Universitas Gadjah Mada is a national university which was officially established on 19 Desember 1949. Universitas Gadjah Mada also acts as caretaker of Pancasila as well as the university leader in Indonesia. Decree of the Minister of National Education No. 232/U/2000 on guidelines for Higher Education Curriculum Development and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and Decree of the Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada No. 80/P/SK/PD/2001 dated October 1, 2001 on Guidelines for Higher Education Curriculum Development and Study Programs at Universitas Gadjah Mada, stated that Universitas Gadjah Mada is a higher education institution carrying out academic and professional education programs.
Before Decree of Rector No. 518/P/SK/HT/2008 issued, each diploma program was integrated under correlated faculty. Afterwards, based on that decree, all diploma programs integrated with correlated faculty are managed within single institution called Vocational College.
Vocational College is higher education institution focusing on diploma program, as stated on Universitas Gadjah Mada’s by-laws is recognized equivalent with Polytechnic. Vocational College carries out vocational education program or professional education program including Diploma I, Diploma II, Diploma III, Diploma IV.
Vocational Education is higher education preparing its students to be educated, skilled and professional human resources mastering technical provisions.
Vocational School aims to provide graduates who have specific and applied skills in science, technology and art, as well as to generate applied research and activities that benefit the community.
Type of education carried out by Vocational College UGM, at the moment, is on the level of Diploma and Diploma IV, with the following competencies:
1. Diploma III Program (Associate Bachelor) is aimed at providing graduates mastering the ability in the field of working both regularly and irregularly, being independent in doing the job and taking responsibility as well as being capable of carrying out supervision and guidance based on managerial skills.
2. Diploma IV Program (Bachelor of Applied Science) is aimed at providing graduates having the ability to carry out complex work, with particular base professional capabilities, including the skills to plan, to implement activities and to solve problems with independent responsibility at a certain level, possesing managerial skills and having ability to follow the development, knowledge and technology in their own expertise.
According to the PP 17 / 2010 on Management of Education, Vocational College consists of: Ahlimadya (Associate Bachelor) for graduates of the Diploma III Program, which was written behind the their name with the abbreviation A.Md then is followed by the initials of its area of expertise; and Bachelor of Applied Science for graduates of Diploma IV Program, written behind their name with the abbreviation S.S.T then is followed by the initials of its area of expertise.
Further, based on on Presidential Regulation No. 8 of 2012 on the National Qualifications Framework of Indonesia (KNKI), article 2 states that KNKI consists of nine (9) levels of qualification, starting from level 1 (one) as the lowest to the level of 9 (nine) as the highest. In article 5 (five), it is stated that graduates of the Diploma III Program is equivalent to the level of 5; and Diploma IV Program or Bachelor Degree of Applied Science is equivalent to the level of 6.