1.1      3.1      Vision and Mission


Double Bracket: From the analysis of the audit questionnaire it was found that the vision and mission were not clear and were not shared by all. Consequently, participants discussed and arrived at the following consensus with regard to the vision. It states the proposed University of Arusha is: -




¡°a Christian University that exists for excellence in

wholistic education, professional development, research & consultancy services¡±.





The following pillars were established as support to the vision:-


  • Commitment to Christian education
  • Community participation
  • Equal opportunity for everyone





Over the last three decades TAC has had a mission, which seeks to provide a balanced Christian Education with the aim of preparing competent and committed workers for the church and society. In view of the diversity in the current institutional focus, the participants formulated a mission which was in line with the vision and which was considered as a long-term goal with significant level of realities in terms of the intended transformation.  Considering TAC¡¯s area of focus and state of development the participants opted for an all round education-oriented mission. The mission was stated as: -

Double Bracket: ¡°to provide an accessible and affordable wholistic education 
which will empower individuals to continue learning & serving the church, national & international communities¡±








The philosophy of an institution is the belief, reasoning and thinking beyond the nature, existence and mission of the institution. According to the institutional audit, TAC staff and BoT are clear about the philosophy. The philosophy is well articulated in the constitution, the faculty handbook, College Bulletin as well as other TAC policy documents. The institutional audit further revealed that TAC espouses the philosophy of education historically adopted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, namely that ¡°God is the Creator of all things and His power constantly sustains the universe and life found therein in its various forms. He shows a personal interest in the needs of His created beings and guides them through the revelation of His will¡±.


In view of the diversity in the current institutional focus, the participants formulated a philosophy, which supports the vision and mission statements. It states that: -

Double Bracket: ¡°The University of Arusha is a Christian institution that believes
 in offering equal opportunities for everyone and empowers students and workers to achieve excellence in wholistic education and the provision of quality service through community participation, collaboration, partnership and networking.¡±








Goal of UoA


In the past TAC has had several goals largely classified under religious (7), intellectual (8), occupational (6), aesthetic (7), physical (6) and social goals (10). Although the goals have served it well, they were observed to be general, many, and with no clear synergy with the vision and mission of the institution. The goals were synchronized and tailor made to conform to the new vision and mission statements.


  • Provide the necessary resources for a wholistic education, research and consultancy services.
  • Provide opportunities for practical experience in order to gain skills for professional development
  • To prepare, equip & produce competent & committed workers
  • To serve God & mankind
  • To influence the church, the nation and the international community
  • To maintain an accessible affordable & accredited institution of higher learning


The key objective is to establish a nationally and internationally recognized university and research institute by the year 2005. This will be achieved through: -


  • Improve income of all needy students
  • Improve turnover of IGAs
  • Increase student enrolment
  • Create an awareness on the needs of the university
  • Improve public relations
  • Increase number & quality of staff housing.

¡×         Seek donors to support the development of the university

  • Recruit more staff
  • Improve facilities e.g. library, laboratory, transport and communication.
  • Introduce new educational programs
  • Improve the financial status of the university
  • Increase & improve student accommodation
  • Improve the present infrastructure


1.2   3.4      Development Mandate


For nearly three decades TAC has been operating with a strong Christian based mandate that is confined to ministerial training. TAC holds Certificates of Registration from the Ministry of Education and Culture that empowers it to run a Teachers¡¯ College (TTC) and offer diploma studies in Business and Religion.


Over time the Tanzania Union of Seventh-day Adventist took a careful consideration of the problems and demand by the members of its faith and it became necessary to revise and redefine the mandate to include other educational programmes. By 1979, the college started offering diplomas in Theology, Business, Education and Secretarial Science. A recommendation by the TU and support from other Adventist institutions led to further expansion and offered anchorage to the institution in terms of affiliation. In 1996, through its affiliation with Griggs University and then the University of Eastern Africa Baraton (UEAB), it offered Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, Religion and Bachelor of Business Administration and Management.


In terms of student enrolment, TAC currently admits approximately 170 students largely from Tanzania and other East Central and Southern Africa countries such as Kenya,  Rwanda and Burundi, Congo, Botswana and Sudan.


