Andalas University was established on December 23, 1955 as a State University. The University is located in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia and has about 23,000 students and 2,600 lecturers. Andalas University (abbreviated Unand) consists of 15 faculties in Agriculture, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Dentistry, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Law, Economics, Animal Husbandry, Humanities, Engineering, Information Technology, Agriculture Technology, Social Sciences and Politics, and Pharmacy. Most of them are located at the main campus, Limau Manis, which is about 12 km from the city center and occupies 500 hectare. The University has 44 postgraduate study programmes with 130 professors.
The University’s foundation of core values lies in Independence, Integrity, Innovative, and Accountability. Unand’s philosophies are intellectual openness, honesty and tolerance, integrity and ethics, excellence education, research and community service, innovative and creative, research agreement and collegiality, and diversities recognition.
On September 21, 2006, at the University’s 50-year-old Anniversary, Unand gave the Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono an awarding honorary doctorate in the field of Sustainable Agricultural Development. Unand is also one of the pioneers college organizing public lectures aiming at awakening the students’ entrepreneurial spirit since the academic year of 2007/2008. In 2014, Unand has been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Higher Education (BAN PT) with rank A (excellent).