Occupying a large area totaling 180 hectares as its main campus in Sukolilo, an area in the vicinity of East Surabaya, not only does ITS provide advantages for both excellent scientific activities and pleasant natural life environment, but it also has a very friendly atmosphere and enormous community spirit. To this main campus should be added the Manyar campus, home of the Diploma-3 Program in Civil Engineering, and the Cokroaminoto campus, where the Graduate Program in Management, ITS Cultural Center, and some collaborative institutions are based.

The Institute has long been maintaining its reputation for innovative and proactive relationships with industry and the public services. Recognized as one of the best technology universities in Indonesia, ITS offers great and challenging career prospects to its graduates. Many of our graduates are now occupying top positions in business, as well as public organizations. Joining ITS means ensuring your head start in today’s competitive job market.

Currently, ITS has a wide range of degree and non-degree programs which are managed under five faculties, i.e., Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning, Faculty of Marine Technology and Faculty of Information Technology. In addition, two polytechnics operate under the Institute’s management, i.e., Electronic State Polytechnics and Shipbuilding State Polytechnics.
ITS offers 76 courses run under 6 doctorate programs (S-3), 13 master programs (S-2), 22 undergraduate programs (S-1), 6 programs of three-year diploma (D-3) under the Faculty of Industrial Technology and Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning, 4 programs of four-year diploma of polytechnic (D-4), and 8 programs of three-year diploma of polytechnic (D-3).


The history of ITS dates back to 1954 when The Indonesian Engineers’ Association held a national conference in Bogor. It was then that the idea of founding an Institute of Technology in Surabaya was instigated. Such an idea culminated during the Association’s first five-year aniversary in Surabaya in 1957. On 17th August 1957, the Surabaya-Branch Association established a Foundation of Technical College, which was chaired by dr. Angka Nitisastro.

On 10th November 1957 the Foundation launched the Sepuluh Nopember Technical College of Surabaya, which was officially inaugurated by the late President Soekarno, the first President of Indonesia. The college then had two departments: Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. This private technical college was later awarded the status of state institute of technology under the Government Regulation No. 9/1961 dated 23rd March 1961, which marked the birth of the Institute on 10th November 1960.

In 1977 ITS received a loan of US $ 25 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the development of its four faculties: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering , and Faculty of Chemical Engineering. It was under this loan that the development of ITS’s campus in Sukolilo was funded. The first phase of this development was completed in 1982. ITS received another ADB loan of US $ 47 million in 1994 for the development of all of the faculties within the Institute, focusing on marine technology. This program was completed in 2000. In addition to these loans, a grant from the German Government/GTZ was also received (1978-1986) for the development of the Faculty of Naval Architecture. In the meantime, ITS has developed to be a big and important institute of technology with 5 faculties and two polytechnics as previously mentioned.

ITS is currently taking serious steps to become an internationally accredited university. Its teaching and research activities are now focused on preparing to be in the 100 Asian’s best universities or in the 500 World’s best universities. The Institute has been adopting a new paradigm by means of implementing sequential accelerations to be an economic development university (EDU), whilst at the same time, strengthening its foundation for a reputable teaching and research university.

The involvement of ITS in various social and community projects have proven its concerns and commitment to the community development. The Institute has contributed for many different community works. The creation of 1000 makeshift houses for the Tsunami tidal wave casualties in Aceh in 2005 and the prototypes of small boats dedicated to fishermen in this province and the neighboring areas are among the evidence.


ITS is determined to become a university of international recognition in science, technology, and arts that supports industrial and marine developments under environmental perspectives.


Dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, and arts, the Institute has the following targets as its particular missions :

1. the production of high-quality graduates.
2. the development of research and innovative works which are relevant to the national and Asia-Pacific development.
3. the development of competitive services in information and science and technology that support the national and Asia-Pacific development.
4. the development of scientific-management in attempt of creating a favourable academic atmosphere for science and technology.
5. the development of academic ethics and norms for academic society empowerment in favour of civilizations and cultures.


