Campus Mosque is a mosque owned by UGM and situated within its campus. It was designed entirely by the students of UGM Architecture Engineering department. It holds maximum capacity of 10,000 pilgrims, making it one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia.

Madya Stadium, the softball/baseball field, and the tennis courts are located in the valley of UGM. The stadium can be used for football, athletics, hockey, and other activities. These facilities are available to UGM students, staff and the public.[64]

The Student Center Hall is used for sports activities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and martial arts, and for exhibitions and artistic performances.

The open field in the valley of UGM can be used for musical performances or other student activities that require a wide open space.

Some of Gadjah Mada University's inventions are displayed in the University Museum along with the university's collections and memorabilia.

UGM also has several student dormitories across Yogyakarta[65]


Yogyakarta Principles

The Yogyakarta Principles—a set of principles set forth at Geneva, Switzerland, which were intended to apply international human rights law guidelines in support of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people—were developed at Gadjah Mada University.[66][67][68]

However, the Yogyakarta communities, civil societies, and the Sultanate of Yogyakarta have not subscribed to these principles. The principles were deemed as being against the Constitution of Indonesia and Pancasila ideology by the Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD), Islamic and religious groups, and civil prosecutors, who attacked the LGBT community as being suspect in "promoting communism or westernization", although the Yogyakarta Principles merely address ending violence, abuse, and discrimination of LGBT people.[68][69][70]

2016 student demonstration

In 2016, more than 1000 of UGM's student and staff flocked to the university's headquarters for a demonstration[71] that was said to be the biggest after the 1998 national demonstration. The demonstration went peacefully, with no damage reported by the university, although it got a bit heated when the university's rector, Mrs. Dwikorita Karnawati, claimed that the demonstration was a simulation officially held by UGM.[72][73][74] There were three factors that led to this demonstration: tuition (uang kuliah tunggal) that was deemed too expensive; the university's status as a "state university with corporation status" (PTNBH), which led to the tuition fee rate ruling by the university; and to stop the relocation of so-called "bonbin" canteen located between Faculty of Cultural Sciences and Faculty of Psychology.[71][73]

2017 refusal to report alleged sexual assault

On 5 November 2018, UGM's student publication body BPPM Balairung through its online portal published an article containing the account, from a female student ("Agni"), of an alleged rape she experienced at the hands of a male fellow student ("HS") while doing a student work experience (Kuliah Kerja Nyata – KKN) program in Seram Island, Maluku in June 2017.[75] However, the case is still under investigation.

When learning of the rape allegation, UGM–KKN officials chose not to forward Agni's accusation to the police. Instead, they were skeptical of Agni's account. Regardless, HS was pulled from the KKN program about a week later because he was deemed to be "incompatible" with other KKN participants.[76]

After Agni returned to Yogyakarta in September 2017, she received a C-grade for the program, apparently in retaliation for the shame her allegation had brought upon an official. Agni then filed a formal complaint about her alleged rape to higher-ranking officials at the university, who raised her grade to A/B but still did not report HS to law enforcement. Instead, the university agreed to pay for the counseling Agni had been seeking to deal with her trauma, as well as requiring HS to go to counseling as well. HS was allowed to take part in another KKN program the semester after the alleged rape, and he is expected to graduate soon.[77]

UGM spokesperson Iva Ariani confirmed the account as told in and says that the university is now taking further steps to investigate the rape allegation.[78] She admitted to Kompas that the case was happened, that UGM has "extraordinary empathy" for the victim and also "concerned" about the incident.[79][80]

Notable alumni

University rectors

  • Sukadji Ranuwihardjo – Rector of Gadjah Mada University (1973–1981)
  • Pratikno – Rector of Gadjah Mada University (2012–2014), current Minister of State Secretariat[81]


  • Anies Baswedan – Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia (2014–2016), academician, former Governor of Special Capital Region of Jakarta (2017-2022)
  • Yahya Muhaimin – Minister of Education (1999 - 2001)
  • Bambang Sudibyo – Minister of Education (2004 - 2009) & Minister of Finance (1999 - 2000)


  • Adrianus Mooy - former Governor of the Central Bank of Indonesia (1988–1993)
  • J Soedrajad Djiwandono – former Governor of the Central Bank of Indonesia (1993–1998), Junior Minister of Trade (1988–1993)
  • Perry Warjiyo – Governor of the Central Bank of Indonesia[82]





  • Ahmad Wahib – progressive Islamic intellectual

Arts and culture

  • Sapardi Djoko Damono – poet, professor at University of Indonesia
  • Artika Sari Devi – actress, model, Puteri Indonesia 2004 and Top 15 Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Helmi Johannes – Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia Executive Producer (2005–present)
  • Umar Kayam – author and former President of Jakarta Art Institute
  • Kuntowijoyo – historian, author
  • Eka Kurniawan – author, first Indonesian nominated for the Man Booker International Prize
  • Emha Ainun Nadjib – poet, public speaker
  • Jakob Oetama – founder of Kompas & CEO of Kompas Gramedia
  • Susanto Pudjomartono – second chief editor of The Jakarta Post (1991–2003), Ambassador to Russia (2003–2008)
  • Willibrordus S. Rendra – poet, lyricist, dramatist, and stage writer
  • Putu Wijaya – novelist

Science and technology

  • Marlina Flassy - anthropologist and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Cenderawasih University, where she was the first woman dean, and first indigenous Papuan to lead her faculty.
  • Basuki Hadimuljono — Minister of Public Works & Housing (2014 - 2019) & (2019 - Present)
  • Herman Johannes – Rector, scientist, former Minister of Public Works (1950–1951)
  • Soenarno - Minister of Public Works (2001 - 2004)
  • Djoko Kirmanto — Minister of Public Works & Housing (2004 - 2014)
  • Sutopo Purwo Nugroho—Leading spokesperson on issues about natural disasters in Indonesia
  • Mohammad Sadli – Minister of Mineral Resources (1973–1978), Minister of Labor (1971–1973), Professor of Economics at University of Indonesia
  • Lolo Soetoro – Geographer and stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States
  • Budi Karya Sumadi — Minister of Transportation (2016 - 2019) & (2019 - Present)

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