Assalamuálaikum wr. wb.
The University of Darussalam (UNIDA) Gontor is an accredited private university and part of traditional Islamic education institution, namely pesantren. Therefore in its educational activities it maintains the vision and mission and spirit of pesantren.
Being university of pesantren, UNIDA Gontor which was initially founded in 1963 had undergone long institutional journey. At the beginning it was named Darussalam Institute of Education, then in 1994 called to Darussalam Institute of Islamic Studies, and finally emerges as the University of Darussalam Gontor in 2014 under the decree of the Ministry of Education and culture the Government of the Republic of Indonesia no. 197/E/O/2014. During that journey it had not only encountered various challenges and gained success, but also gave its meaningful contributions and services for society, nation and religion.
Although, it maintains the spirit of pesantren, UNIDA Gontor academically pays attention to scientific quality, through curriculum and framework of Islamic studies. In addition, human resources development is also given top priority, either through formal education of undergraduate and postgraduate program or scientific forum inland and abroad. At the University of Darussalam Gontor, centre for research and development, publication and centre of study such as Centre for Islamic and Occidental Studies (CIOS), intensive training of young Muslim scholars are instrumental for intellectual development of lecturer. The academic and non-academic activities in this campus could be maintained effectively due to the nature that the whole students and majority of the lecturers resided inside the integrated campus.
All development activities are internally and continuously evaluated by quality control unit and external assessment and regular assessment of National Accreditation Board (BAN-PT). As a result, the entire undergraduate as well as the post-graduate departments are accredited. Institutionally, the University of Darussalam Gontor also has been accredited. At the same time, the activities of its bureaus and structural bodies are continuously developed regularly.
So, UNIDA Gontor is not just university campus. It is much about a milieu of education institution and a scientific community. Certainly, this simple profile is not enough to describe the real situation. Therefore, to come and to see directly the campus of UNIDA Gontor is much better than reading this profile. Please read and your coming to UNIDA Gontor campus, the Fountain of Wisdom, is most welcomed. Ahlan wa sahlan.
Ponorogo, 1 Rabiúl Awwal 1436/ Dec 2014
Prof. Dr. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi, M.A.