The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) as a body corporate established under the Universities Act, No. 7 of 2005, is mandated to recognize and accredit the country’s university institutions and their programmes; to approve relevant examinations regulations and determine the equivalence and hence recognize awards given by higher education institutions inside and outside Tanzania
Mission & Vision
To be a world-class higher education regulatory agency supporting systematic growth and excellence of university education in Tanzania
To promote accessible, equitable and harmonized quality university education systems that produce nationally and globally competitive outputs
Transparency, efficiency, integrity, tolerance, accountability, and creativity
In order to address the TCU agenda as stipulated in the Universities Act No 7 of 2005, the Commission has established nine Strategic Objectives to be achieved within the framework of the TCU Rolling Strategic Plan covering the period 2009/2010 to 2013/2014. The nine Strategic Objectives are as follows: (i) Improved quality assurance management systems (ii) Improved equitable access and coordination of student admission (iii) Improved student enrolment in science related programmes (iv) Enhanced internal and external linkages and university support systems (v) Improved ICT resources and higher education management information systems (vi) Established permanent TCU office premises (vii) Enhanced diversification of sources of funding (viii) Improved staff development activities, welfare and working environment (ix) Enhanced mitigation against the HIV/AIDS pandemic
In order to foster the implementation of its activities as stipulated in the Universities Act No. 7 of 2005. In 2005 the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) developed its Strategic Plan for the period 2005/06 to 2009/2010. That Strategic Plan had been prepared in order to succeed an earlier one for the period 2001/2002 to 2005/2006. Now the commission has developed her Rolling Strategic Plan for the period of 2009/10 - 2013/14 Click here for more...
The Governance system of TCU is constituted by two components namely the Commission and the Secretariat. The Composition of the current Commission is as follows:
S/No. Name Position 1. Prof Awadh Sadik Mawenya Chairman 2. Dr. Honorata M.K. Mushi Member 3. Mr. Othman M. Othman Member 4. Ms. Pina Mlaki Member 5. Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala Member 6. Prof. Nicholaus Bangu Member 7. Ms. Mwanaidi Abdalla Member 8. Prof. Ali Seif Mshimba Member 9. Prof. Wilbard S. Abeli Member 10. Mr. Kamana Stanley Member 11. Mr. Joffer Maggila Member 12. Prof. Penina Mlama Member 13. Mr. A.L. Binde Member 14. Prof. John Harry Monyo Member 15. TCU Executive Secretary Member 16. Representative of Universities Students Organisation – Tanzania Mainland Member 17. Representative of Universities Students Organisation – Tanzania Zanzibar Member 18. Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals - Tanzania Co-opted Member
The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) as a body corporate established under the Universities Act, No. 7 of 2005, is mandated to recognize and accredit the country’s university institutions and their programmes; to approve relevant examinations regulations and determine the equivalence and hence recognize awards given by higher education institutions inside and outside Tanzania.Click here to Open the TCU Act
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These Regulations may be cited as the Universities (Chartering, Registration and Accreditation Procedures) Regulations, 2005 and shall come into operation effect on the date of publication. Click here for More...
With increased concern on the number of students enrolled in science-based programmed, the Tanzania Commission for Universities has found it important to revise the existing guidelines on students’ selection, admission and allocation into higher education with an intention to expand enrolment in science-based programmes. Moreover, existing guidelines were previously reviewed in the year 2004 when TCU then the Higher Education Accreditation Council had a mandate to coordinate the admission of applicants into both universities and non-university higher education institutions. The revised guidelines also intend to remind institutions on admission procedures and processing so as to ensure smooth handling of admissions in the country. Click here for more...
Usually, there are three (3) stages that a person wishing to establish a University in Tanzania must undergo, namely, Provisional Licencing, Accreditation and finally, Chartering.
a) Provisional Licencing
Provisional Licencing is a process leading to a grant, by the Commission, of a Certificate of Provisional Registration (CPR) upon being satisfied that the applicant has two important instruments, namely, a draft charter and an action plan, indicating steps to be taken over a period of three years from the date of establishing the proposed University towards the realization of the object of the proposed University in the provision of University education. Details on provisional licensing procedures are as explained in the Regulations.
Accreditation is a system for recognising a University, its academic and professional programmes as well as governance and management structures for a level of performance, integrity, standards and quality which entitle the university to the confidence of the public it serves. In this context an accredited university means a university which has been given such a recognition upon satisfaction of the legal requirements spelt out in the Universities Act and other applicable laws.