ITS endeavours to achieve excellences in education and teaching to produce graduates of strong religious faith and morale, competent knowledge and skills, good mental and physical health, self-supporting personality, and dedicated social responsibility, who - with their professional and academic attitudes - are capable of applying, developing and disseminating science and technolgy by means of resource development and research and study to support environment-based industrial and marine development. The education process in ITS is therefore aimed at:

  • building up better social life
  • building up scientific attitude
  • building up leadership attitude
  • building up competent skills


ITS has a strong commitment to provide high-quality graduates with sound academic background and strong personal grounding which will greatly assist them in their professions. This high standard is achieved through regular assessments to meet the requirements of high quality education.

At the end of 2005 ITS had 17,004 students, supported by 903 lecturers with the qualifications of 299 BSc, 457 masters and 147 doctors, among others, are 44 professors.

Study Loads

The study loads in ITS is called Satuan Kredit Semester or SKS.

  • One credit point of lecture means:
    Working 3 activities per week: 50 minutes of lecture, 50-100 minutes structured activities, 50-100 minutes of self-academic activities
  • One credit point of “responsive lecture” (tutorial) means:
    Working 2 activities per week: 50-100 minutes of scheduled lectures and 100 minutes of self activities.
  • One credit point of laboratory/studio work means:
    Working tasks at laboratory or studio for 4-5 hours per week

The student study load per semester would be about 18 credit points. It means in a week, they would have 18 x 3 = 52 study hours per week or about 10 hours a day to study.

Academic Adviser (Dosen Wali)

An academic adviser helps students in:

  • Arranging academic plan
  • Monitoring their progress in study
  • Consultation for academic difficulties
  • Guiding in the study process

Study Programs

ITS offers various degree and non-degree programs organized by departments and polytechnics within the Institute. Please visit the Web site of the department/polytechnic of your choice for more information. The degree and non-degree programs are listed below.

  • Undergraduate Programs (S.1) with a study load of 144 credit points, completed within 8 semesters
  • Master Programs (S.2) with a study load of 36-48 credit points, completed within 4 semesters
  • Doctoral Programs (S.3) with a study load of 50 credit points, completed within 6 semesters
  • Vocational Three-Year Diploma Programs (D.3) with a study load of 110 credit points and taken within 6 semesters
  • Vocational Polytechnic Programs (3-Year and 4-Year Diplomas) with a study load of 112-115 credit points, completed within 6 semesters

The following is a list of degrees offered by ITS through its various study programs.

Academic Degrees

  • Undergraduate Degrees (S.1)
    • First Degree in Engineering (S.T.)
    • First Degree in Science (S.Si.)
    • First Degree in Computer Technology (S.Kom.)
  • Graduate Degrees (Master/S.2)
    • Master in Engineering (M.T.)
    • Master in Science (M.Si.)
    • Master in Computer Technology (M.Kom.)
    • Master in Technology Management (M.M.T.)
  • Graduate Degrees (Doctoral/S.3)
    • Doctor in Engineering or Science (Dr.)

Vocational Diplomas and Degree

  • Diploma-3 (D.3)
  • Ahli Madya (A.Md.)
  • First Degree in Applied Science (S.St.)

Research & Collaboration

To support ITS targets, i.e. giving significant contribution of high-quality education in Science Development, Arts, and Technology (IPTEKS) for national, regional and international development, the Institute of Research and Public Services (LPPM)-ITS carries out incessant researches and services which are of significant benefit to the community.

In addition, LPPM ITS has also developed a center which has carried out studies of Intellectual Properties Rights (HKI) and promotion of IPTEKS.

Cooperation of ITS and industrial world is an important tool for transferring knowledge and skills from academic institutions to industries or vice versa.

ITS is now taking serious efforts to be a university with international accreditation. The first objective is to prepare the Institute to enter 100 Asian’s best universities and 500 World’s best universities.

The current running paradigm of education is carried out by sequential accelerations to be an economic development university (EDU), whilst at the same time, strengthening the basics of teaching and research university.

Phenomenal contribution from ITS to the community is the creation of makeshift houses to tsunami victims in Aceh; in collaboration with the government of East Java and business community, ITS grants 1,000 such houses to them. ITS has also prepared prototypes of small boats for fishermen in Aceh and neighboring areas.

Various works of scientific and social significance produced by ITS students, graduates and staff have been dedicated to the community and industrial world to help them for economic and social benefits. This tradition of mutual trust and cooperation has been carried out to meet the institution’s vision of social dedication and work.


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