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Universitas Terbuka
Motto Making Higher Education Open to All
Established 1984
Type Public
President Prof. Ir. Tian Belawati, M.Ed., Ph.D
Students 585,700
active-April 30, 2012
Location Jakarta, Indonesia
Website www.ut.ac.id

Universitas Terbuka (UT, literally Open University) is Indonesia’s 45th state university and employs open and distance learning (ODL) system to widen access to higher education to all Indonesian citizens, including those who live in remote islands throughout the country as well as in various parts of the world. It has a total student body of more than 460,000.


UT's focus is on educating people who for various reasons including lack of funding, rural isolation and full-time employment, do not have opportunity to attend conventional face-to-face higher education institutions.

The University's mission is:

  1. to expand the opportunity for quality higher education through the distance education system;
  2. to produce competent academicians and professionals who are able to compete globally;
  3. to increase participation in continuing education in order to create a knowledge-based society;
  4. to increase the quality and quantity of research and development in the distance education system, especially in distance higher education;
  5. to innovatively and continuously disseminate and share information on distance education especially on distance higher education;
  6. to strengthen national unity and integrity through the broad and equal provision of higher education;
  7. to increase cross-cultural understanding and networking through local, national and global partnerships;
  8. to produce academic products in distance higher education as well as in other fields of knowledge.


UT has been awarded the ‘International Accreditation’ and ‘Certificate of Quality’ by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Standard Agency (ISA), and ISO 9001:2000 by the Certification bodies, i.e. SAI Global and SGS. UT’s study programs have also been accredited by The National Accreditation Board of Higher Education (BAN-PT).[1]

Flexible learning[edit]

UT offers a learning flexibility system:

  • no time limitation to complete the study, i.e. no dropout system;
  • no time limitation on the year of graduation from senior high school, thus no age limit;
  • all year-round registration period;
  • flexible phase, place and time to study in accordance with student’s own convenience;
  • use of multimedia learning materials, including printed learning materials accompanied by audio and video cassettes/CD, CD-ROM, radio and TV broadcast, as well as Computer-Assisted Instructions (CAI) and Internet-based learning materials.

Learning materials[edit]

Learning activities can be conducted at any where and any time.

Printed material (known as module) serves as the main learning medium, supplemented by non-printed materials such as recorded learning materials (audio video cassettes, CD, radio and TV), as well as computerbased learning materials (CAI and Internet based). UT assures the high quality of its learning materials.

Learning support service[edit]

The learning support services consist of academic and administrative services.

Academic Services The academic services are provided through tutorials. There are two kinds of tutorials: face-to-face and at a distance via radio, television, and internet. Furthermore, practical works are also provided for courses that need practicum. Both tutorials and practical works are facilitated by qualified tutors, instructors, and or supervisors, who come from various well-known public and private universities as well as from UT itself.[citation needed] For certain courses, resource persons are sometimes invited from business, industry and other relevant sectors.

Administrative Services Administrative services are emphasized in providing assistance to students in registration, obtaining learning materials, applying for credit transfer, and addressing other matters that can influence students’ study process.

Student Assessment[edit]

The assessment of student learning is based on: tutorial assignments, practical works, practicum assignments, and final examination. These components reflect students’ overall learning achievement and contribute to the semester final grades of the students.

UT administers final examinations at the end of every semester or twice a year. Final examinations are conducted as supervised pencil-paper tests simultaneously throughout the country. Students who take the Bachelor (Sarjana/S1) Programs are required to take the Program’s Final Assignment at the end of the program as part of the requirements. Students who take the Master Programs (S2) are required to write Master Program’s Final Assignment (a thesis) and pass the final oral examination. For certain courses and cases UT also offers the opportunity for students to take the examination on-line.

Final grades are announced via various methods including through UT website, and UPBJJ-UT.

Credit Transfer[edit]

UT students may apply for credit transfer for courses previously taken from other accredited universities.

