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3.1 Introduction

As it was pointed out at the beginning of chapter one, that the decision to establish the university was made by the Bishops in the 47 Plenary Assembly held in July 1994. The University will be established at Nyegezi Social Training Institute - Mwanza. The reasons for establishing the University has been discussed in chapter two. This chapter tries to describe the University to be in terms of vision, mission, objectives characteristics, academic programmes, management structure and location.

3.2 Description of the Universities to be Established.

3.2.1 Name of the University

The University to be established has been christened as "SAINT AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA" (SAUT) with the motto "That All May Be One".

3.2.2 Vision of the University

The vision of the University is "Guided by Gospel message, Catholic Tradition and the Teachings of the Church, St. Augustine University of Tanzania envisages a society with people who are outstanding in learning, ready to undertaken the more responsible duties of societies and to be witnesses of the faith to the world".

3.2.3 Mission of the University

The St. Augustine University of Tanzania shall be one of the secular institutions of higher learning managed by the Catholic Church. The University shall be a centre of excellence providing highest quality of education, research and consultancy. Not only academics and theories will be emphasized but also practicals and profession attainment in training. It shall impart not only academic knowledge and professional skills to its students, but shall also endeavour to promote continued study habits, strive to instill values of integrity, self respect, and respect of others. As a Catholic University shall be always inspired by Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It shall also promote the pursuit and defence of truth, transparency, honesty, service with competence and devotion. It shall also endeavour to develop a sense of care of personal and community property and be in mirror of cherished values of a good society. It thrust shall be a holistic development of the person by providing sound knowledge, higher analytical ability and commitment to good service to humankind.


3.2.4 Objectives and Functions of the University

St. Augustine University of Tanzania shall have the following objectives and functions:

(1) To form an academic community as a centre of creativity and dissemination of knowledge. It is therefore a community made up of both teachers and learners which in a vigorous and critical fashion promotes the protection and advancement of human dignity, human values illumined by religious faith, and cultural heritage as well as international academic communities and the universal Church.

(2) To provide a forum and facilities where the academic autonomy of each discipline is respected. Various discipliners are brought together in mutual dialogue for their own enrichment and for the integration of knowledge.

(3) To provide a centre for the advancement of knowledge and continuing education by training people's minds for clear and independent thinking, in order to develop their capacities to the fullest.

(4) To pursue original research, consultancy and scholarship for the discovery, innovation, advancement and refinement of knowledge; and applied or contracted research for problem at the highest level.

(5) To assist in meeting the resources of experts in society in various fields of humanities, science and technology.

(6) To be an organ of the Church in its prophetic mission, that is, to reflect on the events of life, the needs and aspiration of the people and the signs of the times; and to have the courage to speak truths which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society and to promote social justice and peace.

(7) To provide an avenue of social mobility for all able men and women who might otherwise not be selected for public universities.

(8) To act as exemplary of some national policies, such as equal opportunity for women, ethnic minorities, the poor and disabled, nurturing universal values for a common culture and a good standards of citizenship.

(9) To be exemplary in quality of performance, conduct and ethics, with transparency in whatever activity it undertakes.

(10) To prepare and mould men and women of integrity, devotion, and commitment, who are principled, accountable, and capable of taking risks for assuming leadership roles in society in order to be able to realize the indeals of a just and fair society.

(11) To collaborate with other institutions of higher learning, particularly those located in the AMECEA region, for integral development, understanding and promotion of cultures and the environment.

(12) To be a forum for ecumenical dialogue and collaboration with other christian denominations. In addition, to promote dialogue with other religions for mutual enrichment.

(13) To offer a variety of services to communities, especially the poorest or the most needy and the marginalized.

(14) To encourage sport and sportsmanship and to promote a healthy life style in its students.

(15) To conduct examinations for and grant degree, diplomas, certificates and other awards of the University and the revocation of such degrees, diplomas, certificates and other awards.

(16) To confer degree of Master or Doctor "honoris causa" which the University may wish to confer upon any person who has rendered distinguished service in the advancement of any branch of learning or who has otherwise rendered himself worthy of such a degree.

3.2.5 Characteristic Features of the University

The University to be established shall have the following characteristics features:

- The University shall be distinguished by its holistic approach to nature, humanity and God. It shall be dedicated to research all aspects of truth in their essential connection with the supreme truth who is God.

- The University shall opt for the meaning of human person and his centrality in the universe in carrying out scientific and technological research.

- The University shall be inspired by Gospel values.

- The University shall be for reflecting on human knowledge in the light of the Word of God and Catholic tradition.

- The University shall be loyal to the Gospel message as it comes to us, through the Word of God, Catholic Tradition and Teaching of the Church.

- The University shall be committed to the service of the human family by playing practical and transcendental role in liberative, inculturative, and transformative process for the fulfillment of the human family.

- By set up and its atmosphere and culture, it shall be Catholic University. Consequently the formation of conscience shall be compulsory.

3.2.6 Academic Programmes

St. Augustine University of Tanzania shall offer courses and programmes leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The University shall also endeavour to develop and offer tailor - made programmes, consultancy and seminars to clients who need such services.

