UNAND is the oldest university outside of Java Island, and the fourth oldest university in Indonesia. This university was established in 1956 following the Decree of Minister of Education and Culture No. 80016/Kab; 23 December 1955.
UNAND was officially launched at 13 September 1956 by four of its founding fathers together with the Dr. stMohammad Hatta, Indonesia's 1Vice President, and the Minister of Education and Culture Bapak Sarino Mangoenpranoto.
In its early years, UNAND had five faculties that were spread at different municipalities. Faculty of Agriculture in Payakumbuh, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Natural Science in Bukittinggi, Faculty of Law in Padang, and Faculty of Teaching and Education in Batusangkar.
Then Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Animal Husbandry were established in the year 1961 and 1963, consecutively. Other faculties, i.e. Humanities, Engineering, Social and Politics, Pharmacy, Agricultural Technology, and Public Health have been established afterwards.
In 1965, Faculty of Teaching and Education split from UNAND and has become Institute of Teaching and Education of Padang (IKIP) Padang.UNAND is now having 15 faculties and Postgraduate Program and is home for almost 25000 students. To date, UNAND has three campuses, i.e Campuss I in Padang covers the area of 500 ha (main campuss); campuss II in Payakumbuh for Animal Science and Economics; and campuss III in Dharmasraya for Agroecotechnology.