He is an extraordinary figure. Who would have thought, once he was just an ordinary shopkeeper, but now has become the rector of a prestigious university in Central Java, armed with determination and perseverance, he is able to achieve success in life. Everything he desires always he proves in earnest.
Before setting up a computer school, Edi ever aspired to be a pilot and batik trader. High curiosity to make computers get him enrolled in computer courses of Jakarta Course & Study Group, which later changed its status to college. He was accepted as a student at the Institute of Informatics and Computer (STI & K) without going through the selection test. During his campus life, he worked as a marketing representative in PT. Pure Kurnia Abadi and PT EDP Asistance Esex Indonesia, after leaving the world of batik that has been practiced. In 1983 he graduated as Bachelor of Computer as the first and only one in Indonesia. Shortly thereafter he worked at MDS Qantel as a Computer Analyst system, and in the afternoon he taught in Indonesian American Computer Education Institute (LPKIA). Six months later he was appointed as the Director of LPKIA.
In 1986 he returned to Semarang and founded the non-formal computer education institute with the name of Institut Manajemen Komputer & Akuntansi (IMKA) or Institute of Computer Management & Accounting (IMKA), which eventually gave birth to Akademi Manajemen Informatika dan Komputer (AMIK) or Dian Nuswantoro Academy of Information and Computer Management (AMIK) were transformed into Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Informatika dan Komputer (STMIK) or Dian Nuswantoro School of Information Management and Computer.
Edi was awarded his PhD in Economics from Merdeka University of Malang in 2005 with the concentration in entrepreneurship. In 2013, he received the grace of Honoris Causa Doctoral of the University of Teknikal Malaysia Melaka on his achievements in cooperating with many universities.