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Universitas Nasional

Universitas Nasional
MottoPioneering Transformation
EstablishedOctober 15, 1949
RectorEl Amry Bermawi Putera
CampusSawo Manila Campus; Bambu Kuning Campus; R.M. Harsono Campus
ColorsGreen, red and white      

Universitas Nasional (UNAS or Nasional University) is the oldest private university in Jakarta and the second oldest in Indonesia. It was founded by several Indonesian scholars on October 15, 1949, as Akademi Nasional.[1]


Founding and early history

Universitas Nasional was founded on October 15, 1949 at the initiative of Indonesian scholars gathered in the Association of Advancing Science and Culture (Perkumpulan Memajukan Ilmu dan Kebudayaan, PMIK). The founders included Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, R. Teguh Suhardho Sastrosoewignjo, Soedjono Hardjosoediro, Prof. Sarwono Prawirohardjo, Prajitno Soewondo, Hazil, Kwari Kartabrata, Prof. Dr. R. M. Djoehana Wiradikarta, R. M. Soebagio, Ny. Noegroho, Dr. Adam Bachtiar, Dr. Bahder Djohan, Dr. Johannes Leimena, Ir. Abd Karim, Prof. Dr. Soetomo Tjokronegoro, Ali Budiharjo, Poerwodarminta, Soetikno, Ir. TH. A. Resink, Dr. Soemitro Djojohadikoesoemo, Noegroho, Soejatmiko, HB Jassin, Mochtar Avin, L. Damais, M. Akbar Djoehana, Miss Boediardjo, and Miss Roekmini Singgih. Courses led by Dr. Adam Bachtiar gave an understanding on science to Indonesian citizens. PMIK then opened an afternoon high school to students who worked in the morning to continue their study.

PMIK services then broadened to establish an academy called Akademi Nasional. Those who did not want to enter Dutch East Indies colonial university, Universiteit van Indonesia (which is now the University of Indonesia), could enlist at Akademi Nasional (which became Universitas Nasional). The first lectures were held at the first campus on Jalan Diponegoro, Central Jakarta on October 15, 1949, which is taken as the birth of Universitas Nasional.

The naming of academy instead of university was to avoid colonial rules in Jakarta which did not allow the opening of a post-secondary education formed by native Indonesians. Akademi National had supervising five faculties:

  • Social, Economics and Politics
  • Biology
  • Maths and Physics
  • Indonesian Literature
  • English Literature

Despite being a private university, the Ministry of Education, Teaching and Indonesian Culture in Yogyakarta had been given recognition and equal status to Akademi Nasional through a letter No. 548/S on December 22, 1949. The next development of legalization was through a notary, R. Soewandi, PMIK was changed into YMIK on September 1, 1954 and Akademi National would place its name as Universitas Nasional.

During the university’s second lustrum, October 15, 1959, the first Indonesian president, Soekarno, bestowed the title “the University of Liberation”.

At first, YMIK, for diploma programs, ran a National Foreign Language Academy (Akademi Bahasa Asing Nasional, abbreviated as ABA in 1970), National Accounting Academy (Akademi Akuntansi Nasional in 1974) and National Tourism Academy (Akademi Pariwisata Nasional). Today, Universitas Nasional and its academies have begun to open another 32 programs of study at Diploma, Undergraduate and Graduate levels respectively.


Sawo Manila, Bambu Kuning, and R.M. Harsono



Universitas Nasional is governed by a Board of Trustees and the rector. The chairman of the board is Prof. Ibrahim Abdullah. Other trustees include Ramlan Siregar and Asyathry Said Umar.


The rector of Universitas Nasional is the university's chief executive officer, appointed by the Board of Trustees. The current rector of Universitas Nasional is El Amry Bermawi Putera.[citation needed]

He was the vice-rector of finance at Nasional University before being chosen by the Board of Trustees in 2009. Putera is the seventh rector of the university.

Years Rector
2009–present El Amry Bermawi Putera[citation needed]
1997–2009 Prof. Umar Basalim[citation needed]
1993–1997 Prof. Achmad Baiquni, Ph.D[citation needed]
1968–1992 Prof. Mr. Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana[citation needed]
1965–1968 Dr. Muh. Sukmadi[citation needed]
1951–1965 Prof. Dr. Soekirno[citation needed]
1949–1951 Prof. Soedjadi Setjonegoro[citation needed]

Schools and academies

Universitas Nasional is organized into several schools and academies, each with a dean/director.


  • Akademi Pariwisata Nasional
  • Akademi Bahasa Asing Nasional
  • Akademi Akuntansi Nasional


Postgraduate schools

  • Universitas Nasional Law School
  • Universitas Nasional School of Public Administration
  • Universitas Nasional School of Management
  • Universitas Nasional School of Political Science


  1. ^ "Selayang Pandang".

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