UNESA, the short name of the Surabaya State University, a public educational institution, located in Indonesia, and founded in 1964, today is a home for more than 30 thousand students, who attend numerous academic programs, offered by UNESA.

Meaning and history

UNESA, the Surabaya State University, is a major public university in Indonesia.  The university was founded in 1964 based on the Institute of Educational Sciences, where teachers of preschool, primary, part-time and senior high school departments upgraded their qualifications. Since 1999, the university got its present name, decided on the trajectory of development, and opened several new faculties and departments. Today UNESA offers 47 undergraduate programs, 15 postgraduate programs, and doctoral programs for students. The university is the winner of the 2009 Intelligent Robotics Competition, Indonesia’s representative to the U.S.A.

UNESA is known for its inclusive campuses – students with disabilities can study together with all other students. The buildings have a learning, service center for people with disabilities. The Surabaya campus is the university’s largest multipurpose building, accommodating 6,000 people.

The international-class sports arena has a field designed for soccer competitions and national and international events. As a center for the development of sports science, UNESA has a sports complex consisting of a fitness center and an international standard swimming pool.

What is UNESA?
UNESA is an abbreviation standing for the Universitas Negeri Surabaya, which is the State University of Surabaya, a major public university of Indonesia, established in the middle of the 1960s. Today UNESA consists of seven faculties: Pedagogy, Languages and Arts, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, Engineering, Sports Sciences, and Economics.

In terms of visual identity, UNESA is quite consistent and loyal — the university still uses the badge, designed for it at the very beginning of its history. This circular badge looks stable and pretty minimalistic, lacking decorative elements and using a clean modern font for its lettering.

1964 – Today


The UNESA logo is composed of a yellow and white graphical element,’ placed in the middle of a solid blue roundel, and accompanied by a white sans-serif lettering, written around its perimeter. The emblem of the university depicts a white triangular tower with a small red peak, and two stylized yellow wings with elongated and curved lines and pointed ends. This elegant and sophisticated element is balanced by a clean and simple sans-serif font, used for the white medium-weight characters, framing the badge.

Font and color

UNESA Emblem

The minimalistic distinctive lettering from the primary UNESA logo is set in a modern sans-serif font with simple shapes of the characters and clean contours. The closest fonts to the one, used in this insignia, are, probably, Myriad Semi Extended Bold, or Rolphie 10 Black Half Condensed, with the letters placed pretty far from each other, adding lightness to the composition.

As for the color palette of the UNESA visual identity, it is based on a calm and intense combination of blue, white, and yellow, with a small red accent on top of the graphical element. Blue is a symbol of professionalism and stability, while yellow stands for energy and development, and white represents loyalty and reliability. As for the red shade here, it symbolizes passion for learning and the power of knowledge.