Bandung Institute of Technology

The Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesian: Institut Teknologi Bandung, abbreviated as ITB) is a state, coeducational research university located in Bandung, Indonesia. Established in 1920, ITB is the oldest technology-oriented university in Indonesia.

ITB was considered the top choice among Indonesia's high school students in 2006 and has been credited as one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia, together with Gadjah Mada University and University of Indonesia.[4][5] Sukarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia, earned his engineering degree in civil engineering from ITB. Furthermore, B. J. Habibie, the third president of Indonesia, also spent a year in the mechanical engineering department of ITB and is officially recognized as a graduate.

The university cultivates professional and social activities by supporting its students' unions, the student government councils that exist in every department. Each students' union has its own distinctly designed jacket that, among other traditions, serves as part of its member identity. There are also a number of student activity units/clubs supporting ITB student interests in rounding out their educational experience. It is not uncommon that the students and alumni are identified by the clubs to which they belong (or used to belong) at ITB, in addition to their class year and major.

The university is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia exchanging students and senior scholars.

As of early 2016, ITB had nine undergraduate study programs been internationally accredited from an independent U.S.-based accrediting institution, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, where ITB and IPB or Bogor Agricultural University are the only public universities in Indonesia with this particular international accrediting institution. The ten study programs are Electrical Engineering, Informatics, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management, Ocean Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.

ITB's march "Mars ITB" and hymn "Hymne ITB" were arranged by a former professor, Prof. Dr. Sudjoko Danoesoebrata.[6]

Bandung Institute of Technology
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Institut Teknologi Bandung logo
Former name
Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng (Dutch)
MottoIn Harmonia Progressio
Motto in English
Progress in Harmony
TypePublic university
EstablishedJuly 3, 1920 (as Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng)
March 2, 1959 (as Institut Teknologi Bandung)
RectorProf. Dr. Ir. Kadarsah Suryadi, DEA (2015-present)
Academic staff
1,207 (as of 2014):[1]
Undergraduate: 19 (1.57%)[1]
Graduate: 300 (24.85%)[1]
Doctorate: 888 (73.57%)[1]
Students19,747 (as of 2014)[1]
Undergrad : 14,320 (as of 2014)[1]
Postgrad : 4,776 (as of 2014)[1]
Doctoral : 651 (as of 2014)[1]
Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung
6°53′27″S 107°36′37″E / 6.890903°S 107.610378°ECoordinates: 6°53′27″S 107°36′37″E / 6.890903°S 107.610378°E
795,646 m2[1]
ColorsDeep Cobalt Blue     [2][3]
AffiliationsABET, ASAIHL, AUN, EBA Consortium, ASEA UNINET, Global E3, AOTULE, SEATUC
Institut Teknologi Bandung logo with namestyle

Historical Background

COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Technische Hogeschool aan het IJzermanpark te Bandung Java TMnr 10002359
De Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng, circa 1924-1932
COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM De Technische Hogeschool in Bandoeng TMnr 10028375
The East Hall of Tecnische Hogeschool in Bandung in 1929

ITB traces its origin to de Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng (THB) which was established by the Dutch colonial administration to meet the needs of technical resources in Dutch East Indies. The school building was designed in 1918 by a Dutch architect named Henri Maclaine Pont, who was inspired by Indonesian vernacular architecture and blending it with modern elements.[7] When the school opened its door for the first time on July 3, 1920, it only had one department namely 'de Faculteit van Technische Wetenschap' (Faculty of Technical Science) and one academic major of 'de afdeeling der Weg en Waterbouw' (the department of Road and Water resources engineering).

During the Japanese occupation in 1942-1945, the institute was renamed Kōgyō Daigaku (工業大学, 'Industrial University'). When Indonesia declared its independence the campus was renamed "Sekolah Tinggi Teknik" (STT) (Technical High School) in 1945. However a year later the Netherlands returned to Indonesia and took directorship of the campus, it was used as "Nood-Universiteit van Nederlandsch Indië" (emergency university of Dutch East Indies). Later in 1947 the campus housed the Faculteit van Technische Wetenschap (faculty of engineering) and Faculteit van Exacte Wetenschap (faculty of science) which is under Universiteit van Indonesië (later University of Indonesia). In 1950 after the Netherlands left Indonesia, the university became faculty of engineering and faculty of natural sciences, under University of Indonesia.