Operational Networking[edit]

UT has 37 regional offices, known as UPBJJ-UT,[2] in 32 provinces. To support their operations, each UPBJJ-UT establishes close collaboration with various institutions, particularly with:

  • The local public and private universities for getting tutors, practicum instructors, and examination supervisors;
  • Local governments for conducting tutorials and examination, as well as for getting scholarships for students; and
  • Local radio and TV stations for relaying the tutorials and information about academic activities. The regular tutorials broadcast by the national radio stations (RRI).

At the national level, UT also has long standing collaborations with:

  • Q-Channel and TV-Edukasi for broadcasting UT’s TV programs;
  • RRI for broadcasting radio tutorials;
  • BRI and BTN for receiving tuition fees and learning materials purchase from students; and
  • PT Pos Indonesia for delivering the learning materials, examination documents and other supporting materials.


UT has established partnerships with other institutions, including the Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Home Affairs, Navy, Ministry of Defense and Security, Ministry of Agriculture, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Nusantara, PT Pos Indonesia, Central Bureau for Statistics, PT Indosat, PT Tugu Pratama, National Coordinating Agency for Family Planning (BKKBN), and Al-Zaitun Islamic Boarding School, Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), National Archives of Indonesia (ANRI), National Civil Service Agency (BKN), School of Business and Management (STEKPI), PT Jakarta Software Komunikasi and all provincial agencies, regencies and towns in Indonesia.

UT also has close relationships with various international organizations such as the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Center(SEAMOLEC).

UT is one of the founding members of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), and the Global Mega-University Network (GMUNET). In addition UT is also an active member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).[3]

Academic Program[edit]

UT has four Faculties and one Graduate Program that offer more than 30 Study Programs, including Master Programs (S2), Bachelor Programs (Sarjana/S1), Diploma Programs (D1, D2, D3, and D4), and Certificate Programs.[4]

Faculty of Teacher Training and Educational Sciences [1][edit]

Bachelor (S1) Programs

  • Indonesian and Literature Eduacation
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physics Education
  • Chemistry Education
  • Biology Education
  • Economics Education
  • Pancasila and Civics Education
  • Primary School Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher

Certificate Programs

  • Indonesian for Foreigners[5]
  • Public Administration of District Area[6]

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences [2][edit]

Bachelor (S1) Programs

  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Government Studies
  • Communication Science
  • Sociology
  • English Translation

Diploma 4(D4) Program

  • Archive

Diploma 3(D3) Program

  • Taxation

Diploma 2(D2) Program

  • Library Science

Faculty of Economics [3][edit]

Bachelor (S1) Program

  • Economics Development
  • Management
  • Accounting

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences [4][edit]

Bachelor (S1) Program

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Agribusiness, Majoring in Agricultural Extension and Communication/Animal Husbandry/Fishery
  • Food Technology and Science

Diploma 1(D1) Program

  • Environmental Management

Graduate Programs [5][edit]

Master (S2) Programs

  • Administration Science, majoring in Public Administration
  • Management
  • Marine Science, majoring in Fishery Management
  • Mathematics Education


Data Processing Services[edit]

Since its establishment in 1984, UT has provided computerized database analysis services. UT has up to date hardware and software facilities, including computer application programs that have been developed for specific needs of UT and other users of UT services.

Facilities For Development, Storage, and Distribution Printed Materials[edit]

UT has human resource and equipment in desktop publishing that can provide services in preparing printed materials. In addition, UT staffs have extensive experience in distributing printed materials to districts in Sumatera, Java, Bali, and West Nusa Tenggara.[citation needed]

Multimedia Production Facilities[edit]

UT has a Multimedia Production Center with facilities and human resources. The staffs are professionally trained in audio visual development and production in Indonesia and overseas.[citation needed] Several government and private institutions have utilized this, company profiles, promotions, and learning materials in the form of video, audio-tape, audio-graphics, slides, and VCD.

