Date of Establishment: 1st June 1960
Founder: Atma Jaya Foundation
The idea of establishing a catholic university in Indonesia was proposed at a meeting between bishops of Java held in Jakarta on 1st June 1952. To respond to this idea, the Atma Jaya Foundation was formed by a group of young catholic intellectuals on 1st June 1960 and this foundation established a catholic university named Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya (Atma Jaya Catholic University). Among these young catholic intellectuals were: Ir. J.P.Cho, Drs. Lo Siang Hien-Ginting, Drs. Goei Tjong Tik, I.J. Kasimo, J.B. Legiman S.H., Drs. F.X. Seda, Dr. Pang Lay Kim, Ir. Tan Bian Seng, Dr. Anton Moeliono, St. Munadjat Danusaputro S.H., Drs. J.F. Tan, and Drs. Ben Mang-Reng Say.
At its early years, Unika Atma Jaya was supported by the Ursuline sisters. They kindly lent the university their classrooms in Ursuline school complex on Jalan Lapangan Banteng Utara and in Santa Theresia complex in Menteng. Since 1967, Atma Jaya has gradually occupied a permanent campus on the Jalan Sudirman campus well known as the Semanggi Campus. The Faculty of Medicine, the Atma Jaya hospital and the Atma Jaya funeral home occupy the Pluit Campus in North Jakarta.
The phrase “Atma Jaya” means a glorious (victorious/prosperous) spirit. A glorious spirit always gives encouragement to increase the quality of education. The academic excellence and the professional graduates are the eminent orientation.
Presently, Unika Atma Jaya has eight faculties with twenty one Sarjana (Bachelor’s Degree) program founded in different years: The Faculty of Economic and Business Administration and Communication were founded in 1960; the Faculty of Education and language and the Faculty of Engineering were in 1961; the Faculty of law was in 1965; the Faculty of Medicine was in 1967; the Faculty of Psychology was in 1992; and the latest one was the Faculty of Biotechnology in 2002. Atma Jaya also has seven Magister (Master’s Degree) programs: Magister Management (MM) and Magister in Applied English Linguistics (LTBI) in 1992; Magister in Professional Psychology in 2005; Magister in Biotechnology in 2011; Magister in Psychology; Magister in Law in 2012; and Magister in Mechanical Science in 2013, as well as one Doctoral program in Applied English Linguistics in 2002.
“For God and the Country”, said by the founders of Atma Jaya when stating their identity. After its establishment half a century ago, the whole civitas academica of Atma Jaya constantly strives to contextualize the spirits brought by the founders into the contemporary development. In the commemoration of Lustrum XI in 2015, the big theme “Growing together with the Nation” was put forward. The choice for this theme again emphasizes that the growth of Atma Jaya and the nation are in separable. Because this is the most important reason. Raison d’etre.
This 2015-2019 period is an important momentum for Atma Jaya community because the BSD campus will begin its operation. Therefore, Unika Atma Jaya now has a total of three campus: Semanggi, Pluit and BSD Campus. In its Long-term Development Plan in 2015-2029, the three Atma Jaya campuses will have their own unique services to the nation: The Semanggi Campus will become the Center for Nation Development; BSD Campus will become the Center for Human Development; and the Pluit Campus which consists of the Faculty of Medicine and Atma Jaya Teaching Hospital will be dedicated to become the Center for Health Development.
At the moment, Unika Atma Jaya has 20 Sarjana (Bachelor’s Degree) programs, 11 Magister (Master’s Degree) Programs, 2 Professional Programs and 2 Doctoral Program. In research, there are 4 Research Centers and 1 Community Empowerment Center under the coordination of Research and Community Service Institution (Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Masyarakat/LPPM). The four research centers are HIV-AIDS Research Center (Pusat Penelitian HIV-AIDS/PPH), Center of Community Development Study (Pusat Kajian Pembangunan Masyarakat/PKPM), Center of Language and Culture (Pusat Kajian Budaya dan Bahasa/PKBB) and Center of Ethical Development (Pusat Pengembangan Etika/PPE). In Pluit, we have the Health Research Center (Pusat Penelitian Kesehatan /Puslitkes) while the Community Service Center (Pusat Pengabdian Masyarakat/PPM) is a medium for cross faculties community service activities. Aside from that, Atma Jaya also has Applied Science Affiliation Institution (Lembaga Afiliasi Ilmu Terapan/LAIT) which coordinates various activities such as language courses (Center of Language Teaching), publishing, etc.
In the future, Semanggi Campus will become the center for Magister/Master’s Degree programs, courses, certifications and other non-degree programs, aside from becoming the center for academic or applied research activities. Semanggi Campus will be the “integrator” for Business – Government – Community. The Pluit Campus has a long history of conducting such various programs, one of which is a joint program with DKI City Government. Programs such as Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) in several places in Jakarta are a synergy among campus, industry, government and the community.
Aside for the national issues, the founders give their undivided attention to the marginal groups. Atma Jaya as a part of the Catholic Higher Education institution implements the principle of Preferential Option for the Poor. The spirit to build the nation based on the principle of caring for the nation is translated into the Entrepreneurial and Social-Oriented University. In 2015-2019 period, we have three pillars of main work programs, which are: to improve the Academic Reputation, to accelerate Organizational Transformation and also, to increase Social Awareness. Through systematic and continuous efforts, we strongly believe that Unika Atma Jaya will become one of the reference universities in Indonesia.
Last update 25 February 2021