History of Jambi University

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Academy of trade was founded in 1960 under auspice of Djambi College Foundation. This foundation was established with the initiative of public figures and Jambi authority at that time which was headed by R. Sudarson who served as Jambi mayor.  Afterward in 1961, the academy of trade was changed into faculty of economics which coincided with the formation of law faculty. These two faculties were affiliated to faculty of economy at University of Indonesia in Jakarta. With the two faculties in hand, Jambi public figures and local authority struggled to establish a university with a committee of Jambi establishment of university. With a minister’s decree no. 105/1962 on 15 August 1962, a committee of Jambi establishment of university was formed. This local committee was chaired by M.J. Singadekane as the first governor of Jambi province.

The result of the committee’s job was the establishment of Jambi University on 1 April 1963 which was strengthened with the minister decree no. 25/1963 on 23 March 1963. The preparation committee for Jambi University later opened two new faculties, that is, faculty of agriculture and faculty of animal husbandry. Therefore, when this university was officially opened on 1 April 1963, it already had four faculties, that is, faculty of economics, faculty of law, faculty of agriculture and faculty of animal husbandry. From the moment to present day, the 1st of April was celebrated as the date of birth of this university.

The President of Republic of Indonesia made a decree in 1966 no. 148 which stipulated the establishment of this university under the name of Jambi University. However, with unexplained reason the president’s decree never arrived in Jambi. As the result of this, for years ahead before the release of president’s decree no. 41 in 1982 this university was still named ‘State University of Djambi’. With the minister’s decree no. 25 in 1963 which stipulated the establishment of State University of Jambi, it also declared a presidium which in charge to run the university. This presidium was headed by Cornel M.J. Singadekane who happened to be the governor of Jambi that formerly in charge of the head of preparation committee. The university was run under presidium format from its creation in 1963 until 1977. This system ceased to exist when Drs. Kemas Mohamad Saleh was elected as the interim rector by the minister of culture and education the Republic of Indonesia.


The History of Jambi University’s Presidium

History has recorded the names of leaders of presidium who had led Jambi University from 1963 to 1977.



The History of Rectors at Jambi University

On the 12th September 1980, Drs. Kemas Mohamad Saleh was elected as the interim rector and was elected as the full rector afterward. With this, it ended the transition period in the leadership at Jambi University. In January 1985, the second rector was elected, that is, Ir. S.B. Samad and his term expired in December 1994. The following orders are the position of rectors at Jambi University by the their terms:


Drs. Kemas Mohamad Saleh (1977 – 1984)

Ir. S.B. Samad (1985 – 1994)

Prof.DR.Ir.H.Soedarmadi Hardjosuwignyo, M.Sc (1994 – 1999)

Prof.DR.Ir. Ali M.A. Rachman, M.A (1999 – 2003)

H. Kemas Arsyad Somad, SH, MH (2003 – 2012)

Prof. Dr. Drs. H. Aulia Tasman, M.Sc (2012 – 2016)

Prof. Johni Najwan, SH, MH, Ph.D (2016 – now)


The Development of Faculties at Jambi University

Educational diploma program was opened in 1980 which later changed into Faculty of Education and Teacher Training in 1982. Coincided with it, State Jambi University changed its name into Jambi University.

Based on the decree of the President Republic of Indonesia no. 41/1982, this university was stated to comprise of the following faculties:

  1. Faculty of Education and Teacher Training
  2. Faculty of Economics
  3. Faculty of Agriculture
  4. Faculty of Law
  5. Faculty of Animal Husbandry

In 1990, the diploma program on elementary school program (PGSD) was opened through the higher directorate for education (Dirjen DIKTI)’s project up until 1996. The program was continued by faculty of education and teacher training (FKIP) with its news programs: PGSD (D2), PGSLTP (D3) and PGSM (S1).

In 1996, based on the decree of Director of Higher Education Department of Education no. 211/1996 on 11 July 1996, some study programs were opened which comprised of:

  1. Economics for Education
  2. Indonesian, Literature and Local language Education
  3. English Education
  4. Chemistry for Education
  5. Mathematics for Education
  6. Law Science
  7. Economic Development
  8. Management
  9. Agronomy
  10. Soil Science
  11. Agricultural Social Economics
  12. Communication and Training in Agriculture
  13. Nutrition and Food for Cattle
  14. Cattle Production

In 1996, the Accountancy Study Program was opened based on Directorate Higher Education decree no. 74/DIKTI/Kep/1996. This was followed with the opening of extension program on Faculty of Economics, that is, study program on Economic Development and Management Study based on Directorate Higher Education Decree no. 407/DIKTI/Kep/1996 and Accountancy Study Program.

