Parahyangan Catholic University

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Parahyangan Catholic University or known with the abbreviation UNPAR is one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Indonesia, located in the city of Bandung. The main campus is located on Ciumbuleuit street, and other campuses are located on Merdeka street, Aceh street and Nias street. Before owning a building on Merdeka street, UNPAR also used the "Panti Budaya" building (now a new Bank Indonesia Building) for college activities.

Parahyangan Catholic University
Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
ᮅᮔᮤᮗᮨᮁᮞᮤᮒᮞ᮪ ᮊᮒᮧᮜᮤᮊ᮪ ᮕᮛᮠᮡᮍᮔ᮪
Parahyangan Catholic University coat of arms.jpg
Parahyangan Catholic University coat of arms
Latin: Universitas Catholicae Parahyanganensis
MottoBakuning Hyang Mrih Guna Santyaya Bhakti [1]
Motto in English
Based on the belief in God, pursuing knowledge in devotion to the community
Established17 January 1955[2][3]
Religious affiliation
Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross
PresidentProf. Dr. Ignatius Bambang Sugiharto
RectorMangadar Situmorang, Ph.D.[4]
Academic staff
455 (2020)[5]
  • Bachelor: 1%
  • Postgraduate: 60.8%
  • Doctoral: 38.2%
Administrative staff
402 (2017)
Students9.879 (2019)
Location, ,
6°52′30″S 107°36′20″E / 6.87500°S 107.60556°E / -6.87500; 107.60556Coordinates: 6°52′30″S 107°36′20″E / 6.87500°S 107.60556°E / -6.87500; 107.60556
CampusUrban, 7.6 ha (19 acres)
Colours    Khaki and Green
Logo Universitas Katolik Parahyangan Bandung.png

Parahyangan Catholic University was founded in 1955 by the leadership of the Catholic Church in Indonesia at that time through cooperation between the Bishop of Bandung, Pierre Marin Arntz, O.S. and Paternus Nicholas Joannes Cornelius Geise in response to a lack of highly educated experts to build Indonesia after the War of Independence.

UNPAR has the motto Bakuning Hyang Mrih Guna Santyaya Bhakti which means "Based on the belief in God, pursuing knowledge in devotion to the community".


Parahyangan Catholic University was established on 17 January 1955, under the name of the Commerce Academy, as a collaboration between the Bishop of Bandung, Pierre Marin Arntz, O.S.C. with the Bishop of Bogor Prof. Dr. Paternus Nicholas Joannes Cornelius Geise, O.F.M .. The status of the academy was upgraded to the Parahyangan Socio-Economic College, which later became the Faculty of Economics. On September 15, 1958, the Faculty of Law was opened and at the same time changed the name of the institution to Parahyangan Catholic College. The foundation of the organising body of the Parahyangan Catholic College was established on 31 October.

The Faculty of Engineering became the third faculty established, after opening in 1960 with a major in civil engineering and architectural engineering. A year later, the Social and Political Faculty was opened. In accordance with Law Number 22 of 1961 concerning Higher Education, the name of the institution has changed again and become Parahyangan Catholic University.

1962 19 April, with the Decree of the Minister of Higher Education and Science Number 50 of 1962, Parahyangan Catholic University was designated as a University with the same status as a State University.

1963 University development takes precedence not on increasing faculties, but on increasing scientific facilities and infrastructure. Then the Institute of Scientific Investigations was established to support the implementation of the Tri Dharma of Universities in general.

1981 With the enactment of new regulations on accreditation and the age of accreditation within the Ministry of Education and Culture, then with the Minister's Decree Number 027/0/1981, Parahyangan Catholic University was reaffirmed as an equalized Private University for a period of three years.

1983 1 January, the merger of the Philosophy and Suryagung Bumi Theology School into Parahyangan Catholic University with the name of the Faculty of Philosophy was confirmed by the Kopertis Region IV Decree number 515 / KOP / IV / Q / 82 20 November 1982.

19 October, The Faculty of Philosophy was approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia with a Ministerial Decree Number 0446/0/1983 under the name of the Faculty of Philosophy, majoring in Religion with a registered status to the undergraduate level.

1985 20 January, Parahyangan Catholic University was reaffirmed as a Private Higher Education Institution that was equated for a period of five years, with the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture Number: 040/0/1985. In line with the contents of the decree, the Faculty of Social and Politics was adjusted to its name as the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Likewise the name of the Institute for Scientific Investigations was changed to a Research Institute, to be in line with the term in Government Regulation Number 5 of 1980.

