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|Established||October 15, 1949|
|Rector||El Amry Bermawi Putera|
|Campus||Sawo Manila Campus; Bambu Kuning Campus; R.M. Harsono Campus|
|Colors||Green, 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.
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:
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.
|2009–present||El Amry Bermawi Putera|
|1997–2009||Prof. Umar Basalim|
|1993–1997||Prof. Achmad Baiquni, Ph.D|
|1968–1992||Prof. Mr. Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana|
|1965–1968||Dr. Muh. Sukmadi|
|1951–1965||Prof. Dr. Soekirno|
|1949–1951||Prof. Soedjadi Setjonegoro|
Universitas Nasional is organized into several schools and academies, each with a dean/director.