University of Merdeka Malang (UNMER) is a private university established since January 29, 1964, founded by the heart quarter foundation of Merdeka Malang (YPTMPM) in Malang, (certificate number 5a July 5, 1964). The founder was R. Edwin Soedardji, Soekiman Dahlan, SH., Franssiscus Soetrisno, Soegondo, Soetikno, SH., Dharma. In 1972, YPTMPM was changed into Foundation of University of Merdeka Malang (YPTM). Based on a legal document (certificate number 32, 1972), the foundation managing the University of Merdeka Malang was YPTMPM. The foundation of University of Merdeka (YPTM) is a private foundation bringing two major functions, comprising (1) the function of maintaining the nation ideology; this function requires YPTM role as an institution participating in keeping, securing and applying Pancasila and UUD 1945, (2) the function as academic institution carrying out Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi. In order to carry out these two functions, YPTM together with University of Merdeka Malang undertakes several amending steps. In 1983, the foundation was re-established as the foundation of University of Merdeka Malang.
Historically, the existence of University of Merdeka Malang cannot be split out from Kodam V Brawijaya. The relationship between YPTM, University of Merdeka Malang and KODAM VIII/BRAWIJAYA is a part of historical processes of YPTM initiation. Instead of historical aspects, identical missions and functions carried out encourage cooperation between YPTM and KODAM VIII/BRAWIJAYA
in terms of undertaking the major functions of keeping, securing and applying Pancasila and UUD 1945. University of Merdeka Malang was established as a front defending Pancasila ideology and UUD 1945. Based on a query of the founder of University of Merdeka Malang, Colonel R. Edwin Soedardji, toward Pangkodam VIII/BRAWIJAYA, right at the same time with the 23rd anniversary of KODAM VIII/BRAWIJAYA on December 17th 1968, University of Merdeka Malang was acclaimed to be sub-ordinate of Slagorde KODAM VIII/BRAWIJAYA, which is recently called KODAM V/BRAWIJAYA performing as the chief supervisor of the foundation and the university of Merdeka Malang. On the other hand, in carrying out daily affairs, University of Merdeka Malang is under command of daily supervisor of Komando Resort Militer/Baladhika Jaya. In this case, Komando Resort Militer/Baladhika Jaya is a daily ex-officio supervisor of the university.
Since 1976 the development of UNMER Malang has been progressing. The established systematic development plans have been improved since 1983 through the installment of long-term development plans by constructing Major Development Plan (MDP) stated as follow:
Through the hard effort and the cooperation of the entire academia both from the foundation and the university, therefore, eventually the academic and non- academic improvement is expected to reveal the real result in terms of the improvement of UNMER’s reputation as the former private university in East java, especially in Malang. Several numbers of academic and non-academic achievements have been engraved by UNMER’s academia, who are persistent in improving the quality of the university with its prime jargon leading to “Quality University”.