The idea of establishing Universitas Ma Chung (Ma Chung University) was hatched during the 55th Anniversary of Ma Chung Middle School and student reunion on September 2001 in Xiamen, China, upon the strong axiom and spirit of Ma Chung which include: harmony, unity, devotion to the community and dedication to the Indonesian education.
Holding firmly to the motto – "When drinking water, do not forget its spring, just as when one is successful, one should return to one's roots" – and combined with the commitment of the Ma Chung alumni all over the world, a legal entity aptly named PT. Ma Chung was founded on 1 May 2004 as the initial step towards the creation of Universitas Ma Chung, as pioneered by Soegeng Hendarto, Mochtar Riady, Teguh Kinarto, Hendro Sunjoto, Koentjoro Loekito, Effendy Sudargo, Agus Chandra, Hadi Widjojo, Nuryati Tanuwidjaya, Nehemja, Alex Lesmana Samudra, Evelyn Adam, Hadi Surjono, Nagawidjaja Winoto and Soebroto Wirotomo: names which are often associated to outstanding businesses of international repute.
As an acclamation and a true mark of these Ma Chung alumni's willpower from all over the world, on 17 July 2005 as part of their Reunion and 60th Anniversary of Ma Chung Middle School in Malang, the first foundation stone of Universitas Ma Chung was laid. And to expedite the running of the university into the foreseeable future, Yayasan Harapan Bangsa Sejahtera (Prosperous National Hope Foundation) was founded and underwhich, Universitas Ma Chung operates till today.
Senior Alumni, Prof Dr Yang Zhiling and Prof Dr Bin Ling untiringly guided and gave concrete counsel in relation to the building and administrative running of the university. These valuable input became the first steps towards the blue print for the management of PT Ma Chung and Yayasan Harapan Bangsa Sejahtera to work from.
Then, on 7 July 2007, Universitas Ma Chung was officially opened; proudly attended and witnessed by thousands of the Ma Chung alumni.