Soegijapranata Catholic University was founded on August 5, 1982 as the continuation of Atma Jaya Catholic University Semarang and Semarang Catholic Institute of Technology.
Soegijapranata Catholic University is an institute of higher education subservient to the name of Mgr Alb Soegijapranata, SJ, who was the patron of the university and the just native archbishop that he is rewarded as Indonesia’s national figure and hero.
Born in Surakarta on November 25, 1896, he entered the Society of Jesus Mariendaal, Grave, the Netherlands, on September 27, 1920. Ordained as a priest on August 15, 1931, he was later appointed as the archbishop of Semarang Archdiocese on September 20, 1940. His concern for education is the legacy of his lecturer, Father Frans Van Lith, SJ. One of his efforts to improve education was to help increase the quality of two oldest Catholic universities, Parahyangan University, Bandung, and Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, that were of equal status with the state universities.
Mgr. Alb. Soegijapranata was also concerned with the poor that is proven through his thinking and movements. He encouraged the foundation of socio-economic organizations that dedicated their activities into the empowerment of war victims and poor people. Today, Soegijapranata Catholic University continues the spirit, the struggles, and the ideals of Mgr. Alb. Soegijapranata, SJ.
In its early days, Soegijapranata Catholic University was located at Jl. Pandanaran 100 Semarang and consisted of three faculties: the Faculty of Technology, Law, and Economics. In the mid 1990s, the university built a new campus in Bendan Duwur because of the increase of the student body. Since the mid 1990s, educational activities have been entirely centered in this campus. In 1992, the university also built a campus located on Jl. Menteri Supeno Semarang. This downtown campus building is used for the Centre for Language Training to provide English language classes for university students and the public.
Soegijapranata Catholic University’s library holds extensive collections of books, journals, and digital collections that serve the needs of students, lecturers, and anyone who wishes to conduct research and develop their knowledge, skills, and technology. Currently Soegijapranata Catholic University offers 1 diploma program in Taxation, 18 Undergraduate programs, and 8 Master’s programs. The 18 Undergraduate programs include Architecture, Visual Communication Design, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics Mechatronics, Law, Communication, Management, Accountancy, Psychology, Food Technology, Culinary Nutrition and Technology, English Language and Arts, Englishpreneurship, Informatics Engineering, Mobile Computing, Information System, and Game Technology.
The Master’s programs include Master of Management, Master of Accountancy, Master of Science in Environment and Urban Studies, Master of Law majoring in Health, Master of Psychology majoring in Psychology of Social Development and Education, Professional Practice in Psychology, Master of Science in Architectural Engineering majoring in Architecture and Settlements, and Master of Science in Food Technology.
Soegijapranata Catholic University has actively been in cooperation with many universities abroad such as with Trinity Western University in Canada in mentoring graduate students in Professional Practice in Psychology program to become counselors for disaster victims as well as with Radboud University Nijmegen in conducting research related to climate changes, development, and migration. Soegijapranata Catholic University is also active in international collaboration on environmental research, especially on coastal metal pollution and nutrient export with three universities in the Netherlands: Vrije University, Wageningen University, and Open University.
In Taiwan, Soegijapranata Catholic University is in cooperation with Providence University, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Wenzao Ursuline University, Chang Jung University and Soochow University. In the Philippines, the university is in coopertion with San Carlos Cebu, Ateneo De Davao, San Beda College, San Beda College Alabang, De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Miriam College and Universita Della Callabris. In Thailand, cooperation is made with Mahidol University and Assumption University. In Korea, Handong Global University, Soongsil University, Ewha Woman University, Sogang University, and the Catholic University of Korea are in cooperation with Soegijapranata Catholic University. In Japan, there is a cooperation with Kwansei Gaikun.
Meanwhile, outside of Asia there is also a cooperation with the United States of America in Younstown State University and Bowling Green State University. These cooperations includes student exchanges, student internships and also credit transfers for some universities. For the lecturers, there has been opportunities also for staff exchanges, research, international conferences and joint publications
Soegijapranata Catholic University’s cooperations are supported through its participation in numerous higher education asscociations in Indonesia and abroad such as APTIK (Asosiasi Perguruan Tinggi Katolik Indonesia or Association of Indonesian Catholic Higher Education), ASEACU (Association of South East Asia Catholic University), ACUCA (Association of Christian Universities and Colleges of Asia), IFCU (International Federation of Catholic Universities), NUNI (Nationwide University Network in Indonesia), I-IEN (Indonesia Integrity Education Network) and UBCHEA (United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia). These networks provide lecturers and students the opportunities to interact in international communities and develop their worldviews and personalities.
Many students, lecturers, and teaching staffs of the university have been successful on regional, national, and international levels. This is due to the excellent academic atmosphere in Soegijapranata Catholic University which encourages them to develop their hard skills and soft skills simultaneously.
Students, lecturers, and the teaching staff of Soegijapranata Catholic University come from various places in Indonesia including Central Java, Yogyakarta Special Region, Jakarta, West Java, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, Nangroe Aceh Darusalam, North Sumatra, South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, West Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Papua among other places and many other places in Indonesia. This indicates that Soegijapranata Catholic University is widely known throughout Indonesia. Having various ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, the entire academic community of the university has ample opportunities in developing the values of unity and tolerance by instilling compassion, tolerance, justice, and honesty.
The Soegijapranata Catholic University campus is situated in a higher area of Semarang with a cooler climate and a greener area than the lower area creating a comfortable campus for study activities and discussions outside the classroom. The campus is located on the west of Jatingaleh, at a distance of only ±10 km from the center of the city, which can be reached by various types of public transportations. The facilities available for students in the area surrounding the campus enhance the study environment and support academic activities