The origin of IPB started 76 years ago, when the first agricultural higher education was held in the country in 1940. IPB was formally established on 1 September 1963 based on the Decree of the Minister of Higher Education and Science No. 91/1963 and approved by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Indonesia No. 279/1965.
The history of IPB’s birth began from the establishment of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Indonesia in Bogor. The Faculty establishment was the origin of IPB and at the same time marked a new phase of agricultural higher education in Indonesia.
The history of the establishment of agricultural higher education in Indonesia is very much related to the nation's struggle for independence through the development of agriculture to meet its food needs and welfare.
In the Birth History Book of Bogor Agricultural University is described the persistence of Dr. Abdul Rivai and his colleague in the Volksraad in fighting for the ideal that in the Dutch East Indies an agricultural college would be established as soon as possible. Prof.Dr. PA Hoesin Djajadiningrat was the figure who took the role in initiating the establishment of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
In the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Agricultural Faculty buildings, the University of Indonesia, on April 27, 1952, Bung Karno delivered a speech that suggests the importance of providing food for the people. This was so important that Bung Karno referred the food issue as "life or death" of this nation.
According to him, the food problem can only be solved by experts. Bung Karno did not take a shortcut to solve the problem of that time by importing food, but by increasing the role of agricultural higher education institution to educate young people so that they would have the skill to build the farm and arouse people's awareness of the importance of food. One of the visionary thoughts that can be learned from his speech was the need for long-term planning in agricultural development.
Since 53 years ago, IPB has grown and developed into a college that has a good reputation and plays an important role in the national development and higher education in Indonesia. IPB’s growth and development has gone through three periods of time: the colonial era, the period of struggle for independence, and the period after the proclamation of independence. In the three period there was a consistent thread that consists of the striving, nationality, patriotism and leadership of the predecessors. These are the values ??that have always been held firmly from time to time.
The tradition of community service, which is an integral part of the higher education’s Tridarma (three main responsibilities), was also born from this campus. The action research that began in 1963 in Karawang and in cooperation with various universities and other institutions has led the Indonesia nation to significantly increase rice production and even achieve self-sufficiency in rice.
IPB also always upholds the principle of providing wide access to high quality education. IPB has a new student admission system through invitations to high-achieving high schools to propose the best students to become the students of IPB. The selection, which is based on their academic records, is the concept of IPB developed since 1976 with the principle of providing access as much as possible.
In 2011, such a selection was then elevated or adopted into the national system in the new student admissions by State Universities (PTN) throughout Indonesia.
Meanwhile, IPB’s strength in the establishment of general competence turns out to have led the students to become graduates who are ready to play a role in many areas of life. The values ??that can be learned from a wide range of teaching and learning in IPB are familiarity of managing complexity and uncertainty, excellence in numerical and scalable solutions, always thinking of systems and caring for the environment, always thinking and acting systematically, complying to the regulations, and always caring for farmers as well as readily helping others.
Now at the age of 53 years, IPB has nine faculties: the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Faculty of Animal Science, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of Human Ecology, Business School, Graduate School and Vocational School.
IPB currently has 36 departments, 21 Study Centers, 159 undergraduate and graduate programs and 18 diploma (vocational) educational programs. And until January 2016, IPB has graduated 133,778 students.
On September 1, 2003 Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) reached the age of 40 years. Historical development of IPB starts from the embryonic phase (1941-1963), birth and growth phase (1963-1975), maturation phase (1975-2000), autonomy implementation phase (2000-2005) and leading to the State Owned Legal Entity-based IPB phase (BHMN) commencing in 2006. In 2007 it is expected that IPB is ready conceptually to become a research-based university.
First ground breaking by Ir. Soekarno
Baranangsiang Campus of IPB, Bogor
Graduation in the Past
History of IPB’s Leaders from Period to Period:
1. Prof. Dr. Syarif Thayeb (Chairman of IPB Presidium, 1963)
2. Prof. Dr. A.J. Darman (Chairman of IPB Presidium,,1963)
3. Prof. Dr. Ir. Tb. Bachtiar Rifai (IPB Rector, 1964-1965)
4. Prof. Dr. Ir. Sajogyo (IPB Rector, 1965-1966)
5. Prof. Dr. j.h. Hutasoit (Chairman of IPB Presidium, 1966)
6. Prof. Dr. Ir. Toyib Hadiwidjaja (IPB Rector, 1966-1971)
7. Prof. Dr. Ir. A.M. Satari (IPB Rector, 1971-1978)
8. Prof. Dr. Ir. Andi Hakim Nasution (IPB Rector, 1978-1987)
9. Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Sitanala Arsjad (IPB Rector, 1987-1996)
10. Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Soleh Solahuddin,M.Sc (IPB Rector, 1996-1998)
11. Prof. Dr. Ir. R.H.M. Aman Wirakartakusumah,M.Sc (IPB Rector, 1998-2002)
12. Prof. Dr. Ir. Ahmad Ansori Mattjik,M.Sc (IPB Rector, 2002-2007)
13. Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Herry Suhardiyanto, M.Sc. (IPB Rector, 2008-2012)
14. Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Herry Suhardiyanto, M.Sc. (IPB Rector, 2012-2017)
Rectors of IPB