Three years after that, that is, in 1999, Faculty of Agriculture opened two study programs, i.e., Study Program on Agricultural Technology and Study Program on Pest and Plant Diseases based on Directorate of Higher Education Decree no. 281/DIKTI/Kep/1999 and no. 379/DIKTI/Kep/1999. In the same year, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training (FKIP) had opened Physics Study Program based on Directorate of Higher Education Decree no. 159/DIKTI/Kep/1999 and extension program on Counseling Study Program based on Decree of Directorate of Higher Education no 42/DIKTI/Kep/1999.

In 2001 at FKIP, Biology Study Program was opened with decree of Directorate of Higher Education n. 01/DIKTI/Kep/2001. Not long after that, a decree of Directorate of Higher Education was issued to open Diploma Three (D3) at Faculty of Economics, that is, Marketing Study Program (Decree no. 110/DIKTI/Kep/2001) and Accountancy Study Program (Decree no. 109/DIKTI/Kep/2001).

Following after that, at Faculty of Agriculture was opened Agricultural Agrobisness Study Program (Decree no. 2597) and at FKIP was opened Health and Sport Study Program (Decree no. 3556/DIT/2001) and Early Education Teacher Study Program (PGSD) (Decree no. 354/DIT/2001).

In 2001, there was also opened Graduate Study Program for Graduate Management (Decree no. 51/DIKTI/Kep/2001) and Graduate Study Program for Graduate Economic Development (MEP) (Decree no. 2298/D/T/2001) at Faculty of Economics.

Following on that in 2002, the Extension Study Program was opened at Faculty of Law based on Rector’s Decree no. 762 A/221/PP/2002. A year after that, in 2003, a Study Program for Husbandry Social Economics for undergraduate level (S1) was opened with Decree no. 1623/DIT/2003. In 2004, Extension Study Program on Accountancy Study was opened at Faculty of Economics with was strengthened with Rector’s decree no. 161/221/PP/2004. Then, it was followed with Decree no. 3142/2004 on 12 August 2014 related to operational license for Diploma Program (D3) Tax Study Program. Within the same year Jambi University made an agreement to establish cooperation with State Jakarta University to open Graduate Program (S2) for Educational Management and Environmental Education.

In 2005, Doctor Study Program for undergraduate study (S1) and Health and Educational Sport Education for undergraduate level (S1) were opened based on operational license Study Program no. 1369/D/T/2005 on 10 May 2005. Still in the same year, Graduate Study for Law Science (S2) was opened with operational license no. 3126/D/T/2005 on 22 September 2005.

With the establishment of Jambi University in 1963 to the present, Jambi University has 22 study programs for undergraduate level (S1), 8 Study Programs for Diploma (D2 and D3) and 4 Study Program for Graduate Level (S2) and 5 Study Program for Extension Study Program at undergraduate level (S1).

On 28 December 2012, the government of Republic of Indonesia via letter of Directorate of Higher Education Department of National Education no. 1598/E/T/2012 gave an authorization to Jambi University to run 15 new study programs for undergraduate level (S1) (Early Learning Teacher Education (PAUD), Arabic Study, History Study, Indonesian Literature Study, Pharmacy, Psychology, Fishery Utilization Resources, Information Science, Administration Science, Economics of Islam, Development Engineering, Geology Engineering, Biology, and Mathematics),  5 new graduate study programs (S2) (Notary Study Program,  Enviromental Science, Graduate Education, Graduate Indonesian Literature and Education, and Graduate English Education) and 1 study program for doctoral level (S3), that is, Law Study Program. At the beginning of 2004, to be precise on 28 January, the government of Republic of Indonesia through letter Directorate Higher education no. 85/E.E2/2014 once again gave mandate to Jambi University to open 2 more study programs at the level of undergraduate (S1) (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geophysical Techniques, Archeology, Public Health Science, Drama, Dance and Music Study, Political Science, Sport Coach Science, Agriculture Engineering, and Agricultural Industrial Engineering), 6 new study programs for graduate level (S2) (Agro-Technology, Employment and Population Study, Chemistry Study, Mathematics Study, Basic Educational Study, and Economic Study) and 3 more study programs for doctoral level (S3) (Economics Study, Hard Science Study and Population Study).

The development of Jambi University as a state university needs to consider capital resources that it has both in terms of physic and non-physical. This basic foundation should be used to develop Jambi University into the future which considers what should be done and what strategies to be used.

At current time, Jambi University is one of state universities in Jambi Province which offers higher education from multiple disciplinary. With the experience within five decades and the support of dedicated lecturers and employees, strong leadership with its commitments, high confidence from the society, Jambi University always commits to produce high quality graduation for the sake of nation future. The long term commitment of Jambi University is to take part in improving our nation’s competitiveness through high quality of higher education.

At the present time, Jambi University has 13 faculties, i.e., Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Cultural Science, Faculty of Social and Politics, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sport, and one Graduate Study Program. The total of all active study programs is 82, comprising of 4 programs for doctoral level (S3), 19 programs for graduate programs (S2), 49 programs for the level of undergraduate (S1), 2 programs for Diploma 4 (D4) and 8 programs for the level of Diploma 3 (D3).