The University shall adopt an interdisciplinary approach to cover various branches of knowledge and disciplines ranging from the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Law, Government, Economics Sociology, Business Administration. The following are proposed academic programmes with duration for undertaking them:

(a) Undergraduate Programme

- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 3 years

. B.A ( General)

. B.A (Education)

. B.A. (Mass Communications)

- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) 3 years

- Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) 3 years

- Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) 3 years

. B.Sc.( Education)

. B.Sc.( General)

. B.Sc. (Environment)

- Bachelor of Law (LL.B) 3 years

- Bachelor of Science Engineering (B.Sc Engineering) 4 years

- Doctor of Medicine (M.D) 5 years

- Doctor of Dental (Surgery) (D.D.S) 5 years

- Bachelor of Science (Nursing)(B.Sc. Nursing) 4 years

- Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) 3 years

- Bachelor of Science (Agriculture)(B.Sc.Agriculture) 3 years

- Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) 5 years

(b) Postgraduate Programme

- Master of Arts and Social Science degree (M.A) 18 months

- Master of Science (M.Sc) 24 months

- Master of Science (Engineering)

M.Sc (Engineering) 24 months

- Master of Science (Agriculture) M.Sc.Agriculture)24 months

- Master of Veterinary Medicine (M.VM) 36 months

- Master of Business Administration (MBA) 24 months

- Master of Laws (LLM) 18 months

- Master of Medicine (M.ED) 36 months

- Master of Dentistry (M.ED) 36 months

- Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharm.) 24months

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Minimum 3 years

(c) Non - Degree Programmes

- Advance Diploma in Journalism (ADJ) 3 years

- Advance Diploma in Accountancy (ADA) 3 years

- Advance Diploma in Materials Management (ADMM) 3 years

- Diploma in Education (Dip. Education) 2 years

- Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology 3 years

- Diploma in Prosection 2 years

- Diploma in Environmental Health Sciences 2 years

- Diploma in Diagnostic Radiography 2 years

- Diploma in Orthopaedic Technology 2 years

- Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences 3 years

- Advanced Diploma in Nursing Education

- Postgraduate Diploma in Education 1 year

- Certificate in Accounting 9 months

- Certificate in Hospital Administration 9 months

- Certificate in Computer Science 9 months

3.3 Organization Structure of the University

In order to fulfill its mission, the envisaged university shall have the main university, constituent colleges, institutes, faculties and departments as well as units. These will be as follows:-

SAUT and the Constituent Colleges shall have 12 faculties, 1 institute and 68 departments and 9 units. Table 7 indicates the faculties, institutes, departments and units of the University and the Constituent Colleges.


Table 7:Faculties,Institutes, Departments and Units of the University and

Constituent Colleges

University/ Constituent/ College

Faculty/Institute Unit


St. Augustine University of Tanzania

Humanities and Mass Communications

- Mass Communications

- Journalism

- Broadcasting

- Public Relations and Advertising

- Philosophy, Ethics

- Social & Development Studies

- Languages


Business Administration

- Accountancy

- Management

- Materials Management

- Marketing

- Finance

- Business Administration


Agricultural Science

- Agriculture

- Environment

- Veterinary Medicine


-Secretarial studies and communication skills (Unit)



-Computer Science (Unit)



-Consultancy, research and Special Programmes


Constituent College of Education

Education and Counselling

- Education Planning and Administration

- Curriculum and Teaching

- Educational Psychology

- Adult Education


Arts and Social Science

  • Political Science

- History

- Geography

- Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

- Economics

- Sociology

- Development Studies and Ethnics


Natural Sciences

- Botany

- Chemistry

- Physics

- Mathematics and statistics

- Zoology


Consultancy and Research Unit


Constituent College of Health Science


- Internal Medicine

- Surgery

- Paediatrics and Child Health

- Pharmacology

- Pathology

- Obstetrics/Gynecology

- Microbiology and Immunology

- Biochemistry

- Radiology

- Anatomy and Histology

- Medical and Social Ethics

- Medical Psychology and Polychaistry

- Community Medicine

- Ophthalmology



- Preventive and Community Dentistry

- Restorative Dentistry

- Oral Surgery and Radiology



- Medicinal Chemistry

- Pharmacognosy

- Pharmaceutics

- Pharmaceutical Microbiology



- Basic Nursing

- Medical and Surgical Nursing

- Community Health and Administration


Institute of Allied Health Sciences


Constituent College of Laws and Applied Science and Technology


- Economics Law

- Legal theory

- International Law


Applied Science and Technology

- Civil Engineering

- Electrical Engineering

- Mechanical Engineering



The University if founded and owned by Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC). TEC was established in 1956 and officially registered to the government on 13th May 1975 under the Societies Ordinance of 1954.


The administrative office of TEC is known as Catholic Secretariat. The Chief Executive Officer is the TEC Secretary General. This is found in Dar es Salaam, Temeke District, Kurasini area, along Nelson Mandela road. Its contact address is:-

Catholic Secretariat

Tanzania Episcopal Conference

P.O. Box 2133, Dar es Salaam


Tel: 255-051-851075-9/850297

Fax: 255-051-851133 or 850295



All properties of the University shall be owned by Tanzania Episcopal Conference entrusted to the University.


The Management of the University shall be under the University Council headed by the Chancellor. However the day to day administration shall be entrusted to the Vice Chancellor who shall be the Chief Executive Officer.

The Vice Chancellor shall be assisted by the Chief Administration and Finance Officer and the Chief Academic Officer. The Chief Administration and Finance Officer shall be in charge of all matter regards the welfare of the personnel and funds for the University. While the Chief Academic Officer will deal with the matters related to academics.

In running the University several Boards and Committees the Senate, Management, Board, Faculty board Appointments and Promotion Committees, Students' Organisation, Staff Organisations.

The structure and functions of each person and board/committees shall be determined by the charter. For the management structure see Appendix IV.


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