UAJY at a Glance

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Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY) is a private university founded by the laity and managed by Slamet Rijadi Foundation – Yogyakarta, under the patronage of Saint Albertus Magnus. UAJY was established on September 27, 1965, aiming to participate in educating nation through education with a local dimension and global orientation.

Since August 31, 1973, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in Yogyakarta has separated from the Atmajaya Catholic University of Indonesia in Jakarta and been established as the UNIVERSITAS ATMA JAYA YOGYAKARTA.

The name of “Atma Jaya” is taken from Sanskrit. Atma means soul, Jaya means superior. Thus, Atma Jaya means a superior soul. UAJY’s aspiration from the beginning is to provide higher education with excellence in academics and education with high moral values.

UAJY has 12 regular study programs and 5 international study programs for Bachelor degree, and 7 study programs for Master degree. All study programs have been accredited by BAN-PT (The National Accreditation Board for Higher Education).



UAJY aims to develop academic community carefully and critically to help, protect, enhance the human dignity and cultural heritage through education and teaching, research and community service, and various services provided to local, national, and international communities with the spirit of service in the light of truth.


UAJY Onward

UAJY will always strive to create an organizational culture that is able to build a community of human resources who have the capability, work ethic, and high commitment in accordance with the university’s vision and mission, put an effort to produce works and build alumni who can compete on national and international levels. In addition, UAJY will always strive to establish a network of cooperation with various parties at the national and international levels.


UAJY As an Option

The development of UAJY cannot be separated from the development of the city of Yogyakarta.

With its relatively safe, calm, and uncluttered atmosphere, Yogyakarta is the right choice for high school graduates to seek provisions for the subsequent development of quality of life. Moreover, it is supported by a relatively low cost of living and supporting facilities such as bookstores, public libraries, transportation, communications, recreation areas, dormitories and lodging, hospitals.

The strategic location of UAJY makes it easier for students to meet their needs. Apart from socializing, UAJY students will not be isolated because they can easily meet colleagues from other universities with various backgrounds. This factor can increase the insight of UAJY students to be ready to struggle in real community life.

As a Catholic university, UAJY carries out the educational process in the context of the Christian faith. In this effort, UAJY always strives for academic excellence, side with the weak, and produce graduates who have the passion and courage to become men and women for others. In addition, UAJY will become an alternative university to choose for anyone because of its advantages. Besides, UAJY is supported by human resources who have an ethos, commitment, and high capacity to carry out the university management process.

With the slogan Serviens in lumine veritatis or serving in the light of truth, UAJY is ready to help prepare the future of its students.


Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta


Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY) is a province that has the status of a special region. The status of this Special Region is related to the history of this province. In 1945, the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace and the Pakualaman Duchy merged with the territory of the Republic of Indonesia which was proclaimed on August 17, 1945, by Bung Karno and Bung Hatta.

The northern tip of the Special Region of Yogyakarta is the peak of Mount Merapi which is ± 2920 meters above sea level. This volcano is very well known for its distinctive eruptions, and by international volcanologists, it is often categorized as similar as the Vesuvius volcano in Italy, especially regarding its eruption pattern. Until now, Mount Merapi is still very active. The peak still billows smoke, which is a typical panorama behind the view of the northern city of Yogyakarta.

The area of D.I.Yogyakarta is approximately 3,186 km2 divided into 5 Level II Regions, namely: Yogyakarta as the capital city of D.I.Yogyakarta, Sleman Regency, Bantul Regency, Kulon Progo Regency, and Gunungkidul Regency.


City of Students

Approximately four years from 1946 until 1949, D.I.Yogyakarta became the capital of the Republic of Indonesia. At that time, the leaders of the Indonesian government officials gathered in this city. Like a capital city, D.I.Yogyakarta attracts young people from all over the provinces who want to participate in the development of this newly independent country. Meanwhile, to build a country requires skilled, educated, and trained personnel. This is the background of the Indonesian government to establish a university, which we know as Universitas Gadjah Mada, which is the first State University established during the independence.

It was followed by the establishment of academies of arts (Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts and Indonesian Music Academy), as well as high schools in the field of Islam (State Islamic College, which later became UIN Sunan Kalijaga). Then, educational institutions, both public and private, were also established in D.I.Yogyakarta. Therefore, almost no field of studies is not taught in this city. It makes Yogyakarta grow into a city of students and become education center. For the transportation, the most popular vehicles among students, workers, traders, and public are bicycles and motorbikes, which are used both day and night. It makes D.I.Yogyakarta also known as the city of bicycles.


Culture Center

In essence, original and beautiful cultural arts are always found in the Yogyakarta palace and its surrounding. As a former great empire, D.I.Yogyakarta has high arts and culture. It is a center for Javanese arts and culture. It can be seen from the cultural and artistic heritage shown in the sculptures on historical heritage monuments such as temples, Sultan’s palaces, other places related to palace life, and cultural museums.

The life of dance and other arts is also still overgrowing in D.I.Yogyakarta. The cultural values of the people there are also expressed in the form of the architecture of people’s houses in the form of joglo, which is widely known throughout Indonesia. The antique andhongs in Yogyakarta reinforce the impression that D.I. Yogyakarta still has traditional values. Many famous and great artists in Indonesia today are educated and trained in Yogyakarta. Affandi, Bagong Kusudiharjo, Edi Sunarso, Amri Yahya, Kuswadji Kawindro Susanto, and other great artists have contributed to strengthen D.I. Yogyakarta as a Cultural Center.


Tourist Destinations

At present, the labels of D.I. Yogyakarta have been developed to be a new dimension, D.I. Yogyakarta as a tourist destination. Sincere hospitality, typical characteristic of Yogyakarta citizen, will welcome tourists when they arrive so they will bring sweet memories that they will never forget when they leave.

The label of city of struggle, city of students with education center, as well as a culture center, supported by beautiful panoramas, has elevated Yogyakarta as an exciting area to visit. Yogyakarta also has various adequate facilities which are available in sufficient quantities to provide convenience for tourists visiting D.I. Yogyakarta. Means of transportation, accommodation, and other various supporting facilities, such as delicious food and drink, as well as a variety of souvenirs, are readily available everywhere.

UAJY Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY) adalah lembaga pendidikan tinggi swasta yang didirikan oleh kaum awam Katolik dan dikelola oleh Yayasan Slamet Rijadi - Yogyakarta, di bawah lindungan Santo Albertus Magnus. Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta lahir pada tanggal 27 September 1965, dengan tujuan untuk ikut serta mencerdaskan kehidupan bangsa melalui pendidikan yang berdimensi serta berorientasi global.
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