A Brief History

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) was established on October 20, 1954 in Bandung, and was officially inaugurated by the Indonesian Minister of Education, Mr. Muhammad Yamin. UPI was initially a Perguruan Tinggi Pendidikan Guru (PTPG) or Teachers College which has undergone a metamorphosis to become a public university with wide-autonomy called PTNBH (Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Berbadan Hukum).

  • 1954

    Establishment of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) or Indonesia University of Education as Perguruan Tinggi Pendidikan Guru (PTPG) or Teachers College aimed at educating and developing the intellectual capacity of young Indonesian nation to make benefits of its new independence.

  • 1958

    the Indonesian Minister of Education, Instruction and Culture decreed that this Teachers College became an independent higher educational institution, and along with the establishment of Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD), it was integrated into this newly established university, called the Faculty of Education (FIP)

  • 1963
    IKIP Bandung

    Integration of PTPG, Faculty of Education, and IPG into IKIP Bandung.

  • 1999

    IKIP Bandung was changed into a university, called Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), with a wider mandate to not only run educational degrees but also those of pure sciences, mathematics, engineering, literature, arts, economy, business, and social sciences.

  • 2004
    UPI as PT-BHMN

    UPI was granted status of State-Owned Legal Entity

  • 2014
    UPI as PTNbh

    UPI's status was upgraded into a public university with wide autonomy called PTNbh (Perguruan Tinggi Negeri Berbadan Hukum).

Recently, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia has made serious and rigorous efforts in expanding its services for the stakeholders. In addition to strong academic endeavors, the university also manages to refine its concept and masterplan. With the financial assistance provided by the Islamic Development Bank, Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and other financial support agencies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia has currently been equipped with modern infrastructure and elegant buildings within a green premise. Having all these excellent academic, infra-structure and masterplan, the university is confidently determined to be a leading and outstanding higher educational institution widely acknowledged at national, regional and international levels.

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) is one of a few selected Indonesian public and reputable universities with government special autonomy called Perguruan Tinggi Negeri badan Hukum (PTNbH). As part of its tridharma (three missions of teaching, research and community service), UPI has education as its true color or core business. Formerly a teacher’s college, this comprehensive university currently offers diverse fields such as educational sciences, education-based disciplines, religion, humanities, and social sciences, both pure and applied sciences. These disciplines are proportionally cross-fertilized to support its core business of education which is based on values of religion, scientific endeavor, human right and democracy.

As a public university with PTNbH status, UPI is given a wider autonomy in organizing its academic and non-academic endeavors. Having education as its true color, UPI emphasizes integrity and honesty-based character education. The university believes that education plays a significant and pivotal factor in the life of future generation. Within this belief, education should be able to empower and synergize the commitment of academics to develop a positive character which is based on independence, responsibility, and adaptability. Given its wider mandate, UPI also grows in academic community the value of cross-fertilization of pure and applied disciplines.

To develop its global competitiveness, the university has taken leading and outstanding as the new motto. Leading means that UPI manages to become the cutting edge of educational innovations. Meanwhile, outstanding indicates the university competitiveness as a regionally and globally prominent higher education institution with its unique and distinctive characteristics and specialties.