Universitas Syiah Kuala was officially established on June 21, 1961 through the Decree of the Minister of Higher Education and Science of the Republic of Indonesia No. 11/1961. The decree for the development was rectified again by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Indonesia on 24 April 1962. That was the happy moment for the Acehnese when a university was officially established after the “live” of a university in Aceh was redeveloped after it was frozen from April 27, 1873 till June 21, 1961.
Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) is the oldest state university in Aceh. It is in Banda Aceh, the capital city of Province of Aceh, Indonesia. It was developed by a foundation established by the leaders of Aceh, known as Panitia Pembangunan KOPELMA (Kota Pelajar dan Mahasiswa) Darussalam – The Committee for Developing Darussalam Students Campus”, supported by the Aceh Provincial Government and financed by the Committee with the funds from the public and from the GASIDA.
Currently USK has 12 faculties and 1 Graduate Program with 15 colleges, 63 bachelor, 6 profession, 32 master, 9 specialists in medicine and 7 doctoral programs. With more than 32,000 active students, Syiah Kuala University (SKU) has become one of the largest universities in Sumatra Island and Indonesia. In addition, USK also received an A-level (best) accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Higher Education of Indonesia in 2015. This accreditation has made the SKU as one of 49 universities in Indonesia both public and private universities with “A” status and as one of 6 universities in Sumatra Island that obtained A-level of accreditation nationally nowadays.
University Website : https://unsyiah.ac.id/en/
Prof. Dr. Hizir Sofyan
Prof. Dr. Hizir Sofyan is the Vice Rector for Planning, Cooperation, and Public Relation Affairs of Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. He is an associate professor at Statistics Department, Syiah Kuala University. He is also a chair person of International Statistical Institute (ISI) Outreach Committee on South East Asia. He obtained his B.Sc in statistics from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology Surabaya, Indonesia in 1992 and his doctoral degree at the Institute of Statistics and Econometrics, School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany in 2003. His supervisors were Prof. Wolfgang Haerdle (Chair of Statistics Department, HU Berlin)and Prof. Oliver Guenther (President of Potsdam University).