A university which is a holder of Certificate of Provisional Registration may apply to the Commission for grant of Accreditation. In the minimum the application must contain:
- all information required for application of a provisional licence;
- a list and academic qualifications of the academic staff and senior administrative staff in full-time employment of the institution;
- a list of the total number of students that have been enrolled in each programme of instruction being offered at the institution;
- precise information on availability of library facilities, including the size, quality and quantity of the equipment provided in each programme of instruction by the institution;
- a statement of the financial resources available for the exclusive use of the institution certified by a qualified accountant;
- an inventory of the physical facilities including land available for the exclusive use of the institution;
- the names, addresses and status of the proprietors or owners or, as the case may be, promoters or sponsors of the institution; and
- any other information as the Commission may require in writing.
Accreditation however is not automatic; rather, it follows a systematic process which eventually leads to a grant of a Certificate of Accreditation (CoA).
A Charter is a governance instrument of a university issued in accordance with an approved format, signed and granted by the President in accordance with the Universities Act. A chartered University therefore means a University whose governance instrument has been approved by the Commission, signed and granted by the President.
- Chartering Procedures for a Local University
The procedure for chartering for a local university begins with an application by a university which has been accredited (holder of certificate of accreditation) to the Commission. Once the Commission is satisfied that the proposed charter meets the requirements of the law, it will make recommendations to the Minister responsible for Universities, for onward transmission to the President, for granting of a charter to the university.
Once a charter is singed and granted by the President it must be published in the Government Gazette to make the university in question acquire the status of a body corporate with rights, obligations and privileges associated with such a status. Such a university can award or offer Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and other academic awards.
Details on chartering process are indicated in the Regulations.
(ii) Procedures for a University Holding a Foreign Charter
The law allows a foreign university incorporated, registered and authorised to provide university education and holding charter in a foreign country to apply for local registration of the charter in question. The application for local registration of a foreign charter should be made to the Commission and must be accompanied by:-
- the charter, memorandum and articles of association or, as the case may be, the constitution of the applicant;
- an outline of academic programmes or courses of study to be offered by the foreign university and the quality assurance system;
- information on an established local academic committee and an administrative mechanism for the effective and efficient operationalisation locally of such academic programmes or courses of study of the institution and the carrying out of the day-to-day administration of the programmes and related operations of the institution in Tanzania in accordance with the provisions of this Act;
- the form of governance through which the academic and administrative affairs of the institution are to be conducted;
- proposed human resources including academic and senior administrative staff;
- existing or proposed physical infrastructure;
- academic facilities including library services and the size, quality and quantity of the equipment provided for in each programme of instructions by the institution;
- necessary policy documents as prescribed by the Commission; and
- any other information which the Commission in the exercise of its powers under the Universities Act, may require.
Other requirements are those as stipulated in the Regulations. It should be noted that, a foreign charter submitted for local registration and approval may either be approved in the form in which it is submitted or in a modified manner as may be considered appropriate by the President.
Once a foreign charter has been approved by the President, with or without modification, the Commission will register that foreign university as a Private University and such a university shall be required to comply with all requirements of the law in relation to provision of university education in Tanzania.
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Overall objectives of the NICHE project
Harmonisation of study programmes through further development and operationalization of National Qualification Framework (NQF) ensuring skills orientation and alignment with industry and business sectors.
- To strengthen the TCU in setting up and operationalising the NQF to harmonize study programme at universities, specifically gender sensitive business and enterpreneurship studies
- To pilot the NQF at Mzumbe University (MU) and Iringa University College (IUCo)
- To mainstream gender equality in the NQF, the study programmes at MU and IUCo, and in the management practices of the three organisations TCU, MU and IUCo
- To skillfully align the NQF and harmonize programmes, including the business and enterpreneurship studies, with the needs of the business and industry sector.
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Germany Postgraduate Programmes
Applicants should submit applications to the Executive Secretary of TCU, consisting of the following documents:
- Application letter indicating motivation to undertake PhD studies
- Letter of support from the University
- Cover sheet
- DAAD application form (with pictures attached)
- Hand-signed Curriculum Vitae (use the Europass specimen form at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu ) and list of publications, if any
- Ph.D. proposal (10 – 18 pages; 1,5 spacing; 2,5cm space left, 2cm right )
- Abstract of the proposal on one (separate) page (please include name and title of the proposal)
- Detailed work plan for 3 years including time schedule covering the whole period of the scholarship
- Two recommendation letters of academic referees (immediate supervisors) at your university (in English; on particular recommendation forms provided by DAAD)
- DAAD health certificate
- Certificates (each certified as true copy of the original certificate) : (i) Masters certificate (ii) Transcripts for each Year (iii) Bachelors certificate (iv) Transcripts for each Year (v) A-level certificate
- Confirmation of funding for (additional) research costs during field studies
Please click the links below to download the required Documents
N.B: Application forms and documents should not be stapled
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Tanzania Commission for Universities,
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P. O Box 6562,
Dar es Salaam.
Phone: +255 22 2772657
Fax: +255 22 2772891
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Website: TCU Website