UNISSULA was established by Yayasan Badan Wakaf Sultan Agung (YBWSA) on Dzulhijjah 16th, 1381 (Islamic Calendar), or May 20th, 1962. The name of Sultan Agung was taken from the name of an Indonesian national hero. Sultan Agung whose full name was Adi Prabu Hanyokrokusumo was born in Kutagede, Mataram Sultanate, in 1593. He was the 3rd Sultan who ruled Mataram Sultanate from 1613-1645. Under his administration, Mataram was rapidly developed and became the biggest kingdom in Java and Nusantara at that time.
There were several reasons for selecting the name of Sultan Agung as the name of the University. First, Sultan Agung was a great leader who considerably loved his nation and country. Second, he was tremendously persistent against colonialism. Third, he was a religious Sultan who has noble character and also he was able to implement religious life through acceptable acculturation across his territory. This was not a surprise that his dedication as a patriot as well as a humanist made him be an Indonesian national hero that this was officially reinforced with presidential decree No. 106/TK/1975 on November 3rd, 1975.
By adopting the name of Sultan Agung, it is expected that the spirit of struggle and national development will keep existing through education.