On the morning of December 31, 2016, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta has inaugurated the new Rector for the period 2017-2020. In the inauguration ceremony, presented whole UMY achievements during the period 2012-2016 and the New Rector Programs for the next 4 years.

Prof.Dr.Bambang Cipto, M.A as the former Rector in the period of time have carved several achievements such Better Accreditation and international recognition. The Ohio University Alumni of 1980 delivered his highest gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work of all staffs, lecturers, deans, and director of the graduate program who have helped him in accelerating his program over the last 4 years.

During Dr. Bambang leadership, UMY has achieved grade “A” accreditation. This indicates that UMY has been recognized as one of the Best Private Universities in Indonesia. UMY also managed to obtain international accreditation of QS Stars with 5 Star acquisition for field facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness, 4-star to 3-star field of Teaching and Employability.

The New Rector of UMY, Dr.Ir Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P stated that Islamic Universities should brought the education values reflected in the best universities in europe and middle east to form better moslem scholars and islamic society. Together with the modern values of Muhammadiyah, the Rector hopes that during the term of his leadership in the future UMY could achieve more and deliver better quality of education.

In realization of his vision, the former of Vice Rector for academic affairs has stated his target for the next leadership. First, 70 percent of all programs will be accredited “A”, 60 percent of all lecturers will achieved their Doctoral Degree, the university will have 40 professors, 1000 papers will be indexed, and increasing number of UMY alumni contribution for Muhammadiyah.

Lastly, Representative of Private Universtiy Coordinator, Dr. Ir. Bambang Supriyadi, CES., DEA. reported that most of the current high unemployment numbers are Private University Graduates. Therefore, he suggested that UMY should improve their employability rate and the pursue to the top 1000 of best universities in Asia. (AF)