Universitas Gadjah Mada (internationally known as Gadjah Mada University ; Abbreviation : UGM) is an Indonesian public ivy league research university located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, founded on December 19, 1949. UGM is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia. Located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the 360 acre university comprises of 18 faculties, 73 undergraduate study programs, 28 diploma study programs, a graduate program of 62 study programs ranging from Social Sciences to Engineering and 28 research centers.
It has approximately 55,000 students, 647 foreign students, 2,240 employees, and 2,273 lecturers. Up until February 2005, the University has graduated 150,501 students consisting of 20,106 diploma holders, 103,858 first degree holders, 25,915 masters/specialists and 622 PhD holders. Universitas Gadjah Mada has been considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia.
UGM is implementing an educopolis area, a step taken by universities in creating conducive environment for the continuity of the learning process. These efforts are pursued in the context of developing multidisciplinary collaborations and responding to ecological issues in order to achieve the vision of the university. Some of the steps are reducing pollution and vehicle exhaust emissions, development of pedestrian, restriction of vehicles entering the campus, construction of new dormitories on the campus, development of parking pockets, planting the trees green and many more.
The Special Region of Yogyakarta of where UGM is located, is one of the smallest provinces in Indonesia and has been widely known as a center of Javanese culture as well as a center of learning. It has 3,400,000 inhabitants, 511,000 of whom reside in the city of Yogyakarta. Its designation as a center of learning is marked by the existence of 120 state and private tertiary educational institutions, with a student population of over 300,000.