In the current era of globalization, IT (Information Technology) has become an absolute necessity for organizations, including companies in the field of goods and services, and also nonprofit organizations. Besides that, this technology is also one of the sciences that are able to touch the society individually, such as in communications, entertainment, and education. Therefore, the need for professional labor in the fields of informatics engineering is very high, either at the national or international level. In addition to be absorbed by the labor market, a graduate of Informatics Engineering can also easily become an entrepreneur with his expertise and creativity in science and informatics.
Establishment of the study program of Informatics Engineering at ITB began with the use of computers under the management of the Computer Center, ITB. Backed by the spirit and willingness to grow, formal education on computers began with the opening of Education Program of Computer Utilization Engineer (PAT-JPK) in 1978.
In 1994, the course for Masters degree in Informatics in Software Engineering was opened. In 1997, a course for Masters degree in Informatics for the study program of Real Time Software Engineering was opened; this became the first department of Information Science and Technology in state university environment in Indonesia. Until 1995, the department had produced 307 bachelor graduates. The historical development of the Department of Informatics Engineering, ITB in chronological order, include the following: