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ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA

 

 

P.O. Box 307, MWANZA, TANZANIA

Tel. 00/255/068/550560 E-Mail saut-nyegezi@sukumanet.com

 

KNOW DETAILS ABOUT THE UNIVERSTITY

 

I. THE BACKGROUND

II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDEA TO ESTABLISH THE UNIVERSITY

III. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

IV. FINANCING THE SAINT AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA

V. THE PROCESS TO ESTABLISH THE UNIVERSITY

VI THE PLAN OF ACTION TO ESTABLISH ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

1.0 BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

During the 47th Plenary Assembly of Bishops which was held at Kurasini, Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) and Training Centre, Dar es Salaam from 18th to 21st July 1994, the Bishops agreed to establish a Catholic University . It was decided that Nyegezi Social Training Institute (NSTI) be transformed to a University. The University to be established shall use the premises of Nyegezi Social Training Institute and former Nyegezi Agriculture Institute in Mwanza Archdiocese. Therefore this chapter shall give the background information of NSTI.

1.1 THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NYEGEZI SOCIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE AND ITS DEVELOPMENT

The Nyegezi Social Training Institute (NSTI) was established in 1961 with the name of Nyegezi Social Training Centre by Missionaries of Africa. This was the initiative of Bishop Joseph Blomjous of then Mwanza diocese. The centre dedicated to educate personnel to undertake positions of leadership in East and Central Africa that were to achieve their independence. Thus the Centre offered professional courses in Communications, Community Development, Accountancy and Materials Management. In educating the future leaders, the training was devised to impart not only the knowledge and the skills, but also the values of integrity and responsible citizenry, thus enabling the NSTI graduates to serve their respective communities with competence and devotion.

According to the fore-explanations, the Catholic Church established NSTI for the purpose of contributing effectively to the new stage of Africa's development and liberation. The were two main objectives for establishing the NSTI at that time:-

(a) to fill the gap which existed in the training of indigenous personnel

(b) to train Church personnel in similar skills

In 1975, then Bishop of Mwanza Diocese Rt. Rev. Renatus Butibubage, entrusted NSTI to the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) which until today operates the institute through the Governing Board known as Senate.

1.1.1 Functions and Objectives of NSTI

The NSTI under TEC continued to expand and improve in terms of objectives and functions. The following are the present objectives and functions of NSTI.

- to promote social and economic development by providing professional training in the principles, procedures and techniques of journalism, accountancy, hospital administration and materials management

- to engage in research and provide consultancy services

- to train personnel for government, Church and Non Governmental institutions.

1.1.2 The Academic Programmes

Since its inception, NSTI has been offering professional courses for Certificates, Ordinary and Advanced Diploma related to the Community Development, Journalism, Accountancy, Materials Management and Hospital Administration. Table 1 shows the academic programmes and duration a student to cover.

Table 1: The existing Academic Programmes and Duration at NSTI

Academic Programme

Duration (Years)

Advanced Diploma in Journalism (ADJ)

3

Advance Diploma in Materials Management (ADMM)

3

Advance Diploma in Accountancy (ADA)

3

Certificate in Accountancy (CA)

1

Certificate in Hospital Administration (CHA)

1

The Institute also offer consulting and Research services to the dioceses and other organisations. It also offers courses in computer sciences.

1.1.3 Enrolment and Graduates of NSTI

In order to fulfill its mission, NSTI has been enrolling students regardless their denomination/religion, origin, race or sex. Qualifications and ability to pay fee were main criteria for one to be admitted at the institute. The Institute enrolls students from the Asscvociation of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Countries; Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sudan and Tanzania.

Since it was established in 1960, NSTI has produced about 2300 graduates in Accountancy, Materials management, Hospital Administration, Community Development and Journalism. There are employed in various, middle and top management positions in the government, churches, non-governmental organisations, private sector and some of them are self employed. The number of graduates in the academic programmes 1990 - 1997 are shown in table 2.

 

Table 2: Number of NSTI Graduates 1990 - 1997

Academic Programme

90/91

91/92

92/93

93/94

94/95

95/96

96/97

ADJ

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

ADMM

54

39

65

55

77

56

55

ADA

126

78

82

64

103

99

85

DJ

40

37

25

24

35

48

-

DA

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Certificate in HA

6

1

7

3

5

6

 

Cert. in Accountancy

33

45

02

36

44

37

 

1.2 NSTI ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The NSTI is owned by Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC). The management of the institute is under the SENATE which is higher policy making body. The Chairman of the Senate is the Archbishop of Mwanza Archdiocese. The senate is composed of eleven (11) members including the Chairman. These come from Tanzania Episcopal Conference and the Tanzania government. The former is represented by five (5) members while the later is represented by six (6) members. Each one (TEC and the government) appoints its representatives.