Sporting Facilities[edit]

UT provides room facilities for meetings, seminars, workshops. UT Convention Center and lodging has capacity of 3,000 people. The following facilities are:

  • Wisma I, II, and III with 106 rooms.
  • Jogging track, outdoor tennis courts, futsal court, basketball court and fitness center.
  • UT Convention Center (UTCC).

Human Resource Development services[edit]

UT offers the following programs: Upgrading qualifications of human resource in:

  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Government Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Taxation Studies
  • Language Services
  • Management, Accounting Studies
  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Applied Statistics, Mathematics, and Science
  • Food Technology
  • Agricultural Extension Programs

Education and Training for Managers and Instructors:

  • Training needs analysis
  • Making plans for training center
  • Developing learning materials, either printed or electronic
  • Providing in-house training, either face-to face or at a distance
  • Training program Evaluation

Community extension Programs:

  • Need Analysis for types of extensions programs
  • Development and production of extension programs media, either printed or electronic
  • Training for extension officers

Communication strategies:

  • Public Speaking
  • Public Relations Consultancy
  • Organizational Communication

Training for operators and computer programmers:

  • Word Processing
  • Database
  • Web Design
  • Publishing
  • Library Automation


  • Management
  • Supervision consultancy
  • Regional economic potential

Research and development[edit]

The Center for Research and Community Services of UT (LPPM-UT) has four centers:

  • Center of Institutional Research and System Development
  • Center of Science
  • Center of Community Services
  • Inter-University Center for Improving and Developing Instructional Activities (IUC-IDIA)

Research The LPPM-UT specializes research and development in the following areas:

  • Open and Distance Education
  • Evaluation of Educational
  • Educational Management
  • Policy and Institutional Studies
  • Social Development
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Regional Development
  • Agriculture, Fishery, and Husbandry
  • Sciences
  • Instructional Media
  • Consultancy and Research Training
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Development of Management Information System LPPM-UT provides:

  • Management Information System Design.
  • Application of Computerized Management Information
  • Systems Application
  • website Design and Development
  • Information Systems Development
  • Information Systems Evaluation
  • Media Prototype Development

Community Services Community services include:

  • Training for continuing education programs.
  • Development of people’s empowerment programs to improve the quality of life.
  • Development of networks and partnerships to support the continuing education and social services programs.
  • Professional consultancy services in people’s empowerment, human resource, education, and development of both organization and society.

Development and Improvement of Instructions"" The Inter-University Center for Improving and Developing of Instructional Activities (IUC-IDIA) has a mission to improve the quality of instruction at higher levels of education at open and distance higher education and conventional universities. The IUC-IDIA professional staff have experience in conducting needs analysis, developing programs, curriculum development, assessment of learning, evaluating instructional programs, developing the prototype of learning materials, developing multi-media course materials, developing computer-based tutorials, and professional training for educators, trainers, and instructor.

The IUC-IDIA services include:

  • Programs for Improving the Basic Skills of Instructional Techniques (PEKERTI)
  • Applied Approach (AA)
  • Development of Distance Learning Systems
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Materials Development
  • Tutor’s Training
  • Instructional Media Development
  • Development of Computer-Assisted Tutorial
  • Achievement Evaluation
  • Classroom Action Research

The IUC-IDIA also provides consulting services for institution capacity building in education and training, particularly in the area of instructional activities and academic programs.

The IUC-IDIA has strategic alliances with other units within UT itself, with over 51 state-owned universities, and with education and training centers in 25 Departments, Colleges belonged to certain governmental departments, as well as education and training centers for specific fields (e.g. Banking, department stores, supermarkets, etc.)[citation needed]


  1. ^ Quality Assurance, in Indonesia language.
  2. ^ Distance Learning Program Unit
  3. ^ Members of ICDE in ASIA
  4. ^ Universitas Terbuka Profile Booklet
  5. ^ Launched in 2009.2, available for foreign students
  6. ^ Available for certain UPBJJ-UT

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