The university is named after the Great Commander, General Soedirman who held the following philosophies: persistence, optimism, wisdom, integrity, courage, faith, aspiration, unity, candor, and common sense. Those have inspired the educational personnel and administrative staff to work with professional excellence.
It is situated in Purwokerto, a municipal city in Banyumas regency, Central Java, Indonesia. This is an agricultural region. It is strategically surrounded by villages rich in natural resources, and such opportunities inspire the university to build its foundation on one great vision: to develop tropical rural resources and local wisdoms.