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|Universitas Syiah Kuala|
|Motto||Jantong Hatee Rakyat Aceh (heart of Achehnese people)|
|Established||September 2, 1961|
|Rector||Prof. Dr. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng|
|Location||Banda Aceh, Indonesia|
|Campus area||1,324,300 m2|
Syiah Kuala University (Indonesian: Universitas Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah)), founded on September 2, 1961, is the largest and the oldest national university in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The name of the university is taken from the prominent theologian, Tengku Abdur Rauf As Singkili, who lived in the 16th century.
Unsyiah has twelve faculties, providing Associate, Bachelor, and master's degrees. Unsyiah has 131 laboratories for student lab work, student and lecturer experiments, and community service. The laboratories are spread across departments and faculties as follows: economics 2, veterinary science 11, law 1 engineering 29, agriculture 17, medical 27, mathematics and natural sciences 26, and one integrated laboratory
In the government's period of Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh became the science development centre. The students and the teachers came from around the world, such as Turki Sultanate, Iran, and India. During 1957, the beginning of the Acehnese Province was formed, the leaders of the Acehnese government agreed to place the foundation for the development of Acehnese regional education. On April 21, 1958, Yayasan Dana Kesejahteraan Aceh (YDKA) was formed.
YDKA was led by Regent M. Husen and afterward by Governor Ali Hasjmy. On June 29, 1958, the ruler of the Acehnese formed a special commission. The creator's commission was chaired by Governor Ali Hasjmy and Lieutenant Colonel T. Hamzah as the vice-chairman. His first work was to create Darussalam city as for student's city and Syiah Kuala for the name of university. Efforts were carried out by YDKA with the founder of the commission to bring about the Darussalam development and Syiah Kuala University.
The student’s city of Darussalam was officially opened by President Soekarno on September 2, 1959, accompanied by the cover opening of the Darussalam monument and the appointment of the first faculty of the Syiah Kuala University: the Faculty of Economics. The next September 2 was appointed as the Day of Education of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and is commemorated every year by the Acehnese people.
The embryo of Unsyiah was begun from the Faculty of Economics and was continued with the formation of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in 1960. Unsyiah as a university officially began on June 21, 1961. Along with that, Unsyiah opened the Faculty of Teacher Training and Pedagogy, and the Law Faculty and Human Knowledge. The development was followed by the founding of the Engineering Faculty, Agricultural Faculty, General Medicine Faculty, and Mathematic and Natural Science Faculty.
In 1998, Syiah Kuala University received a new student for a doctorate degree program in the field of Economic Knowledge.
Since being established, Unsyiah has been led by Colonel M. Jasin, Drs. Marsuki Nyak Man. A. Madjid Ibrahim, henceforth Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Hasan, MBA., Prod. Dr. Abdullah Ali, M.Sc., Dr. M. Ali Basyah Amin, MA., Prof. Dr. Dayan Dawood, MA., Pfeuidrof. Dr. Abdi A. Wahab, M.Sc, Prof. Dr. Darni M. Daud, M.A, and now headed by Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M.Eng.
There are ten faculties for undergraduate programs and seven faculties for graduate programme.
Syiah Kuala university has sport facilities such as tennis court, softball field, and football stadium. There are auditorium facilities, the Academic Activity Center (AAC) Building of Prof. Dr. Dayan Dawood, MA. Other facilities are telephone shop, internet cafe, post office, bank and ATM, public health center are on campus.
The Administration Center is a unit of the administration in the university consisting of several bureaus: Financial Administration Bureau, Academic Administration Bureau, Student Administration Center, and the Planning and Information Center.
Academic Activity Center or Multipurpose Building is a facility donated by OECF, Japan. The construction was completed in 2003. The building is used for activities by campus or public.
The academic service unit includes the Language Center, Manpower Service Center, Guidance and Counseling Center, Printing Unit, Student Clinic, Experiment Garden, Garage, General Course Unit, Intellectual Property Right Center, Center for the Arts, American Corner/American Study Center, Living Environment Research Center, Population and Human Resource Research, Science and Technology Research, Student Dormitory, Education Research and Development Center, Women Study Center, Traditional Food Study Center, Marine Science Center, Center for Research, Development and Training in Agriculture, customary Law Study center, Human Rights Study Center, and Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.
Syiah Kuala University has two division and two technical implementation units. They are Research Center and Community Service Center, Computer and Information System Center, and University Library. The library has intranet and internet connection with textbooks, reference, journals, serials, scientific writings provided by the society of academicians from Syiah Kuala University.
An academic quality assurance system was estabnlished in 2006. The organizational structure of this body includes quality assurance at the university, faculty and department/field of study levels. At the university level, it is called the Quality Assurance Body. At the faculty level, it is called the Faculty Quality Assurance Unit, and at the department/field of study level, it is called the Academic Quality Assurance Team. At the academic staff level, there is a quality control cluster. The QA system has the motto "Keeping The Quality, Increasing The Competitiveness".
The university provides infrastructure to support spiritual development through an Islamic Center. The complex of Islamic Center is under renovation to provide it with more comfort for religious activities. Madrasah Dinayah Mosque will be relocated to the Islamic Center complex. This center is planning to conduct studies on Islam, such as the spreading of Islam in Indonesia, the contribution of Fiqh Islam in the development of Indonesia literature, Islamic architecture and other matters related to Islam, as it is the only religion embraced by the Acehnese community.