The idea of establishing a Catholic Higher Education Foundation had started in World War I around 1914-1919. At that time, many HBS graduates (Hogere Burger School/High School), cannot continue their tertiary education in the Netherlands, due to circumstances and transportation barriers to Europe.

Then the 1950s became known as the “Catholic College Revival Era”. In 1958, after the establishment of several Catholic universities in cities in Indonesia, Mgr. J. Klooster, CM as the Bishop of Surabaya established the Widya Mandala Foundation.

Widya Mandala comes from ancient Javanese; Mandala means a building or place in a sense that is not only physical and Widya means scholar. So Widya Mandala can be interpreted as a place of education for wise and successful people (graduates). Some people also simplify the meaning of Widya Mandala as a place or place of knowledge.

Yayasan Widya Mandala Surabaya aims to participate in educating the life of the Indonesian nation by organizing, maintaining, and developing higher education institutions so that Indonesian people are formed who are moral, educated and highly knowledgeable.

September 20, 1960 was designated as the anniversary of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya (UKWMS). At the time it was founded, UKWMS only had one faculty and was located on Jalan Dr. Soetomo, Surabaya. Now there are ten faculties, postgraduate programs (S2 and S3), and the Secretarial Academy (D3). The activities of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya are outlined in the form of Higher Education's Tri Dharma which consists of Education and Teaching, Research, and Community Service.

Sebagai salah satu universitas swasta tertua di Surabaya, UKWMS memiliki lima gedung kampus untuk menunjang proses belajar mengajar. Kampus utama berlokasi di Jalan Dinoyo 42-44, dihuni oleh Fakultas Bisnis, Fakultas Ilmu Komunikasi, Fakultas Teknologi Pertanian, Fakultas Kewirausahaan, dan Fakultas Vokasi. Kampus kedua berlokasi di Jalan Kalijudan 37, dihuni oleh Fakultas Teknik dan Fakultas Keguruan & Ilmu Pendidikan. Kampus ketiga berlokasi di Jalan Dinoyo 48, dihuni oleh Sekolah Pascasarjana. Gedung kampus terbaru yang diresmikan pada tahun 2013 adalah Integrated and Comprehensive Health Sciences Campus and located on Jalan Raya Kalisari Selatan 1 Pakuwon City. Carrying out integrated learning methods across health sciences; in this fourth campus there are the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Psychology, the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Faculty of Medicine. Then, the fifth campus is at Jalan Manggis 15-17 Madiun.

Rector's Speech

A Life-improving University", thus this university stipulates flagshiphis. Thus, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya (UKWMS) is committed to having a positive impact on improving the lives of others, through the continuous development of innovative and creative learning processes by utilizing developments in science, information and communication technology, among others alternative learning, leadership learning, workplace learning, creativity learning, learning to serve, learning to care, dan learning across cultures. This is done to prepare students to become global citizens in the 21st century.

Through the university's motto "Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus", which means "We learn not for the sake of knowledge alone, but also for life. Educating is not only aimed at filling the brain with various knowledge, but aims to form a complete human person. Through development programs on and off campus, UKWMS students are facilitated to grow into mature human beings who are mature in faith, character, skills, and intellect, and live out the core values of UKWMS namely Care, Commit, Enthusiasm (PeKA).

I invite all of you to move forward and grow with this campus of life, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. Be the first as a generation of UKWMS achievements, in pursuing your career and success in the future. Because your future is our concern and commitment. Let's all move in unison to create a generation of UKWMS that is reflective and creative, and that will gain international recognition!

Drs. Kuncoro Foe, G.Dip.Sc., Ph.D., Apt.
Rektor UKWMS

Vice Chancellor

Ir. Aning Ayucitra, S.T., M.Eng.Sc., Ph.D., IPM., ASEAN Eng.

Wakil Rektor I

Sumi Wijaya, S.Si., Ph.D., Apt.

Wakil Rektor II

Dr. F.V. Lanny Hartanti, S.Si., M.Si.

Wakil Rektor III

Dr. Christina Esti Susanti, S.E., M.M., CPM(AP)

Wakil Rektor IV

Visi Misi dan Nilai

University Vision

The formation of an academic community that is reflective, creative, and has a positive impact on improving the lives of others, and based on Pancasila values and Catholic principles.

University Mission 

Organizing education and teaching, research and scientific development that is integrated with community service in an effort to produce graduates who are professional, master science, technology, arts and culture, have morals, are open to change and development and have high solidarity , paying attention to service and dedication to the weak.

Priority Value

The priority values that animate the administration of the University are Caring, Commitment, Enthusiasm (PeKA).


the year UKWMS


Study Program




Campus building

About Universitas Katolik Widya Mandala Surabaya


Lambang Universitas berupa:

  • a globe with a book on it in the center of the coat of arms, representing the universality of knowledge;
  • the dove represents the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Wisdom and knowledge; and the cross represents love and the spirit of sacrifice;
  • the pentagon encircling the whole represents Pancasila;
  • the yellow color symbolizes the nobility of the soul;
  • the red and white colors symbolize the courage and sincerity to explore and reveal scientific truths;
  • blue color symbolizes the depth and breadth of knowledge that is not limited;
  • trophy containing a pentagonal circle inscribed:

    UNIVERSITAS KATOLIK WIDYA MANDALA SURABAYA symbolizes the container/place of science, technology, art, and culture.

The whole symbol means that the University is a place for the world of knowledge based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution and imbued with the spirit of Catholic life.

  • The university's official anthem is "Hymne Widya Mandala" and "Mars Unika Widya Mandala".
  • The song "Hymne Widya Mandala" was created by F.X. Soetopo in 1969.
  • The song "Mars Unika Widya Mandala" was composed by Aloysius Maria Ardi Handojoseno, ST. 1997.

Kampus Dinoyo Surabaya

Graha Widya Mandala Surabaya

Kampus Kalijudan Surabaya

Kampus Pakuwon City Surabaya

Kampus Madiun