De La Salle Catholic University, Manado

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Unika De La Salle - Manado
De La Salle University - Manado
Motto Religio Mores Cultura
Type Private
Established 2000
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Lasallian
President Fr. Benny Salombre, Pr.
Rector Fr. Revi Rafael Tanod, Pr. SS., SE., MA
Administrative staff
Students Undergraduate Students: 1,900
Address Kampus Unika De La Salle, Kairagi I-Kombos, 95001 Manado, Manado,  Indonesia
Campus Urban, 150 hectares
Hymn Alma mater hymn: Hail to De La Salle
Colors Green and Yellow         
  • APTIK (Association of Indonesian Catholic University)[1]
  • APTISI (Association of Private Higher Education of North Sulawesi province)
  • LASSSAI (Lasallian Schools Supervision Services Association, Inc.)

Unika De La Salle Manado is a Catholic university in Manado, Indonesia in the district of North Sulawesi. Run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and therefore part of the worldwide network of La Sallian educational institutions, it was established in 2000 as a response to the monetary crisis that hit Indonesia in 1997. The Bishop of Manado, Mgr Joseph Suwatan, realized that the crisis hitting Indonesia could be overcome through a highly qualified educational institutions. He founded De La Salle University-Manado in cooperation with the Brothers of the renowned De La Salle University of Manila, Philippines.


The Diocese of Manado, Indonesia runs a series of well known and trusted Catholic educational institutions enrolling children from kindergarten to high school.[2] This tradition has proved its ability to produce leaders of nations and communities[3] as well as professionals who have contributed to community development in Indonesia. The contribution of Catholic educational institutions in the general level of Indonesian colleges and high schools, as well as its role in achieving national goals of intellectual development despite poor and diminished government support[4] has been proved by the latest studies.[5]

As a first attempt to introduce Catholic-run universities in Manado, the Diocese founded in the 1960s IKIP Catholic Budi Dharma managed to produce graduates (S1) but was later closed. Steps to re-establish Catholic universities began to be explored by the Diocese in 1997, starting with intensive contacts with the De La Salle Brothers in Manila, well known for the management of higher education in the Philippines.[citation needed]

Catholic university

On August 7, 1999, Mgr. J. Suwatan, MSC established the Foundation of Unika De La Salle Manado, with an official letter from Notary R. H. Hardaseputra, SH No. 2 dated August 7, 1999, followed by the Decision Letter of Minister of Education Nr. 123/D/O/2000 (August 7). Father Agus Mangundap, MA was appointed chairman of the foundation. He and other trustee agencies managed the documents and files to be submitted to the Office of Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta. In addition, they also coordinated with the provincial of De La Salle Brothers to establish the university, until a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the provincial of De La Salle Brothers Philippines. Based on the MOU, the Foundation of De La Salle Manado was established by Bishop of Manado Mgr. Josef Suwatan, MSC and Provincial of La Salle Brothers Philippines Brother Armin Luistro, FSC.[6]

After a permit from the Indonesian Government and a lot of improvements, the number of prospective college students of Unika De La Salle Manado drastically increased, a trend that has been continuing until now. In 2009, Father Revi R. H. M. Tanod, SS, SE, MA was appointed Rector for the term of 2009-2013 after passing the selection mechanism.[7]

De La Salle Brothers

The university is named after Saint John Baptist De La Salle, who was the founder of the religious congregation of the Lasallian Brothers, namely the Brothers of the Christian School (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum, abbreviated FSC). This religious congregation, founded in Rheims, France in 1680 is exclusively dedicated to education.

Recent years

Comprehensive and sustainable reformation inside the university have resulted in an increased confidence from stakeholders, as well as an increasing number of prospective students and the good reputation of its first alumni on the job market. Following the rapid growth of the university, the facilities were moved during the school year 2002-2003 from the original Kanaka campus to a new and much larger campus in Kombos, about 3 km from the center of Manado.