On March 2, 1959, the 2 faculty of University of Indonesia in Bandung was declared a separate academic entity. On Government Regulation (Peraturan Pemerintah) No. 155/2000, ITB was declared a Legal Enterprise (Badan Hukum). Bandung Institute of Technology was founded for higher learning in natural sciences, technologies, and fine arts.


West Hall of ITB
ITB library building
ITB Library in 2007

The ITB main campus, to the north of the downtown Bandung, and its other campuses, cover a total area of 770,000 square metres.

Students and faculty housing, and administrative headquarters are not on the main campus, but are located within proximity. Facilities on the campus include book shops, a post office, student cafeteria and medical clinic.

In addition to lecture rooms, laboratories, workshops and studios, ITB has an art gallery, sports facilities and a student activities' centre. For implementation of academic and research activities there are seven academic support facilities, namely, the Central Library (with approximately 150,000 books and 1000 journal titles) on campus, Sports Centre, Language Centre and the Bosscha Observatory (a facility of the Department of Astronomy) in Lembang, 11 kilometres to the north of Bandung.


Admission and Selectivity

Admission to ITB is conducted through nationwide entrance examination (SNMPTN & SBMPTN). Historically ITB has been the most selective University in the nation.[8] In 2000, the last Asiaweek survey available, ITB ranked first in Asia in student selectivity.[9] In the 2007 and 2008 national entrance examination, ITB has the highest average score as well as the highest passing grade in the nation.[10][11] The aggregate admission rate in 2008 was around 4%,[10] which was lower than the admission rate of Harvard in the same year (9%)[12]

Quality and Reputation

Several national, regional, and global surveys have been conducted to assess the quality of universities. ITB is among the first choices of college applicants to enter higher education.[4][5] In a 1991 survey, the top 200 high school students in the national entrance examination indicated ITB as their first choice.[8]

THE-QS, a UK-based University ranking survey, ranked ITB 80th in the field of Engineering and IT in the world, the only university in Indonesia within the top 100 in its field. The first rank in the field was MIT.[13] ITB is considered to have the highest selectivity in the field of science and engineering in the SNMPTN (nationwide state university entrance test) in 2009 from 422,159 examinees competing for its limited 2,000 seats.[14] As of 2015, Bandung Institute of Technology is ranked #252 worldwide for Engineering and IT and #51 worldwide for Art and Design.[15][16]

The passing grades required to enter its top three favorite faculties i.e., Faculty of Industrial Technology (FTI),Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FTMD),School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (STEI) and Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering (FTTM) are the highest in the nationwide state university entrance test (SNMPTN & SBMPTN). Its business school, School of Business and Management (SBM) is considered as the most prestigious and elite business school in Indonesia and regarded as the best business school in Indonesia by eduniversal ranking, global brand magazine and SWA Magazine, the most popular business magazine in Indonesia.[17]


According to ITB rector, ITB had built an eight-storey mining research centre for both national and international research such as research on oil reservoirs, production optimisation, geological exploitation and coal exploitation development worth Rp110 billion ($12.1 million).[18]

Faculties and Programs

Natural Sciences Cluster

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS)

Indonesian: Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (FMIPA)

School of Life Sciences and Technology - Science Program (SLST-S)

Indonesian: Sekolah Ilmu dan Teknologi Hayati - Program Sains (SITH-S)

School of Pharmacy (SP)

Indonesian: Sekolah Farmasi (SF)

Engineering Cluster

School of Life Sciences and Technology - Engineering Program (SLST-E)

Indonesian: Sekolah Ilmu dan Teknologi Hayati - Program Rekayasa (SITH-R)

Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology (FEST)

Indonesian: Fakultas Ilmu dan Teknologi Kebumian (FITB)

Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering (FMPE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Pertambangan dan Perminyakan (FTTM)

Faculty of Industrial Technology (FIT)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknologi Indutri (FTI)

School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (SEEI)

Indonesian: Sekolah Teknik Elektro dan Informatika (STEI)

Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FMAE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Mesin dan Dirgantara (FTMD)

Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (FCEE)

Indonesian: Fakultas Teknik Sipil dan Lingkungan (FTSL)

School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPD)

Indonesian: Sekolah Arsitektur, Perancangan, dan Pengembangan Kebijakan (SAPPK)

Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities Cluster

Faculty of Art and Design (FAD)

Indonesian: Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain (FSRD)

School of Business and Management (SBM)

Indonesian: Sekolah Bisnis dan Manajemen (SBM)

Notable people and alumni


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B. J. Habibie

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