History

The establishment of Japanese Language Education Department Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (JLED UMY) started out on March 2010 when the Head of Language Training Center Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (LTC UMY), Jati Suryanto, S.Pd., M.A. gave instruction to Drs. Muhamad Kusnendar, M.Pd. and Drs. Mahmud as the Japanese language instructor at LTC UMY to visit Japanese Language Education Department in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) Bandung. The purpose of the visit was to gather information and to build cooperation and to have a consultation for the establishment of Japanese Language Education Department of UMY, and recruiting human resources in the field of Japanese Language education field. Sudjianto, M. Hum and Sugihartono, M.A , as the representative of Japanese Language Education Department of UPI introduced Dedi Suryadi, M.Ed., Ph.D as the alumni of UPI to join the proposal team for the establishment of Japanese Language Education Department of UMY.

As the first step to plan the proposal, Sudjianto, M.Hum., Sugihartono, M.A., and Dedi Suryadi., M.Ed., Ph.D. visited LTC UMY in May 2010, presenting the information about prospects and opportunities to establish Japanese Language Education Department of UMY based on previous experience of arranging the establishment of Japanese Language Education Department of UHAMKA. After the visitation, the proposal arrangement began, led by Dedi Suryadi, M.Ed., Ph.D., Drs. Muhamad Kusnendar, M.Pd., Drs. Mahmud Jamal and four Master degree program of Japanese Language Education Department of UPI holders: Yuli Wahyuni, S.Pd., M.Pd., Sonda Sanjaya, S.S., M.Pd., Wistri Meisa, M.Pd., dan Santi Mufti, M.Pd.

In June 15th 2010, there was a workshop regarding the making of proposal for the establishment of Japanese Language Education Department of UMY. The result of the workshop then presented in the presence of UMY Rectorate in August 24th 2010. Then, there were a few proposal points that should be revised until the fixed proposal sent to DIKTI in August 24th 2010 by academic staff of UMY. The reviewing finalization from DIKTI was received by UMY in February 2012. Then, new students’ admissions for Japanese Language Education Department of UMY opened in 2012.

In December 13th 2012, Decree for Japanese Language Education Department of UMY establishment from DIKTI was confirmed. Japanese Language Education Department of UMY was under the Faculty of Social and Political Science until October 31st 2013 where Japanese Language Education Department of UMY can develop under the Faculty of Language Education of UMY with the inauguration of the first Dean, Jati Suryanto, S.Pd., M.A. by Ir. H. M. Dasron Hamid, the Rector of UMY. Today, Japanese Language Education Department of UMY has seven lecturers with different competences in the field of Japanese Language education and literature.