University of Bengkulu (UNIB) was established based on the Republic of Indonesia Presidential Instruction Number 17, 1982, and inaugurated by the Minister of Education and Culture of Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Daud Yusuf. At the same moment, the first UNIB rector, Prof. Ir. Soenjoto Sumodihardjo (University of Gadjah Mada) was also inaugurated to serve during the period of 1982 to 1986. Then, Dr. Ir. Soekotjo (University of Gadjah Mada), who previously served as the First Rector Assistant, led UNIB during the period from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Ir. Nitza Arbi (Andalas University) was given the mandate to lead UNIB. After that, from 1995 to 2005 the position of Rector was occupied by Prof. Dr. H Zulkifli Husin, S.E., M.Sc. (University of Syahkuala). From 2005 to 2013 Prof. Ir. ZainaLMuktamar, M.Sc., Ph.D was chosen as the Rector. Dr. Ridwan Nurazi, S.E., M.Sc. was inaugurated and has been serving as the 6th Rector of University of Bengkulu from 2013-2021. Since 5 October 2021 till now, Dr. Retno Agustina Ekaputri, S.E., MSc. serves as the 7th Rector of University of Bengkulu.
The existence of UNIB was the accomplishment of the long tiring struggle of Governor Soeprapto supported wholeheartedly by Bengkulu’s people, customary figures, Bengkulu Provincial Government, and a Private University namely Universitas Semarak Bengkulu (UNSEB). The manifestation of support from the UNSEB was actualized by transferring its students as the pioneer students and University’s land area of 24,9 Ha, located in Beringin Raya District Bengkulu to UNIB.
To strengthen University of Bengkulu as a World-Class University, we offer a scholarship for foreign students that are willing to continue their studies in University of Bengkulu for Bachelor’s degree.
FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was inaugurated in 2014. Currently, FKIK UNIB has two study programs, namely the Bachelor of Medicine Study Program and the Doctoral Profession Study Program. Some of the hospitals that became the educational vehicle for FKIK UNIB are: RSUD M Yunus (main Education Hospital) then there are several network hospitals including: Bhayangkara Hospital, Suprapto Bengku Hospital, Argamakmur Hospital and Kariadi Hospital Semarang. As the first and only FKIK in Bengkulu Province, we hope that our presence can increase public access to medical education and can also increase the role of UNIB in improving the health status of the Bengkulu people in particular.