UKRIDA was officially founded on January 20, 1967 by the Decree of the Director General of Higher Education Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia No. 202/DPT/I/1970.
At the beginning, UKRIDA was established under the name of Djaya Christian University under the auspices of Yayasan Badan Pendidikan Kristen Jawa Barat. In its early years UKRIDA has three faculties: The Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Economics.
At the beginning it was named Djaya Christian University but in 1992 changed into Krida Wacana Christian University
UKRIDA was founded by an initiative from a few Christian public figures, such as Prof. Dr. J. L. Ch. Abineno, Uripto Widjaya, Ny. Dr. Pouw Houw Tjiang, Ny. J. M. Rumambi, dr. J. Suwarno with D. Sutedja, Swandjaja, Kol. Dr. F. Pattiasina, dr. O. E. Engelen, Pdt. C. Suleeman, M. Th., and Pdt. Lukito Handoyo, to establish a Christian college as a form of faith and service in higher education for the nation and development in Republic of Indonesia. The initiative was supported by Prof. Dr. Siwabessy (Minister of Health at that time) and Ps. W. J. Rumambi (Minister of Communication and Information at that time).
Since most of the famous figures’ initiative were the members of the Gereja Kristen Indonesia Jawa Barat (GKI Jawa Barat), the council of GKI synod in West Java welcomed their decision warmly. In the 23th meetings on 15 September, 1965, they finally decided to establish the Djaya Christian University, and appointed the Christian Education Body of West Java (Badan Pendidikan Kristen Jawa Barat) as the manager.
Djaya Christian University grew and enhanced in dynamics, through many challenges and obstacles, only by the blessing of God, finally the administrator of UKRIDA could be able to hold a responsibility in achieving the ideal faith and Christian service in higher education.
Since 1985, by God’ will, UKRIDA moved its location from Gunung Sahari to Tanjung Duren. After six years, in 1991, UKRIDA was diverted from Yayasan Badan Pendidikan Kristen Jawa Barat to Yayasan Pendidikan Tinggi Kristen Krida Wacana (YPTK Krida Wacana).
Krida Wacana Christian University hence means the university that works for the Word (of God Himself)
The changing of the name was established on 8 February, 1992. Djaya Christian University officially changed its name into Krida Wacana Christian University with the Decree from Minister of Education and Culture RI No. 0106/0/1992, and still used UKRIDA acronym. The word KRIDA means to create, while WACANA means Word (of God). Krida Wacana Christian University hence means the University that works for the Word (of God Himself).
Along with the needs of new study program, UKRIDA in 1999 open Master of Management program, and in 2002 also opened Informatics Engineering and S1 Psychology study for undergraduate program. Information System and English Literature were the newest two undergraduate programs opened in 2009 and 2014.
On 3 August 2002, UKRIDA officially opened Campus II at Jalan Terusan Arjuna Utara no. 6, which is used for Faculty of Medicine. Campus III which were located at Kelapa Gading, opened in 2010, is also used for Economics Department. UKRIDA aspires to be a dedicated institution able to serve the best for God and the nation.
Institution able to serve the best for God and the nation. UKRIDA yearns to be the partner of each learner and is looking forward to the future by relentlessly improving itself, its service facilities, and its capabilities. This expectancy is in line with UKRIDA’s life motto: "Being Transformed to Win The Future".