Sokoine University of Agriculture

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Sokoine University of Agriculture
Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo  (Swahili)
Motto Ardhi ni Hazina  (Swahili)
Motto in English
Land is Treasure
Type Public
Established 1984 (1984)
Chairman Philemon Luhanjo
Chancellor Hon.Judge Joseph Sinde Warioba
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raphael Tihelwa Chibunda
Location Morogoro, Tanzania
Coordinates: 6°51′5″S 37°39′26″E / 6.85139°S 37.65722°E / -6.85139; 37.65722
Colors Green and Yellow
Affiliations AAU, ACU
Poulty demonstration at Sokoine University of Agriculture

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is a public university in Morogoro, Tanzania, specializing in agriculture.[1][2] The university is named after the country's second prime minister Edward Sokoine.


Sokoine University of Agriculture was established on 1 July 1984 by Parliamentary Act No. 6 of the same year. It is 3.0 km from the centre of Morogoro Municipality, which is about 200 km west of Dar es Salaam. The university is made up of four campuses and one constituent college. The campuses are the

  • Main and Solomon Mahlangu campuses in Morogoro
  • Olmotonyi Campus in Arusha
  • Mazumbai Campus in Lushoto

SUA has six mandates: selling, customs care, training, research, consultancy and outreach. SUA offers training that lead to awards of certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters, and doctorates. Non-degree programmes include Diploma in Information and Library Science, Diploma in Records, Archives and Information Management, Diploma in Animal Health and Production, Diploma in Laboratory Technology.

The Sokoine National Agricultural Library is SUA's Library and the Tanzania National Agricultural Library. The library provides services to the university community and other stakeholders in the agricultural and related sectors, it also offers academic programmes in Information Sciences.


The university traces its roots back to 1965 in Morogoro, where it initially began as an Agriculture college offering diploma training in agricultural practices. After the dissolution of the East African Community in 1970, the University of East Africa, which was the only university in East Africa offering Agriculture degrees in the region was also dissolved. This forced the Government of Tanzania to create a domestic institution, which let to the establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Dar es Salaam. Sokoine Agriculture college fell under this umbrella and under the mandate of the University of Dar es Salaam, started to offer Bachelors of Science in Agriculture.[3]

Further progress continued to developed in the Faculty of Agriculture and in 1974 the Division of Forestry was established and in 1976 the division of veterinary science was established. This led to the Faculty being renamed to the "Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Sciences." With growing enrollment numbers, the parliament decided to separate the Faculty and create a fully fledged university to help boost agriculture growth in the country.[4][5] Through the Parliamentary Act No. 6 of 1984, the faculty was then transformed into a University and today is known as Sokoine University of Agriculture.


Undergraduate courses[edit]

SUA trains students at undergraduate level leading to degree awards in BSc. Agriculture General, BSc. Agronomy, BSc. Human Nutrition, BSc. Food Science and Technology, BSc. Horticulture, BSc. Applied Agricultural Extension, BSc. Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness, BSc. Aquaculture, BSc. Range Management, BSc. Animal Science, BSc. Agricultural Engineering, BSc. Forestry, BSc. Wildlife Management, Bachelor of Tourism Management, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, BSc. Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences, BSc. Environmental Sciences and Management, BSc. Education (Chemistry & Biology; Chemistry & Mathematics; Geography & Biology; Geography & Mathematics and Informatics & Mathematics options), BSc. Informatics, Bachelor of Rural Development, BSc. Agricultural Education, Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences, BSc. Irrigation and Water Resources and BSc. Bio-process and Post-harvest Engineering.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

SUA offers the following master's degree programmes: MSc. Agricultural Economics, MBA (Agribusiness), Master in Applied Agricultural Economics, MBA (Evening Programme), MSc. Agricultural Education and Extension, MSc. Agricultural Engineering, MSc. Irrigation Engineering and Management, MSc. Land Use Planning and Management, MSc. Crop Science, MSc. Soil Science and Land Management, MSc. Tropical Animal Production, MSc. Food Science, MSc. Human Nutrition, MSc. Forestry, MSc. Ecosystems science and Management, Master of Natural Resources for Sustainable Agriculture, MSc. Wildlife Management, Master of Veterinary Medicine, MSc. Comparative Animal Physiology, MSc. Biochemistry, MSc. Clinical Chemistry, MSc. Pharmacology, MSc. in Applied Toxicology, MSc. Anatomy, Master of Applied Cell Biology, MSc. Veterinary Pathology, MSc. Clinical Pathology, MSc. Applied Microbiology, MSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, MSc. Parasitology, Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, MSc. Public Health and Food Safety, MSc. Epidemiology, MSc. Veterinary Surgery, MSc. Applied Veterinary Anesthesiology, MSc. Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology MSc. One Health Molecular Biology and Master of Rural Development.

The University offers PhD programmes by research in areas of specialization and PhD by coursework and Research in Soil and Water Management.

In-service programmes[edit]

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in collaboration with faculties, centers and other institutes offers short-term in-service programmes to field and operational staff as well as training and extension services to farmers and community leaders. It also coordinates outreach programmes.


  1. ^ "Register of Universities" (PDF). Tanzania Commission for Universities. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Regional body gives anti-mine rats project nod". Archived from the original on 17 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ "University Profile". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Sokoine University of Agriculture Faculty of Veterinary Medicine". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  5. ^ University, International Studies & Programs at Michigan State. "Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development | Michigan State University - Partners". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 


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