The Senate is assisted by two committees, namely; Academic Committee and Finance and Administration Committee. The former advised the senate on all academic matters of the Institute. The later advised the senate on matters related to finance and the management of the Institute.

The day to day management of the institute is entrusted to the Director, as the Chief Executive Officer. He is assisted by the Academic Officer and the Finance and Administrative Officer. There is also the Chaplain. The four Officers are appointed by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference. For the Organization Chart see appendix 1.

 

1.3 EXISTING HUMAN AND PHYSICAL FACILITIES AT NSTI

1.3.1 Human Resources

(a) Academic Staff:

NSTI has been operating with a well qualified personnel both for the academics and administration. This made the NSTI to raise and maintain its reputation not only in Tanzania but also in other AMECEA Countries. In order to curb the shortage of lecturers which arises time to time for various reasons, the institute uses part-time lecturers. Table 3 indicates the number of academic staff at NSTI with their levels of qualifications in each department.

Table 3: Number of Academic Staff Education level in each Department

Dept/Unit

Number of Academic Staff with

 

Diploma

CPA(T)/

CSP

BA/LLB Graduates

MA/

MBA

PHD

Journalism

2

-

7

3

2

Accountancy

1

3

3

4

-

Materials Management

1

4

-

1

 

Consultancy Research Unit

-

-

-

-

-

Computer Centre

-

-

-

-

1

Library

-

-

1

-

-

The details of academic qualifications of each academic staff see appendix 2.

(b) Administrative Staff

As it has been already pointed out that NSTI has qualified administrative staff who are working hand in hand with the academicians. The administrative staff are responsible for day to day administration work. Their number and qualification give opportunities for the NSTI to operate with efficiency and effectiveness.

Table 4 shows the number of administrative staff and education level in each department or section. For details or academic qualification for each staff see appendix.

 

Table 4: Number of Administrative Staff and Education Level their in Each Offices.

Office

Number of Administrative Staff with

 

Certificate

Diploma

Advanced Diploma

BA/

LLB/

BSC

MA/MSC

PHD

Total

Director Office

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

Academic Office

4

 

 

 

 

1

 

Finance and Admin. Office

1

 

2

1

 

 

 

Chaplain Office

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

Dispensary

4

1

 

1

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Facilities:

Since NSTI was established, the owners built and acquired the needed facilities for purpose of offering education skills with the required quality. The buildings were either expanded or built according to the needs. Recently, in April, 1997, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania returned all the physical facilities owned by the defuncted MATI - Nyegezi to the Catholic Church (the former owner). The reacquiring of these facilities made NSTI to be rich in terms of the physical facilities both for academic and administration purposes. Table 5 indicates the type of physical facilities existing, the number and capacity.

 

Table 5: Existing Physical Facilities their Number and Capacity for Nyegezi and Malimbe

Campuses

Category/Item Facilities

NYEGEZI

MALIMBE

TOTAL

 

Quantity

Capacity

Quantity

Capacity

Quantity

Capacity

A: Teaching &

Learning

Facilities

* Classrooms

* Library

* Photo studio

* Computers

* Radio FM Station

* Office of Heads of

Departments

* Lecturers'

Offices

* Workshops

 

 

 

7

1

1

5

1

4

8

 

 

 

315

40

 

 

 

4

16

 

 

 

8

1

 

 

 

8

12

 

 

 

240

150

 

 

 

8

24

 

 

 

15

2

 

 

 

12

20

 

 

 

555

90

 

 

 

12

40

B: Administration

Facilities

* Offices

* Conference Hall

* Board Room

* Dining Hall

* Tea Room

 

 

10

1

1

1

1

 

 

12

320

16

240

20

 

 

6

1

1

-

 

 

12

300

300

-

 

 

16

2

1

2

-

 

 

24

600

16

540

-

C: Resident Facilities

* Hostel

* Staff Houses

 

10

31

 

290

31

 

10

35

 

200

35

 

20

 

490

D: Dispensary

E: Worship Facilities

* Chapel

1

-

1

 

-

40

4

4

2

 

120

100

 

4

3

 

20

140

F: Games & Facilities

* Football Pitch

* Basketball Pitch

* Volleyball Pitch

 

1

1

1

 

20

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

This chapter has explained the establishment and the development of NSTI. It is imperative that NSTI has grown to the extent of becoming one of higher learning institutions in Tanzania with high reputation.

It has upgraded or introduced its academic programmes according to the society needs. It has qualified staff for academics and administration. The existing physical facilities are adequate to meet the requirements.

The growth of NSTI and the high demand for the qualified and committed manpower necessitate the transformation of NSTI to University.

 

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