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Diponegoro University
Universitas Diponegoro
Other name
Former name
Universitas Semarang
MottoWiyata Hangreksa Gapuraning Nagara (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Safeguarding the Dignity of the Nation
TypePublic university
Established9 January
1957 (as Universitas Semarang)
1960 (as Universitas Diponegoro)
RectorYos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum.
Academic staff
1,761 (AY 2019)[1]
Administrative staff
Students55,743 (AY 2019)[1]
Undergraduates40,249 (AY 2019)[1]
Postgraduates4,527 (AY 2019)[1]
1,146 (AY 2019)[1]
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7°02′56″S 110°26′17″E / 7.049°S 110.438°E / -7.049; 110.438Coordinates: 7°02′56″S 110°26′17″E / 7.049°S 110.438°E / -7.049; 110.438
CampusRural: Tembalang Campus
Urban: Pleburan Campus
Total 201 ha (500 acres)
Colors  Blue
AffiliationsASAIHL, AUAP,[2] ASEA-UNINET,[3] ABEST21,[4] SEAMEO[5]
MascotPrince Diponegoro
Diponegoro University
Location of the university in Semarang

Diponegoro University (Hanacaraka: ꦈꦤꦶꦥ꦳ꦼꦂꦱꦶꦠꦱ꧀ꦢꦶꦥꦤꦼꦒꦫ; Indonesian: Universitas Diponegoro, abbreviated as UNDIP) is a public university in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Founded in 1957 as a private university by the Semarang University Foundation, which later in 1960 became public university, and named after Javanese Prince Diponegoro. It is a pioneer of higher learning institutions in Indonesia and the first and oldest education corporation in Central Java. Nationally, Undip is in sixth position in Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education's 2017 ranking[6] and is one of the top 1,000 universities in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings.[7]


Postgraduate Faculty of Social and Political Sciences in Pleburan Campus.
Postgraduate Faculty of Social and Political Sciences in Pleburan Campus.

In the early 1950s, people in Central Java, especially in Semarang, needed a university for providing higher learning and teaching facilities. It has been purpose to support of government in handling and in conducting all sectors of development, especially in the field of education. At that time, it was only Gajah Mada University as a public university, that providing higher education for people in Yogyakarta and also Central Java.

As amount of senior high schools graduated has been continuously increasing, while existence of universities limited, some graduates could have not been accommodated at higher education facilities in north of Central Java. Considering this situation, MR. Imam Bardjo and his colleagues formed an educational foundation, namely Yayasan Universitas Semarang (Foundation of Semarang University), noted by notary R.M. Soeprapto on Notarial Deed No 59, 4 December 1956. The foundation was a first step to establish a university in Semarang, namely Semarang University, that officially opened on 9 January 1957, and Mr. Imam Bardjo was the first President (Rector) of the university.

When Semarang University celebrated its third Dies Natalis (anniversary) on 9 January 1960, President of Indonesia, Sukarno renamed the Semarang University as Diponegoro University. Changing the name of Semarang University was intended as a tribute to the university's performance in development of higher education in Central Java. The President's decision was confirmed by the Government Regulation No. 7 1961 and Decree Minister of Education, Teaching and Culture No. 101247 / UU on 3 December 1960.

The decision was retroactive to 15 October 1957, and this date is commemorated as the day of Diponegoro University's Dies Natalis as well as for remembering "Five Days Battle in Semarang", which is part of Indonesian National Revolution war that took place in Semarang City. Diponegoro University chose the date as its Dies Natalis for continuing national heroes’ ideals of compiling Indonesia's independence by developing the nation's intellectual life. Diponegoro University is a contribution the next generation to carry on the mandate from national independence heroes.

The year of 1957 was defined as the year of Diponegoro University's establishment, by considering history of Semarang University as a private university founded in 1957 was an embryo of Diponegoro University. The date of 15 October 1957 as Diponegoro University's Dies Natalis was stated in Rector's report on the 13th Dies Natalis of Diponegoro University.

The long reputation of Diponegoro University has delivered it to be among the top national higher education entities, which bring competitive advantage for the alumni and deliver intellectual works of research and publications.

