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Airlangga University

Universitas Airlangga
Motto "αριστείας και τα χρηστά ήθη" "Aristheias kai ta Christa Ithi" "Excellence with Morality"
Established 1954
Type Public University
Rector Prof. Dr. Fasichul Lisan, Apt. (2006-)
Undergraduates 19,376
Postgraduates 2,343
Location Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Campus Urban
Alumni 63,892
Colours Yellow and Blue          
Mascot Garudamukha
Affiliations ASAIHL, AUAP,[1] AUN, AUN-ACTS[2]

Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) is the second-oldest and one of the most prestigious university in Indonesia. Located in Surabaya, East Java, this university was established in 1948 as a distant branch of University of Indonesia, with roots dating back to 1913. It started with a medical school and school of dentistry. At present day, Universitas Airlangga is a prestigious university with an entrepreneurial focus that hosts 13 faculties with more than 24,143 students (during the 2009–2010 academic year) and nearly 1,571 faculty members. In addition to that, Universitas Airlangga also has university teaching hospitals for the faculties of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry, a Tropical Medicine hospital, and the Institute of Tropical Disease Airlangga University, one of the leading research facilities in the world in its field, equipped with biosafety level 3 facilities.

Consistently ranked highly in major world university rankings, Universitas Airlangga has long been considered as one of the "Big 5" university in Indonesia, along with University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, and Gadjah Mada University. Universitas Airlangga also has many international partnerships worldwide, including ones with University of Bonn, Seoul National University, and University of Adelaide.[3]


  • Ranking 1
  • History 2
  • Name and symbols 3
  • Notable People 4
  • Faculties 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7


The QS Asian University Ranking 2014 has placed Airlangga University as the best university in "Citations per paper" category.[4] In 2010, Universitas Airlangga was ranked 466th worldwide according to the Top 500 QS World University Rankings 2010, as well as ranked 86th in the Top 200 QS Asian University Rankings 2011 (third in Indonesia after University of Indonesia and Gadjah Mada University). In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2011, Universitas Airlangga was placed fourth in Indonesia and 22nd in the Southeast Asia region. Universitas Airlangga alumni has frequently placed as prominent members of the Indonesian parliament and cabinet, and as regional leaders.

Universitas Airlangga has more than two internationally standardized quality management certificates for its management quality. For this reason, Universitas Airlangga has been the destination of foreign students who studies in Indonesia, particularly from Malaysia, Japan, Timor Leste, China, Thailand and some other European and African countries.

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine are among the best life science schools in Indonesia, ranked 45th in Asia[5] and 356th in the world by QS World University Rankings 2011.[6] The Faculty of Medicine's affiliation with the Dr. Soetomo Regional General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Eastern Indonesia and one of the central referral-hospital in Indonesia, provides students with the one of the best clinical experience and practical expertise training in the country. International and national scientific conferences are frequently held by the two faculties, showing the vast international network of the university.


Before Universitas Airlangga was established on October 11, 1847, the proposal to educate young Javanese to become health experts was submitted to the Dutch colonial government. On May 8, 1913 — through Edict No. 4211 of the Governor General of the Netherlands-Indies — NIAS (Nederlandsch Indische Artsen School = "Netherlands Indies School of Doctors") was founded as a medical education center in Surabaya. Since 1913, medical education in Surabaya was held on Jl. Kedungdoro 38, Surabaya. In 1923, NIAS was moved to the present-day location of the Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Airlangga, on Jl. Major General Prof. Dr. Moestopo Surabaya.

Dr. Lonkhuizen, the incumbent director of the Department of Health, proposed the establishment of School of Dentistry in Surabaya, which was pioneered from July 1928 until 1945. He received approval from Dr. R.J.F. Van Zaben, the succeeding director of NIAS. Later on, the school was better known as STOVIT (School tot Opleiding van Indische Tandarsten = School for Training Indies Dentists) with 21 students. During Japanese occupation STOVIT was renamed Ika-Shika Daigaku (医科歯科大学 = College of Medicine and Dentistry) under the supervision of Dr. Takeda as its first director (1942–1945).

Two years later, the post-WW II Dutch colonial goverment took over Ika-Shika Daigaku and then changed its name to Tandheelkundig Instituut (= "Institute of Dentistry"). In 1948, the school changed its status to Universitair Tandheelkundig Instituut (= Institute of College Dentistry) or UTI. Under the Republik Indonesia Serikat (RIS), UTI was renamed LIKG (Lembaga Ilmu Kedokteran Gigi = Institute of Dentistry) for four years, under the leadership of Prof. M. Knap and Prof. M. Soetojo. In 1948, both schools became branches of the Universitas Indonesia (UI) under the name of Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry.

Universitas Airlangga was officially established in 1954 by Government Regulation (Peraturan Pemerintah) No. 57/1954 and was inaugurated by the president of the Republic of Indonesia on November 10, 1954, coinciding with the celebration of the ninth national Heroes' Day. In the same year, the Faculty of Law of Universitas Airlangga (formerly a branch of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Politics of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta) was officially established.

Name and symbols

The name Airlangga is taken from the name of the reigning king of East Java in 1019–1042, Rakai Halu Sri Lokeswara Dharmawangsa Airlangga Anantawikramattungadewa (well known as Prabu Airlangga). The symbol of Universitas Airlangga is the mythical bird Garuda — the magical bird ridden by Vishnu — who carries an urn containing the eternal water "Amrta". This symbol represents Universitas Airlangga as the source of eternal knowledge.

The colors of the flag of Universitas Airlangga are dominated by yellow and blue; yellow symbolizing the golden greatness and blue symbolising the depth of the soul of a warrior. These colors are taken from the veil that covered Vishnu's statue at the founding ceremony of Universitas Airlangga by the first president of the Republic of Indonesia on November 10, 1954.

Notable People


There are 13 faculties in Universitas Airlangga, one postgraduate program and 127 study programs offered by the following faculties:[7]

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Economy and Business
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Marine and Fishery
  • Faculty of Nursing

External links

  • Universitas Airlangga
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Economy and Business
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Social and Political Science
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Fisheries and Marine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Institute of Tropical Disease Airlangga University


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  4. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2014". 
  5. ^ "Asian University Rankings - Life Sciences and Medicine". 
  6. ^ "Airlangga University, QS World University Rangkings 2011". 
  7. ^ (Indonesian) Academic profile of Airlangga University
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