1986 19 May, in the context of changing the national education management system, a Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture was issued No. 380/0/1986 which stipulated the status of equalization for a period of three years.

1989 1 September, equalisation status is set back for a period of three years, with the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number 0527/0/1989. September 6, with the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number 0560/0/1989, the status of the Faculty of Philosophy was increased to be recognised for a period of 4 years.

1990 23 November, the NTA-58 Project was inaugurated, a collaborative project between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Kingdom of Belgium, with the implementation of three parties (University of Indonesia - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Parahyangan Catholic University) to hold Postgraduate education in the fields of Administrative Science and Economic Development Studies.

1993 The opening of two new faculties began in the 1993/1994 academic year, namely the Faculty of Industrial Technology with two departments (Industrial Engineering and Chemical Engineering) and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with two majors (Mathematics and Physics). The registered status for the two new faculties was obtained through a Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture Number 34 / D / O / 1993 dated 20 April 1993.

1994 3 February, with the enactment of a new regulation that the Faculty of Law is no longer familiar with the department, but rather a specialization program, then with the Decree of the Director General of Higher Education Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number 62 / DIKTI / Kep / 1994 the status is equalized at the Faculty of Law UNPAR, which is valid for a period of 3 years.


12 May, the Diploma III programme was opened with registered status obtained through a Decree of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 120 / DIKTI / Kep / 1995.

23 June, through the Decree of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 312 / DIKTI / Kep / 1995 opened a Masters program at the Post Graduate Program in the Parahyangan Catholic University.

1996 8 August, based on Decree of Director General of Higher Education No. 420 / DIKTI / Kep / 1996, opened the Department of Computer Science Study under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with a registered status.

1997 17 November, based on the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia No. 78 / D / O / 1997, concerning the Results of Accreditation of Study Programmes for Bachelor Programmes in Higher Education, the Study Programme of Economics and Development Studies, Accounting, Management, Legal Sciences, Business Administration, International Relations, Public Administration, Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering got an Accredited status.

Attributes and IdentitiesEdit


The symbol of Parahyangan Catholic University take form of a lotus that symbolizes the supreme divinity and reads the slogan "Bakuning Hyang Mrih Guna Santyaya Bhakti", which means based on the belief in God, pursuing knowledge in devotion to the community.

The symbol consists of:

Red white cross on a black base

The representation of the Bandung Diocese as a supervisor of the university and the support of the Order of the Holy Cross.

Circle with 45 green wings, 8 white fingers and 17 white gear

Representation of the year, month and date of Indonesian independence.

Circular yellow triangle

Symbolizes the concept of the trinity, which is the expression of the central point of Christian faith in God

The Yellow base Color Lotus

Symbolizes the spirit of divinity

5 yellow flower leaves

The symbol of Indonesian state philosophy, Pancasila

Yellow base color

The color of the symbol of the Catholic Church.


The Hymn of Parahyangan Catholic University was composed in terms of lyrics by A. P. Sugiharto and in terms of songs and arrangements by Frans Haryadi.


Unpar's Mars lyrics were written by Bambang Sugiharto, while the song was made by Avip Priatna.

Organization and AdministrationEdit

Organizations and Administrator in the Parahyangan Catholic University consist of:

  • Foundation
  • University Senate
  • Leader of University
  • Bureau / Institution / Center

The Bureaus / Institutions / Centers in the University are


  • Research Institutions and Community Service
  • Quality Assurance Agency
  • Humanities Development Institute


  • Rectorate Administrative Bureau
  • Academic Administration Bureau
  • Student and Alumni Bureau
  • Information Technology Bureau
  • Financial Bureau
  • Human Capital Development Bureau
  • General and Technical Bureau


  • Center for Learning Innovation
  • Navel of Career Development
  • International Office and Cooperation


Faculty and ProgramEdit

At present Parahyangan Catholic University manages 7 Faculties, namely:

Faculty of Economics (1955)

Faculty of Law (1958)

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (1961)

Faculty of Engineering (1960)

Faculty of Philosophy (1983)

Faculty of Industrial Technology (1993)

Faculty of Information Technology and Science (1993)


Student AdmissionsEdit

The acceptance of new students at Parahyangan Catholic University is done by a selection mechanism that is carried out several times throughout the year. The level of difficulty of Unpar admission is quite high where for 2018 admissions out of 13,716 applicants, Unpar only admit 2,492 students (18.16% of admissions).

