University of Nusa Cendana or abbreviated UNDANA is one of the state universities in Indonesia. Geographically located in the city of Kupang, West Timor, the capital city of the province of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is the only state university located at the extreme south-east of Indonesia. It is strategically positioned at the Pacific rim and closest to neighbouring Australia, New Zealand, and Democratic Republic of Timor Leste.
Since its establishment in 1st of September 1962, Undana has now prevailed with 9 faculties containing 47 study programmes and 6 postgraduate programmes.
Undana has; over 924 lecturers, more than 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and over 600 supporting staff. Undana has produced over 36,000 graduates, approximately 70% of our graduates are working at the civil services in the province as well as in 16 districts within the province of NTT. Many of them are currently holding management positions; which made Undana proud of its standing in the region.
However, by comparison to other universities in Java and other countries in South East Asia, we realised that we are more of a teaching university instead of a research university. Recently, we are determined to change that. We recognise the importance of research in the development of science and Undana is ready to foster researches in unique areas that we have most expertise on, like Semi-Arid Agriculture, Animal Science, Rural Education and Community Health.
It is a great challenge to build Undana in various areas to achieve its objectives. Cooperation, network and support from central, provincial and district governments as well as from well-established higher education institutions in Indonesia and overseas - such as from other countries in Asia, United States, European Union member countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand- is essential to accelerate the process of becoming an excellent university at both national and international scene.