UNAND is the oldest university outside of Java Island, and the fourth oldest university in Indonesia. This university was established in 1956 following the Decree of Minister of Education and Culture No. 80016/Kab; 23 December 1955.
UNAND was officially launched at 13 September 1956 by four of its founding fathers together with the Dr. stMohammad Hatta, Indonesia’s 1Vice President, and the Minister of Education and Culture Bapak Sarino Mangoenpranoto.
In its early years, UNAND had five faculties that were spread at different municipalities. Faculty of Agriculture in Payakumbuh, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Natural Science in Bukittinggi, Faculty of Law in Padang, and Faculty of Teaching and Education in Batusangkar. UNAND has several campuses scattered all over West Sumatra province to provide equal and contextual education for the right knowledge and practices. The main campus is located on the top of Limau Manis hill on which you can watch over Padang City and enjoy the sun set at the horizon of Padang beach in a nice afternoon
Then Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Animal Husbandry were established in the year 1961 and 1963, consecutively. Other faculties, i.e. Humanities, Engineering, Social and Politics, Pharmacy, Agricultural Technology, and Public Health have been established afterwards.
In 1965, Faculty of Teaching and Education split from UNAND and has become Institute of Teaching and Education of Padang (IKIP) Padang. UNAND is now having 15 faculties and Postgraduate Program and is home for almost 25000 students. In order to support learning process in class and laboratories, UNAND has several buildings with total area for about 27,877 m2 and laboratories area 67,179.67 m2. There are 23 laboratories located in almost all faculties.
Universitas Andalas (UNAND) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 63 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Indonesian higher education organization a averagely selective institution.