Petra Christian University

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Petra Christian University
Universitas Kristen Petra
Seal of PCU - Petra Christian University
MottoLatin: Amor, Integritas, Incrementum, Humilitas et Veritas
Motto in English
Let Your LIGHT Shine (LIGHT: Love, Integrity, Growth, Humility & Truth)
TypePrivate university
Established (1961-08-08) August 8, 1961 (age 58)
AffiliationAsian University Presidents Forum
Religious affiliation
PresidentIr. Hary Sudjoko Listijo
Vice-presidentYos Handarto Poernomo, M.A.
ProvostR. Arja Angka A.A.A. Sadjiarto, S.E., M.Ak., Ak.
RectorProf. Dr. Djwantoro Hardjito, M.Eng.
Students8,805 [1]
Undergraduates8,002 [1]
Postgraduates803 [1]
Siwalankerto 121 - 131
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7°20′22.1″S 112°44′15.1″E / 7.339472°S 112.737528°E / -7.339472; 112.737528Coordinates: 7°20′22.1″S 112°44′15.1″E / 7.339472°S 112.737528°E / -7.339472; 112.737528
Student newspaperDwi Pekan Online
ColoursThe University: Sapphire blue
House of Arts and Design
House of Civil and Planning
House of Industrial Technology
House of Economics
House of Letters
House of Communication
House of Education
Petra Christian University is located in Surabaya
Petra Christian University
UK Petra location

Petra Christian University commonly abbreviated as PCU is a major and oldest private Christian university in Indonesia, located in the heart of Wonocolo District in Surabaya, East Java - Indonesia. It was established in 1961, founded by PPPK Petra, an educational Christian based on Surabaya which established in 1951. The Petra name itself developed from Greek language that has meaning a coral reef.[2] It is Indonesia's best private university in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. In the rankings, PCU standing out as the only private university in Indonesia to make the top 15.[3][4][5][6]


PCU in 1970, House of Civil and Planning, established in 1962
PCU in 1977, Green field zone near Block-W, the University Centre Building
PCU in 2017, new Green Building Complex Block-Q, House of Arts and Design

The establishment of Petra Christian University as well known as PCU should always be associated with Petra Christian Education and Teaching Association or PPPK Petra (Perhimpunan Pendidikan dan Pengajaran Kristen). PPPK Petra is a Christian union established on 12 April 1951 with the purpose to provide education from the level of kindergarten to senior high schools.

The idea of establishing a university which aimed to give the opportunity for its alumni to get higher education has existed since 1956.

On 21 September 1960, the Committee of University Establishment Planning Preparation was formed, with the duty to prepare all the necessities to establish a university. The members of the committee were: drg. Tan Tjiaw Yong, Gouw Loe Liong, drg. Tan Gie Djien, Tjoa Siok Tjoen, Lie Ping Lioe and Kwee Djien Kian. On 8 August 1961, the coordinators decided to establish Petra Christian University with its first department, Faculty of Letters.

On 22 September 1961, the 10th anniversary PPPK Petra, the establishment of Petra Christian University was made public. Several days later, on 28 September 1961, the coordinators of PPPK Petra formed the Directorate of University Affairs, whose duty was to manage the university and temporarily to act as Sponsor Board members. The members of the directorate were drg. Tan Tjiaw Yong, Ir. O.F. Patty, dr. Mesakh Wignjohoesodo, Gouw Loe Liong and J.A. Sereh. A year later, on 15 September 1962, the second house of department, Civil Engineering and planning, was established.

Realizing the growth of the university, the coordinators re-evaluate the internal regulation of PPPK. On 18 July 1964, a committee for the establishment of Petra Christian University Foundation was set up with the members of the committee, Jacob Elfinus Sahetapy SH, drg. Tan Tjiaw Yong, dr. M. Wignjohoesodo, Kho Hong Pie, R.M.S. Kertonadi and P.H. Saroinsong. The establishment concept of Petra Christian University Foundation (YPTK Petra) was accepted on 22 October 1964, and it was legally constituted on 7 January 1965.[7]

Currently PCU has around 10,000 students who come from various regions in Indonesia and abroad. The education carried out includes Postgraduate and Undergraduate (S1) programs consisting of six Faculties, namely: the Faculty of Literature, the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Planning, the Faculty of Industrial Technology, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Arts & Design, and the Faculty of Communication Sciences. In addition to academic education programs, Petra Christian University also organizes several professional programs that provide practical knowledge and skills for professionals and high school / vocational students.