Academic and Talent Achievement Program (PMDK)Edit

The PMDK is the program provided for prospective students in Diploma and Bachelor level of study that has the ability both academically and talent above average who choose Unpar as the only university choice. Prospective students who take the PMDK Program do not need to take the Entrance Screening Examination (USM).

Entrance Screen Examination Program (USM)Edit

The Entrance Sieve Examination is a test held at several predetermined locations such as the Ciumbuleuit Campus and High School Partners. USM is carried out 3 times for 1 year which is usually done in November, April and June. The type and number of subjects tested at prospective students at USM differ depending on the choice of each study program for prospective students. Prospective students who choose the Architecture Study Program must take the Drawing test, for those who choose the Mechatronics Electrical Engineering Study Program, they must take the Electrical Physics test and those who choose the Philosophy Study Program must take the interview test.

Special Admission via UTBK ScoreEdit

Starting in the year of new Student admission in 2019, Unpar opens a new admission program, namely the Computer Based Writing Test (UTBK) score.

Learning processEdit

Unpar is a Private College that has been recognized by the government from 1962 (Status equated with State Universities). Unpar offers 1 diploma level program, 1 professional program, 16 undergraduate programs, 10 master programs and 4 doctoral programs. Undergraduate programs are taken in 4 years by passing a credit unit of at least 144, completing a Thesis and getting a TOEFL Test score of 500 to get a bachelor's degree, while for a postgraduate program it varies according to the taken program.

Unpar runs the Semester academic calendar system where in 1 year there are 2 semesters. Odd Semester starts in August and ends in December while Even Semester starts in January and ends in May. Each Semester has 2 Exams (Mid Semester Exams and Final Semester Exams) where the academic Rooster per semester runs with a pattern of 7-2-7-2 (7 weeks of college period and 2 weeks of exam period). [9]

Departments and ProgramEdit

Seven faculties in Parahyangan Catholic University open study programs for undergraduate level and one diploma study program in the Faculty of Economics while Master and Doctoral study programs are initially under the Graduate School. [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] In 2018, the Masters and Doctoral Programs in the Graduate School are integrated into the Faculties in Unpar with the aim that the Masters and Doctoral Programs can be more advanced and developing. [15]

No Faculties Majors (National Accreditation)
1 Faculty of Economics
  1. Diploma in Corporate Management (B)
  2. Economics (A)
  3. Accounting (A)
  4. Management (A)
  5. Master of Management (B)
  6. Doctor of Economics (B)
  7. Accountant Profession Program (B)
2 Faculty of Law
  1. Law (A)
  2. Master of Law (B)
  3. Doctor of Law (B)
3 Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  1. Public Administration (A)
  2. Business Administration with Major in General Business and Digital Business (A)
  3. International Relations (A)
  4. Master of Social Science (B)
  5. Master of International Relations (B)
  6. Master of Business Administration
4 Faculty of Engineering
  1. Civil Engineering (A)
  2. Architecture (A)
  3. Master of Civil Engineering (A)
  4. Master of Architecture (A)
  5. Doctor of Civil Engineering (B)
  6. Doctor of Architecture (B)
5 Faculty of Philosophy
  1. Philosophy with Major in Divine Philosophy and Cultural Philosophy (A)
  2. Master of Theology (B)
6 Faculty of Industrial Technology
  1. Industrial Engineering (A)
  2. Chemical Engineering (A)
  3. Mechatronics Engineering (B)
  4. Master of Industrial Engineering (B)
  5. Master of Chemical Engineering (B)
7 Faculty of Information Technology and Science
  1. Mathematics with Major in Industrial Mathematics and Actuary (A)
  2. Physics (A)
  3. Informatics Engineering with Major in Computing Science and Data Science (B)


In February 2009, a team consisting of 15 students from Parahyangan Catholic University won the "Outstanding Delegation Award" in the Harvard National Model United Nations 2009. This was considered a significant achievement because Parahyangan Catholic University is one of the only three universities in the Asian continent to win an award in HNMUN 2009, which had over 3,000 participants from 35 countries.

A world ranking, human competitiveness index and analysis by the Human Resources & Labor Review, published in Chasecareer Network Indonesia, ranked the university eighth in Indonesia in 2010[6] and 350th-400th in the world.[7]

In December 2011, a team consisting of two law students from Parahyangan International Law Society (PILS) represented the Asia region to compete win the Third World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in University of Pretoria, South Africa. The team defeated its Asian rivals — Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) and National Law Institute, University of Bhopal (India) — and went as far the semi-finals.

