MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SLEMAN – Universitas ‘Aisyiyah (UNISA) Yogyakarta, the first Indonesian university managed by a women’s organization, has been established for 32 years. This university represents that ‘Asyiyah, as a women’s wing of Muhammadiyah, can contribute to the nation and the people.
The establishment of UNISA Yogyakarta represents the commitment and historical significance of the progressive Muslim women’s organization. It also shows the implementation of Muhammadiyah’s view of Islam Berkemajuan (Progressive Islam).
“We firmly believe that ‘Aisyiyah would not have existed without the progressive vision of Muhammadiyah. Muhammadiyah’s forward-looking perspective enables ‘Aisyiyah women to found universities in several locations, namely Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Surakarta,” said the Chairwoman of ‘Aisyiyah Siti Noordjannah Djohantini in the 32nd anniversary commemoration of ‘Aisyiyah raising a theme of ‘Karya Utama Cerahkan Bangsa‘ (Notable Contributions Enlighten the Nation) on Monday (10/7).
UNISA Yogyakarta stands resolute in its ambition to match the achievements of neighboring institutions such as Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) and Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD). Embracing the values of the progressive women’s movement, UNISA remains dedicated to constant advancement and progress, as reflected in the principles of the Progressive Women’s Charter.
Shortly, UNISA aims to establish a Faculty of Medicine through collaboration with sister universities and Yogyakarta Regional Higher Education Service Center (LLDIKTI). Additionally, UNISA can establish an international ‘Aisyiyah Bustanul Athfal Kindergarten (TK ABA).
“We also seek support from Muhammadiyah to expedite the establishment of an international TK ABA within the UNISA,” said Noordjannah.
Furthermore, Noordjannah expressed gratitude for all the achievements UNISA Yogyakarta has attained. She urged UNISA Yogyakarta to strive for self-development to make meaningful contributions to the wider community.
“There is no reason for UNISA Yogyakarta not to advance further,” said Noordjannah.