House of Faculties and Departments[edit]

The academic faculties at Petra Christian University (PCU) are:

  • House of Arts and Design
    • Interior Design & Furniture
    • Fashion Design & Textile
    • Visual Communication Design
    • International Program in Digital Media
  • House of Civil and Planning
    • Civil Engineering
    • Architecture
  • House of Industrial Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Information Engineering
    • Business Information System
    • International Business and Engineering
  • House of Economics
    • Business Accounting
    • Tax Accounting
    • Business Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Financial Management
    • Tourism Management
    • Hotelier Management
    • International Business Management
    • International Business Accounting
  • House of Letters
    • English Literature for Business
    • English Literature for Creative Industry
    • Chinese Literature
  • House of Communication
    • Communication Studies
  • House of Education
    • Childhood Education Studies
    • Primary Education Studies

Student Life[edit]

Student Media[edit]

DESA INFORMASI TELEVISION (DIVO) is the official student media in the PCU campus. It is an online augmented reality board media platform founded supported by the House of Arts and House of Communications of PCU University student's. The online information board is open to the existing student population and provides coverage of both on and off campus events. DIVO is an electronic media that is spread at various points within the PCU campus area, which is provided to display information in the form of multimedia, for all academicians during their activities on campus.[8]

Library and Publication Media[edit]

With the motto "A caring learning zone" Petra Christian University (PCU) Library wants to achieve the formation of a learning community through its new role as a companion and professional partner for the academic community and practitioners. Petra Christian University has a library that is intended for students to explore various information. PCU Library is the largest and most comprehensive library in East Java. As an information center that serves the information needs of all academicians and the general public, Petra Christian University Library provides various types of quality services supported by information technology oriented to user satisfaction, such as reference and information services, collection lending services, magazine and journal services, audio visual services, information retrieval, database services, membership to outside communities and several other types of services.[9]

In addition to collections in printed form such as books and magazines, this library also owns and continues to develop digital collections which are local production as learning resources such as Digital Theses (Petra Final University student's Thesis),[10] e-Dimensions (Dimension journal articles),[11] Surabaya Memory (documentation of the development of the city of Surabaya from time to time), Petra @rt Gallery (artwork of Petra Christian University campus community by House of Arts), Petra iPoster (poster of activities or events on Petra Christian University campus), Petra Chronicle (historical documents and developments of Petra Christian University). In this library there is also a collection of audio visuals and ProQuest online journal databases that are subscribed routinely.[12]

Mobility Programme[edit]

Besides exchanging to the Indonesian campus, PCU student's may also take part in Student exchange and Dual degree mobility programme together with Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA), in which students may also be exchanged with universities partner to the overseas Universities from Australia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many other countries.[13]

These exchanges are not guaranteed but subject to agreement by the exchange partners at the time.


Grassland View from PCU - Anta Car Station

The university provides a free university shuttle car commuting between the campus and Car station. Shuttle car services are offered free as a university incentive to provide greener sustainable transport and to alleviate on-campus parking issues. However, shuttle car services are by regulations restricted to students and staff of the university. The nearest public shuttle route is at the nearest park of Anta Park, approximately 0,5 km from campus.[14]

Supporting Churches[edit]

Batak Christian Protestant Church in 1971

The members of Petra Christian University Foundation is constitutive of the representatives of PPPK Petra, the representatives of supporting churches, and some influential Christian figures.

Since 1965, YPTK Petra has had the support of seven church denominations in Surabaya:

In 1991, Gereja Gereformeerd Surabaya was named Gereja Kristen Indonesia; therefore, YPTK Petra has then had the support of six churches in Surabaya.

Partner Institution[edit]



South Korea[edit]





United Kingdom[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Student population 2015/2016 - The Petra Christian University Students Data". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ "About Petra Christian University". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  3. ^ "Universitas Kristen Petra, Universitas swasta terbaik di Indonesia". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  4. ^ "Universitas Kristen Petra". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  5. ^ "University Rankings". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  6. ^ "Jawa Pos - PCU The Best Private University in Indonesia". (Jawa Pos). 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Universitas Kristen Petra". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  8. ^ "Official Student Media - DESA INFORMASI TELEVISION (DIVO)". 26 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Dewey PCU library Web access Collection". Dewey PCU. 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Digital Collection of PCU library, Web access Collection for student's Thesis". 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Database E-Journal Dimensions of PCU library, Web access Collection of E-Book". 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Library of Petra Christian University - Surabaya, East Java - Indonesia". 26 September 2018.
  13. ^ "PMK PCU Online Mobility Programme". 26 September 2018.
  14. ^ "PCU Shuttle Transportation". PCU Official Website. 26 September 2018.

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