The Bali Dhyana Pura University (Universitas Dhyana Pura, or UNDHIRA) is a new university and a well-established educational institution at the same time. What is now UNDHIRA started in 1987 with the Dhyana Pura Tourism Education and Training Center (Pusat Pendidikan dan Latihan Pariwisata, or PPLP), which started to grant bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in 2001, and was granted a full university status in 2011.
The University seeks to become a small, yet highly qualified international university with a distinct focus on tourism, coupled with an emphasis on sustainable entrepreneurship as well as service-based learning. Currently, the University has an enrollment of 1,116 students with 179 full-time and adjunct lecturers, and 105 staff members. Some of the staff members are also lecturers.
1987 – The first training program had 30 students, taking place at the Dhyana Pura Hotel in Seminyak, Kuta. The program offered certifications for aspiring hospitality professionals, as a response to the growing demand highly qualified hospitality practitioners in Bali.
1994 – The program grew rapidy and the campus moved to the current 30,000 m2 location in Dalung—just 15 minutes north of Kuta, the heart of Bali’s tourism and 15 minutes from the capital city of Denpasar.
2001 – The Dhyana Pura Foundation was granted the authority to start the Dhyana Pura Tourism Management College (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Management, or STIM). The college specializes in hospitality and tourism, offering bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management and tourism business.
2008 – Nicolaas Speelman of IISI, STIM and Inholland University started an international semester program of “Intrapreneurship in Another Perspective” at the Dhyana Pura Campus.
2011 – The higher education institution was granted a full status university status. The university now awards nationally recognized four-year bachelor’s degrees in thirteen different study programs.
2012 – The International School of Intrapreneurship and Sustainability (ISIS) was established as the international wing of UNDHIRA. ISIS is the next step of the development of internationalization at UNDHIRA, with a distinct focus on sustainable business with a local context.
Bali is known the world over as “the island of the Gods” with its unparalleled beauty, coupled with the harmonious interaction between culture and spirituality. The Balinese people believe that the golden rule of life is to maintain a balance in man’s relationship with his God, his community, and his environment.
The center of Bali’s tourism and economic activities is the southern regency of Badung. Rich with lively beaches and blessed with serene cultural heritage, Badung Regency is central to the island’s development and provides a perfect setting for the Dhyana Pura University. The University is located in the sprawling suburb of Dalung, just 30-minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 15-minutes from Kuta’s lively tourism areas, and a mere 10 minutes away from the main arteries of economic activities in Denpasar. The campus is modern yet lush and green, in keeping with its natural surrounding. It acts as a truly conducive hub for learning.
The vision of the Bali Dhyana Pura University to become a center of excellence and an exemplary university in Indonesia.
The vision of the Dhyana Pura University is to become a center of holistic education in developing wholesome, highly qualified human beings academically, professionally, behaviorally, and spiritually with strong moral characters.
To provide young adults with unique skill sets and international exposure to enable them to be responsible and respectful individuals, able to contribute to the development of a more healthful and sustainable global environment.
To educate the whole person in developing academic, professional and spiritual skills essential to thrive and contribute to a safe, just and healthy society.
To serve God and our nation through education, training, research, and community service.
To establish and maintain a center of study, exploration, and research of science, technology, arts, and culture for central and east Indonesia.
To promote critical thinking, creativity, and innovation based on societal realism and cultural sensitivity.
To develop forward-thinking and competent individuals in science, tourism, arts, and culture to support the advancement of societies in central and east Indonesia.
The motto of the Dhyana Pura University is “the morning of the world,” signifying its aspiration to become the initiator in the fields of science and technology, while cultivating a deep appreciation for the region’s arts and culture—just as the morning dawn welcomes the new day to come.
Bali is an island rich in symbolism. This is resonated in the logo of the Bali Dhyana Pura University, which portrays a human figure in meditation, symbolizing self-reflection and recognizing that the fear of God is the basis of all knowledge. The three connected heads within the full circle represent holistic human capital development: scientific knowledge, spirituality, and culturally sensitive morality. The University seeks to put this symbolism into practice by cultivate academic, emotional, and spiritual intelligence in all its endeavors.
The Bali Dhyana Pura University has a set of values, called the seven characters of Undhira, in pursuing excellence for holistic education:
(1) Self Confidence
Cultivating well-educated, self-reliant individuals with the confidence to compete in the real world. A self-confident individual has the capacity and desire to think progressively with a commitment to act responsibly.
Educating individuals whose thoughts, words and actions are harmonious, honest, and based on the fear of God. Integrity has to do with honesty, loyalty, and dependability.
Having the tolerance and mutual respect for diversity in culture and society, as well as being able to work cooperatively in heterogeneous communities.
Developing the spirit of entrepreneurship and self-motivation to increase society’s welfare with a socially and environmentally responsible approach. Intrapreneurship in another perspective is the capability and willingness to think and to act in an innovative, economically responsible way and to contribute significantly to a sustainable, peaceful environment, in which humanitarian equity, respect, and subservience are essential features.
(5) Servant Leadership
Creating leaders with the principle of servitude for all mankind. A servant leader is an inspiring visionary who put others before himself/herself.
Educating and training highly qualified, highly competent individuals with exceptional work ethics.
(7) Global cooperation
Promoting internationalization, strategic interaction and global mobility to enhance individuals’ competitiveness in the national and international stages. Global cooperation involves mastery in language and technology, as well as balancing independence with openness while keeping a uniquely local point of view.
There are thirteen study programs at the Bali Dhyana Pura University, organized under two faculties: (1) the faculty of economics and humanities, and (2) the faculty of health, science, and technology. In addition, there are ten different programs offered under the Tourism Education and Training Center (PPLP) with: (1) one-year certificates, (2) two-year certificates, (3) three-year certificates.
Faculty of Economics and Humanities
The six study programs under the faculty of economics and humanities include:
(a) Management (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(b) Early Childhood Education (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(c) Family Welfare Education (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(d) English (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(e) Psychology (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(f) Marketing (3-year diploma)
Faculty of Health, Science, and Technology
The seven study programs under the faculty of Health, Science, and Technology include:
(a) Information Technology (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(b) Information Systems (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(c) Biology (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(d) Nutrition Science (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(e) Public Health Science (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(f) Medical Records and Health Information (4-year bachelor’s degree)
(g) Physiotherapy (4-year bachelor’s degree)
Tourism Education and Training Center
The study programs offered by the tourism education and training center include:
(a) Housekeeping (1-year training program)
(b) Front Office (1-year training program)
(c) Food and Beverage Service (1-year and 2-year training programs)
(d) Food and Beverage Production (1-year and 2-year training programs)
(e) Rooms Division (2-year training program)
(f) Public Relations and Secretarial (2-year training program)
(g) Computerized Accounting for Hospitality (2-year training program)
(h) Tours and Travel (2-year training program)
(i) Food and Beverage Management (3-year training program)
(j) Rooms Division Management (3-year training program)