1.3      3.5      Proposed Programmes to be Offered


Currently, TAC runs the four programmes discussed above. In addition, the college runs some pre-college programmes and remedial courses. The full course outlay is provided in the college prospectus (Bulletin 2001). The TAC management and Board of Trustees in keeping with the intent to transform the college into a full fledged university, has laid grounds to establish new programmes such as Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Guidance and Counselling and Bachelor of Business Administration in Office Administration.


In July 2003, HEAC also recognized the need for the proposed university status and has in September 2003 submitted a letter of interim authority as a first step towards getting fully accredited university status. HEAC recommended among other things the widening of programme scope. The issue was revisited by participants and a tentative agreement among the stakeholders was to urgently strengthen, re-organize and design a comprehensive academic charter (academic master plan) to guide the expansion of programmes and systematise the delivery of the academic content. In line with the recommendation of the HEAC, major lines of structural adjustments in this domain should reflect course descriptions, course objectives, teaching methods, course content, course requirement, course evaluations, grading systems and bibliography.

3.5.1     Admission & Registration Policies


Admission of students to a degree programme at UoA will be based on meeting requirements for admission as will be determined by the academic board. It is important to mention that the college administration should commission the drafting of the University Academic Charter (UAC), as a matter of urgency, which is expected to contain details of full admission policies and requirements. Presently, UoA has an open admission policy, which extends the admission privilege to any student who wishes to obtain a quality education in a Christian environment and express willingness to co-operate with the college policies.


Upon receipt of an official application, aspiring students are furnished with application. forms together with information on finances, admission requirement and major courses offered among others. To facilitate the registration process, a non-refundable application fee is charged. Tanzania students are required to submit cash payment of Tsh.15,000 while foreign students submit US$ 30.


  • Entrance requirements; The entrance requirements discussed below are specific to academic qualifications and adopts an integrated British - American system of Education where students gain university admission on completion of Advance Level (A-Level) and Secondary education (form four). According to the recommendation of the college academic board, there are three distinct categories for admission to degree and diploma courses.


a)      The first category; extends admission to secondary school graduates (O-Level) with at least five credits including English. More specific requirements are also in place for example, those willing to join Business Department must have a credit in Mathematics.


b)      The second category; is designed for those who fall below the requirement of the first category. Such students are considered through mature age entrance examination and must have at least 3 credits in O-Level. The category also restricts the age limit to at least 25 years of age.


c)      The Third category; is designed for students joining Diploma in Secretarial Science. The requirement demands at least three credit in O-Level including English.


d)      The fourth category; are students who join after A-Level. In this category the students are awarded upto 15 credit hours for each A-Level credit.

3.5.2     Course Load


The programme will maintain its course load, which is expressed in credits and normally accumulated to 15-16 credits per semester. In this system a four-credit course meets four times (four regular class periods) a week. However, a special case like laboratory period of say three hours is considered equal to one regular class period.

3.5.3     Transferred Credits


Like other universities, UoA will remain flexible on issues of transfers. Students who will be willing to transfer to the campus must be from approved institutions of higher education. Such students may have credits earned from those institutions accepted without a validating examination by submitting complete official transcripts. In addition, the credits must meet the minimum requirement of Grade C (Grade Point Average of 2). A detailed presentation on transfer frameworks will be continued in the academic charter.

3.5.4     Examination (Certification)

a)         Examination


The University will run its examination through the Examination Committee (EC). All students are required to sit for their final examination as scheduled in the academic calendar. On special occasions students may be allowed to take final examination on other non-scheduled dates but with the authorization of the academic dean. A similar case happens with cases whereby instructors have valid reasons to change the time and dates for final examinations. It is important to mention that the university authority may wish to levy a minimal fee for special examination.


Waiver examinations can be awarded to students who may want to earn credits but wish to waiver certain requirements that are otherwise required to complete a course. It should be noted that waiver examinations earn no credit but will be used to facilitate the advancement of students to higher courses. For such examinations the university will accept a minimum grade of C.


Challenge examinations will also be provided especially for students who are competent and want to get exempted from junior courses. A grade of B and above will be accepted and will earn no more that 8 credits.  Another category, supplementary examination will be given to students who earned a grade of C- in a major course, to enable them mark up to the minimum requirement of grade B-.