In August 2015, the team from PILS was chosen to represent Indonesia in the 2015 Asia Cup International Law Moot Court Competition in Tokyo, Japan. The team defeated opponents from across Asia, including Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and emerged as the third-place winner in the competition. The team also won the Best Memorial Award, becoming the first team from Indonesia to achieve such feat. Both oralists of the team were ranked in the top 10 oralists.

Almost every year, the representative of International Relations Department students for PNMHII (Pertemuan Nasional Mahasiswa Hubungan Internasional se-Indonesia) achieved the award of Best Delegation for their performance in the Short Diplomatic Course. In the same event, the students obtained awards in each year for their presentation in the 'diskusi ilmiah'. PNMHII is an annual meeting and conference of International Relations students all over Indonesia.


Parahyangan Catholic University Choir has consistently brought awards and recognitions from international competitions:[8][9]

  • 1st Prize (Mixed Choir) at Nederlands International Koor Festival in 1995, Arnhem
  • 1st Prize (Folklore), 3rd Prize (Mixed Choir), 3rd Prize (Female Choir) at XLV Concorso Polifonico Internazionale "Guido d'Arezzo" in 1997, Arezzo
  • 2nd Prize (Mixed Choir), 2nd Prize (Musica Sacra), 3rd Prize (Folklore A Capella) at 1st Choir Olympics in 2000, Linz
  • 1st Prize (Mixed Choir), 1st Level Achievement at 8th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in 2003
  • 2nd Prize (Volksliedbewerb), 3rd Prize (Kuntsliedbewerb) at 45th International Competition of Choral Singing in 2008, Spittal an der Drau[10]
  • 1st Prize (Folksong Choirs), 2nd Prize (Mixed Choir) at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2010, Eisteddfod, Llangollen[11]
  • 3rd Prize (Free Expression) at 40th Florilege Vocal de Tours in 2011, Tours
  • 2nd Prize (Historical Period) at LXI Concorso Polifonico Internazionale "Guido d'Arezzo" in 2013, Arezzo
  • 1st Prize (Kuntsliedbewerb) at 51st International Competition of Choral Singing in 2014, Spittal an der Drau

Student affairsEdit

Student affairs are supervised by the vice-rector for Student Affairs and the university student president.

Student activities include:

  • Sports: basketball, soccer, chess, tennis, table tennis, softball, badminton, volleyball, hockey, bridge, aerobics, swimming, diving, etc.
  • Self-defense arts: such as Tae Kwon Do, Kempo, Kateda, Silat Pajajaran (traditional self-defense), Perisai Diri, Judo, Karate, Wushu, Nampon, Sinar Teratai, Aikido, Ju Jit Su, Boxing, and Kendo.
  • Arts: local traditional arts, includes Indonesian traditional dances, traditional music (Karawitan) and other Indonesian traditional arts.
  • Choir: It was established 50 years ago (1962) and has been very successful over the years even in international competition; it has won contests in Europe several times.
  • UNPAR facilitates environmental and community-based activities: nature lovers, blood donors, voluntary corps, community science study group, Parahyangan photography unit.
  • Academic-based activities: Parahyangan English Club, Parahyangan Programmer's Club, Parahyangan English Debating Society.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Logo and Philosophy, Parahyangan Catholic University, retrieved 31 August 2015
  2. ^ "Universitas Katolik Parahyangan" (in Indonesian). SRV4 PDDIKT: Pangkalan Data Pendidikan Tinggi. Archived from the original on 2020-11-08.
  3. ^ "Universitas Katolik Parahyangan" (in Indonesian). PDDikti: Pangkalan Data Pendidikan Tinggi. Archived from the original on 2020-11-08.
  4. ^ "Mangadar Situmorang, Ph.D. Elected as Rector of Parahyangan Catholic University for the 2015-2019 term". Parahyangan Catholic University. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Kampus Diharapkan Atasi Masalah Jabar". 21 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2012-06-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Achievement, Parahyangan Catholic University Choir
  9. ^ 2nd Parahyangan International Chamber Choir Competition 2011 (Indonesia), ChoralNet
  10. ^ 2013 - 2004 Winner (in German), Internationaler Chorwettbewerb
  11. ^ Indonesia juara festival paduan suara di Inggris (in Indonesian),, 15 July 2014