Kombos's campus stands on 15 hectares around a first four-level building (91 x 18 meters) composed of classrooms and administration facilities. The increasing number and diversity of origin of the university's students reflect the rapid development of Unika De La Salle-Manado. In 2007, from 1,077 active students of Unika De La Salle Manado, approximately 20% came from outside the region such as Pontianak, Balikpapan, Samarinda, Jogjakarta, Jakarta, Papua,[8] Ambon and Ternate.

In 2009, only a decade from its foundation, the number of students in DLSU reached 1,183 among the five faculties (Engineering, Nursing, Agriculture, Economics, and Law). This year saw the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA) merging with the Faculty of Engineering. Likewise, human resources along with infrastructure and facilities constantly improved both qualitatively and quantitatively. Each year, about 150-200 students graduate from the university.[9]



The structure of Unika De La Salle is organized in five faculties as follows:

  • Engineering Faculty (Electrical, Informatics, Industrial, and Civil)
  • Economics (Management and Accounting)
  • Nursing
  • Law
  • Agribusiness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Education

Supporting units

The university includes six supporting units:

  • English Department
  • IT Center
  • Research and Community Service
  • Cooperation and Development
  • Natural Science Laboratory
  • Library
  • Language Lab


The motto of Unika De La Salle Manado is 'Religio, Mores, Cultura' (Religion, Moral, Culture), reflecting the university's vocation to educate young people to believe in and rely on God, endorse and promote moral values, while respecting, exploring and promoting the world's present and past culture.

International and national cooperation

While continuously improving the training[10] and recruitment of its Indonesian lecturers, Unika De La Salle Manado also develops links with national and international institutions, both academic and non-academic. Cooperation with the Lasallian Schools Supervision Services Association, Inc. (LASSSAI) was formalized with the signature of a memorandum of agreement with the diocese in 2009.

Intense and long-term cooperation has been developed between Unika De La Salle-Manado with the Asia Pacific Regional Conference (PARC) of the Lasallian Brothers, based in Singapore. The latter, through an agreement with the international cooperation NGO Fidesco (Paris, France) regularly sends dedicated lecturers.[11]

At the national level, Unika De La Salle Manado is an active member of the Association of Indonesian Catholic University (APTIK) and the Association of Private Higher Education (APTISI) of North Sulawesi province. Unika De La Salle Manado established cooperation with the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Manado State University, University of Sam Ratulangi, and the University of Merdeka Malang (Unmer). In addition, cooperation for the benefit of professional education has been established with several renowned private hospitals in the national and local levels.


At its beginning, Unika De La Salle-Manado occupied a small campus in the center of Manado, Kanaka. It lasted until September 2002. In October 2002, Unika De La Salle-Manado moved to the new campus occupying an area of 15,000 m2 on the highland of Kombos. It is about 3 km, northeast of the old campus. The new campus is behind Wenang Permai II Residents Complex, Kairagi I. It was officially opened by the Bishop of Manado, Mgr. Josef Suwatan, and the Governor of North Sulawesi, Drs. A. J. Sondakh, on November 30, 2002.


  1. ^ DLSU-Manado's page on APTIK's website.
  2. ^ A list Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. of church-run educational institutions of Manado.
  3. ^ A Washington Post account of Barack Obama's long ignored elementary education (1967-71) in Santo Fransiskus Asisi's school, Jakarta. See also Wikipedia's corresponding article.
  4. ^ An AsiaNews account of 2010 government proposal to withdraw hundreds of government teachers from private schools, mostly Catholic.
  5. ^ "Catholic schools buck the trend of a national high-school exam record trend", Asia-News.
  6. ^ Profile of Bro. Armin Luistro, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education.
  7. ^ Lassalian Network News, Asia-Pacific Region.
  8. ^ In August 2010, DLSU-Manado has welcome a first group of 17 students from Timika, Papua through the program LPMAK and as part of a partnership with Freeport
  9. ^ Graduation Day, 2007.
  10. ^ An account of early 2011's Applied Approach training for Unika De La Salle's lecturers.
  11. ^ FIDESCO's website page about two former lecturers at DLSU-Manado.

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