Currently under Government Regulations No. 81/2014 and Government Regulations of the Republic of Indonesia No. 52/2015, Diponegoro University earns the status of PTN-BH (Perguruan Tinggi Negeri-Badan Hukum/State-Owned Higher Education with a Legal Entity Status).[8]



Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

Undip has 11 official faculties and 2 schools.[9]


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[10]801–1000 (2020)
QS Employability[10]301–500 (2020)
THE World[11]1001+ (2021)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[10]241 (2021)
THE Asia[11]401+ (2021)

In the QS World University Rankings 2020, the Diponegoro University ranked in the range of 801–1000 globally and ranked eighth in Indonesia. Meanwhile, in the QS Asian University Rankings 2021, the Diponegoro University ranked 241st in Asia and ranked ninth in Indonesia. Diponegoro University also ranked in the range of 301–500 globally by QS Graduate Employability Ranking.[12]

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, Diponegoro University is ranked in the range of 1001+ globally. Undip also ranked in the range of 101–200th globally in Impact Rankings 2020, where Undip ranked 49th globally in Impact Rankings: Responsible Consumption and Production 2020.[13] In THE WUR 2021 also makes Diponegoro University as ranked fourth in Indonesia. In June 2021, in the QS World University Rankings 2022, Diponegoro University is ranked in the range of 1001+ globally and ranked eighth in Indonesia.

Diponegoro University's ranking and accreditation are follows:[14]



The students must pass examinations to get admitted to the university. Applicants to Diponegoro University face serious competition as only 1 out of 10 students will be accepted, thus the application process should be handled with extra care.

There are some admission path that required to enter the university:

Traditionally the academic year is divided into semesters like in many other universities of Indonesia. In addition to low tuition fees the university provides the students with extra financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Undip is one of the universities that offers online education.[16]


Diponegoro University offers the number of Postgraduate Programs for all prospective students in Indonesia and international students from around the world. There are 34 Postgraduate Study Programs, consist of 8 doctorate and 28 master programs offered. These programs are opened widely for the university graduates achieving higher degree of education. The university gives a very high consideration and priority to the quality of the postgraduate produced. Development of education, research and community service are based on the university's scientific pattern, that is coastal eco-development.The postgraduate program now widely opens for students whose prefer to study in various field of interest. Education is conducted in different study programs correspond to the specification of field of interest. Assessment of special field of interest are conducted in concentrations within each study program.[16]

International students

International applicants for admission to UNDIP's undergraduate program must have completed or are completing high school with a high qualification through the above methods. The medium of instruction for international classes at UNDIP is English. International students should understand the Indonesian language to be familiar with Indonesian culture. Applicants are expected to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency to enable them to benefit from an UNDIP education. As of 2020, there are about 230 international students in Diponegoro University.[17]


Collaboration with overseas universities

Since 1991, Diponegoro University starts to establish collaboration with different foreign institutions, including universities, NGOs, government agencies and companies around the globe. The International collaborations in terms of education, research exchange program, joint scientific research, training, academic exchange, scientist exchange, and student exchange program.

As of April 2020, Undip has collaborations with 116 international institutions in 28 countries. They are top universities from various country across Asia, Australia, Americas and Europe. Some of the examples are:[19]

Research organisations

There are numerous research centres and service centres in Diponegoro University under LPPM (Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Masyarakat/Institute for Research and Community Service) of Diponegoro University:[20][21]


Widya Puraya rectorate and statue of Diponegoro in Tembalang Campus.
Widya Puraya rectorate and statue of Diponegoro in Tembalang Campus.

Undip is in Semarang — the capital city of Central Java. The university has 8 campuses outside Semarang as far away as Jepara, about 70 km northeast Semarang.[22]

Main campus

Other campus



Rumah Susun Sewa bagi Mahasiswa (Rusunawa) is the student dormitory building. The building has five twin blocks:

Central library

Diponegoro University Library (Perpustakaan Universitas Diponegoro) is centred in Widya Puraya Central Library in the Tembalang campus and comprises over 400[citation needed] individual libraries and over 4,000 volumes. Faculties have department libraries and literature from journal alumni.


Diponegoro University Mosque
Diponegoro University Mosque

Maskam (Masjid Kampus Undip) or Undip Campus Mosque is a mosque at the Tembalang campus. It's surrounded by a natural environment and nearby central campus' area. The architecture is from 'pyramid' building and became one of the most unusual mosques in Semarang. Construction began in 2004 and finished in 2009.

Student centre

Diponegoro University Student Centre (SC) is the central building for Undip students' activities. The student centre was built to fulfil the needs for a place where students can express their creativity and increase their achievement, and home bases for numerous UKM (Unit Kegiatan Mahasiswa/Student Activities Unit). It has several rooms: one pavilion, 40 rooms for UKM, one prayer room, one canteen, and two transit rooms.[24]


Other facilities

Diponegoro National Hospital (Rumah Sakit Nasional Diponegoro/RSND) in Undip campus.
Diponegoro National Hospital (Rumah Sakit Nasional Diponegoro/RSND) in Undip campus.

Other facilities in Undip campus are:

Notable staff and alumni

Main category: Diponegoro University alumni

Undip has produced over 200,000 graduates. Many of them become a public figure, politician, entrepreneur, writer, artist, and many more. Some of the selected examples are below:


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