University of Arusha

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University of Arusha
Chuo Kikuu cha Arusha  (Swahili)
Former names
Tanzania Adventist College
Motto Wholistic Human Development
Type Private
Established 2006 (2006)
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Matiku
Address P.O. Box 7, Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania, Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania
Coordinates: 3°19′5″S 36°52′15″E / 3.31806°S 36.87083°E / -3.31806; 36.87083
Campus Rural

University of Arusha (UoA) is a chartered private Christian university based in Usa River, Tanzania.[1] It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[2][3][4][5]


The University of Arusha is accredited by the following:

1.Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Mary- land, 20904, USA.

2.Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), P.O. Box 6562, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Tel. No. (+255) 22 277 2657.

Programs and Course Offerings[edit]

Graduate Programs

•Master of Arts in Educational Management and Leadership

•Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction

•Master of Business Administration in Finance & Accounting

•Master of Business Administration in Marketing & Entrepreneurship

•Master of Business Administration in Human Resources & Strategic Management

•Post Graduate Diploma in Education

Undergraduate Degree Programs

•Bachelor of Arts in Theology

•Bachelor of Arts in Religion

•Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

•Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

•Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

•Bachelor of Business Administration in Office Administration & HRM

•Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with Education

•Bachelor of Education (options in any of the following ): English, Kiswahili, Geography, History, Religion, BED Accounting

Diploma Programs

•Diploma in Theology

•Diploma in Commerce & Accounting

•Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management

•Diploma in Office Administration & HRM

•Diploma in Business Information Technology

•Diploma in Procurement and Supplies Management

•Diploma in Education

Certificate Programs

•Certificate in Theology

•Certificate in Business Information Technology

• Certificate in Records Management

• Certificate in Sales Marketing Management


In 1970, the Tanzania Union Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church found it necessary to establish a ministerial training institution for its workers. It was located at Ikizu, 65 kilometers southeast of Musoma town. In 1975, the Tanzania Union Mission combined the Adventist School of Health Evangelism (ASHE) at Heri Hospital in Kigoma and the ministerial course at Ikizu. This consolidated institution was then transferred to a new site at Usa River, 24 kilometers from Arusha town, and was named Arusha Adventist Seminary (AAS).

In 1978, AAS was upgraded to a college status and named Tanzania Adventist Seminary and College (TASC). In 1992, the name was changed to Tanzania Adventist College (TAC) and the ministerial course was replaced by a two-year diploma program in theology. In 1996, TAC was affiliated to Griggs University in the USA. Under this affiliation, TAC offered BA in Theology and Religion. In 1998, the affiliation shifted from Griggs University to the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) in Kenya. Under this affiliation, TAC offered BA in theology and reli- gion, BBA in accounting and management and diploma courses in education and business. Apart from the affiliation with UEAB, TAC was also a teachers‘ college under the then Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC). Under the MEC Registration Number S. 401, it offered diploma in education, diploma in secretarial science, and certificate in secretarial science.

In early 2003, TAC began the process of being a University. In September 2003, it was granted a Letter of Interim Authority (LIA) by the then Higher Education Accreditation Council (HEAC) of Tanzania, now called the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU). Under the LIA, TAC was authorized to carry the name the University of Arusha. In September 2004, HEAC granted the University of Arusha (UoA) a certificate of Provisional Registration No. 016. In the year 2006, the University of Arusha became fully licensed and accredited by Tanzania Commission for Universities as a graduate university. In 2009, the University of Arusha submitted the first four graduate programs to the TCU for accreditation in education and business.

The Graduate School with its programs in business and education started in November 2010 in Arusha City. Under the School of Education, the following concentrations are offered: (a) MA in educational management and (b) MA in curriculum and instruction. The Faculty of Business also offers three areas of concentration and they are as follows: (a) MBA in finance and accounting, (b) MBA in strategic marketing and entrepreneurship, and (c) MBA in strategic human resource.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Register of Universities" (PDF). Tanzania Commission for Universities. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 

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