Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (UIN-SUKA) is the oldest institute of higher education in Indonesia. The establishment of the university was marked by its transformation from the Faculty of Religion at the Islamic University of Indonesia Yogyakarta (UII) to a State College of Islamic Studies (PTAIN) in accordance with Presidential Regulation number 34 in 1950. This was followed by development into a State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) following Presidential Regulation number 11 in 1960 under the name Al-Jami’ah al-Islamiyah al-Hukumiyah. In 1963, this was divided into two institutes under the Minister of Religion’s Decree 49 made on February 25th, 1963: IAIN Yogyakarta and IAIN Jakarta. The IAIN Yogyakarta branch was officially granted the name IAIN SunanKalijaga through the Minister of Religion’s Decree 26 in 1965.
In 2004, IAIN SunanKalijaga was officially transformed into a university with the name State Islamic University SunanKalijaga (UIN-SUKA). Becoming a university, UIN-SUKA bears wider mandate to develop a number of new faculties, including the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as the Faculty of Islamic Economy and Business.
UIN-SUKA has earned a reputation for developing the paradigm of “integration-interconnection” by integrating both religious and general fields of studies. This paradigm become the characteristic of UIN-SUKA as developing intensive dialogue between hadlarah an-nas, hadlarah al-ilm and hadlarah al-falsafah. The University confirms the concern for the development of both the Muslim community and wider society. Maintaining high academic standards, UIN-SUKA established a member of AUN-QA Network as its quality assurance, and is the reference in Islamic Studies. Developing its national and international reputation, the University set its goal of becoming a research-oriented “ World Class University in Islamic Studies”.