Surakarta is a city in Central Java, Indonesia. At the present time, the name Surakarta is used in formal- government situations, while the name Solo refers more to a general mention. The word Sura in Javanese means “courage” and Karta means “prosperous”. The east side of the city is crossed by a river that is immortalized in one of the keroncong songs, Bengawan Solo. Together with Yogyakarta, Surakarta is the heir to the Islamic Mataram Kingdom.
Sebelas Maret University is an Indonesian public university in Surakarta, Indonesia. It was officially founded on March 11, 1976. It was named Universitas Negeri Surakarta (State University of Surakarta), hence was abbreviated UNS. UNS has a saying of Mangesthi Luhur Ambangun Nagara in Old Javanese, which is translated into Aspire Sublimely to Build the Country as its motto. UNS was also named a Green Campus by the Minister of the Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, on March 6, 2013.