The Faculty of Economics of the University of Bengkulu (henceforth FE Unib) was established based on Presidential Decree Number 17 of 1982 on March 31st, 1982. It was inaugurated by the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Daoed Yusuf. The FE Unib was firstly led by a Dean, H. Mochtar Azehari, S.E., who served from 1982 to 1984. The study programmes offered by the FE Unib at the beginning consisted of the Department of Economics and Development Studies. Based on the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture Number 0542/0/1983, the FE Unib opened a Management Department, and in 1996, the FE Unib opened an Extension Programme and Vocation (Diploma III) Accounting Study Programme. Subsequently, in 2002, the Accounting Department was opened based on the establishment permit Number 1417/D/T/2002 to meet the demands of society and the needs of stakeholders. Furthermore, to meet the needs of human resources in various fields of economics and business, the FE Unib opened several postgraduate study programmes; Magister in Management Programme was opened in 1999, Magister in Development Planning Programme was opened in 2006, and Magister in Accounting Programme was opened in 2011. In other words, until 2012, the departments at the FE Unib consisted of 3 (three) levels of education programmes; 1 (one) Diploma Study Programme, 1 (one) Extension Programme, and 3 (three) Postgraduate Programmes.

The development of FE Unib and the improvement of services to users from its establishment in 1982 until 2012 align with the vision, missions, and objectives of FE Unib. The vision, Missions, and Objectives of FE Unib are formulated realistically and oriented toward the future. A series of workshops to formulate the vision and missions was conducted in 2006 and revised in 2010. The formulation of the Vision, Missions, and Objectives of FE Unib is based on the needs and expectations of stakeholders. The director of the FE Unib has disseminated the vision-missions formulation to lecturers, staff, students, and other stakeholders. In addition, the formulation of the Vision, Missions, and Objectives of FE Unib refers to the Vision, Missions, and Objectives of Unib as the main institution.

The FE proposes international accreditation through the Acquin accreditation agency, which is registered on the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education to improve the quality of the study programmes and teaching-learning activities at the faculty of Economics.