Address : Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Kentingan, Kecamatan Jebres, Kota Surakarta, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
The Sebelas Maret (eleven March) University of Surakarta, usually known as UNS Solo or UNS, has been in existence for over three decades since its foundation on 11 March 1976. Its establishment was aimed to encourage quality betterment of higher education in Surakarta. UNS has always been developing to achieve that aims and bent on becoming a world-class university in the future.
UNS has now gone through a long distance in the course of time and years of experiences brought along advancements in many aspects. The first development period of UNS was its first five years, when they started to build an independent campus by 1980. The strewn classrooms were integrated in a building upon a 60 acres land in Kentiigan, at the bank of Bengawan Solo. The first period of construction took five years.
Improvement of non-physical resources then became the focus as the physical development was done. It was all started after a new rector was elected, Prof. Dr. Koento Wibisono in 1986. Five years under the leadership of Prof. Koento, UNS progressed significantly. It was apparent if we see the development in the sectors of academic, the number of staff, and infrastructure.
This trend did not wear off even though Prof. Koento was no longer in charge. Now, UNS has become a very developed university despite its young age. Achievements like the nationally acknowledge skin surgeons from the Faculty of Medical Science, the invention of starbio and salt-resistant rice by the Faculty of Agriculture, and some others are proofs that UNS is already on the right path to further advancement.
Up to July 2010, the registered students of UNS add up to 25.722 people. The university has produced 111.927 graduates so far. The students come from different areas all across Indonesia of diverse religions, ethnicities, and economic ranks. This makes UNS culturally rich.
The main reasons why people want to study in UNS instead of other universities are its relatively low fare, good quality, and easy access. While other campuses have turned into profit-seeking, UNS stays with affordable fare and yet a good quality of education. Moreover, since the campus is very accessible by public transportation, it provides more ease for students who do not own private vehicles. Around the campus, there are many dorms for students, which are rented at affordable prices as well.
UNS Surakarta runs programs for various levels of education, from Diploma 3 (D3), Diploma 4 (D4), Strata 1 (S1), Master (S2), to Doctoral (S3). Among these, the one with the most students is the Strata 1 program (a similar level like a 4-year undergraduate course), which constitutes many faculties such as Faculty of Literature and Fine Arts, Faculty of Teacher Training and Pedagogy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Medical Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
As for the master program, there are numerous majors, including History, Linguistics, Environment, Education of Natural Environment, Physical Education, Educational Technology, Management, Medical Science, Mathematics Teacher Training, Bahasa Indonesia Teacher Training, Science Teacher Training, Communication, Law, Agronomy, Society Developmental Counseling/Empowerment Management, Nutrition, Public Administration, Bioscience, English Teacher Training, Economics and Developmental Study, Civil Engineering, Accounting, Cultural Study, Sociology, Physics, Economics, Agribusiness, and Machinery. And for the doctoral programs, the university runs the following majors, Linguistic Study, Law, Bahasa Indonesia Teacher Training, Society Developmental Counseling/Empowerment Management, Economics, Environmental Science, and Pedagogy.
To improve the apprentice of its medical students, UNS opens some specialist programs such as Internal Disease, ENT and Cranial Surgery, Pediatrics, Cardiology, etc.
There are scholarships for students with good achievements or those who cannot afford the school fare. The scholarships are results of the cooperation between UNS and other universities or institution both domestic and abroad. There are even scholarships for S2 programs. Some of the scholarships are Astra Honda Motor Foundation Scholarship, Final Paper Scholarship, S2 Scholarship to Japan, BPRI UNS Scholarship, and many others.
Furthermore, the campus is also known to have qualified lecturers. There are 1.571 of them of which 5.3 percent are professors, 62.2 percent with master degree, and 13.7 with doctoral degree. UNS is also supported by 1.018 administration staff to serve the students. All of the resources in the campus are valuable assets to realize its vision, mission, and objective of becoming a world-class university.
The campus of UNS is situated on Ir. Sutami Street 36A, Kentingan, Jebres District, Surakarta, Central Java. It is close to the campus of the Art Institute of Indonesia Surakarta, ISI Surakarta.
The location can be reached easily by various kinds of transportation, either public or private. Taking public transportation, you may start from Yogyakarta, Semarang, or Kudus and get off in Kleco or Kerten, or Tirtonadi Bus Station in Surakarta. Then you should change buses for Palur and stop at Kentingan.
If you take a train, you can get off at Jebres or Balapan Train Station and continue your trip by bus heading for Palur and stop at Kentingan. The bus fare is Rp 2,500 (August 2010).
However, if you go by bus from the east, Surabaya for instance, you can get off right in front of the campus on Ir. Sutami Street, Kentingan.
There is no admission charge to visit the campus.
F. Accommodations and Other Facilities
To support the educational activities, UNS has been fitted out with many facilities and infrastructures. Among them are:
This facility is an effort to keep pace with the advancement of information technology. There is an internet network at both university and faculty levels. The internet serves student registration and also online library.
The campus medical center consists of four divisions, i.e. general health clinic, dentistry clinic, ENT clinic, and eye clinic. The doctors and medical staff are the lecturers of the Faculty of Medical Science and they are professional. The medical center is also used for Medical students’ apprenticeship.
To support students’ activities, UNS provides many facilities. There is the Students’ Activity Unit in which there are the secretariats of various student clubs. For sports, there are football stadium of international standard and sport hall for indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and futsal. UNS also has Student Center. The building is used for seminars, meetings, workshops, and even sports like Tae Kwon Do, Pencak Silat, and Karate Club. The auditorium is used for art exhibition such as music concert. Students are also provided with musical instruments for karawitan, modern music, and also marching band. Lastly, the campus has a dormitory at a very low rent for its students.
The campus provides facilities for five religions in Indonesia, i.e. Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddha, and Islam. There are four mosques spread in each cluster. Of the four, the biggest one is Nurul Huda Mosque. The mosque is also the center for Islamic religious activities in UNS.
Text: Mujibur Rohman
Photo(s): Collection of Jogjatrip.com
Translation: Reza Daffi
(Primary data and various sources)