University of Dar es Salaam

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University of Dar es Salaam
Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam  (Swahili)
University of Dar es Salaam Logo.png
Former names
University College, Dar es Salaam
Motto Hekima ni Uhuru  (Swahili)
Motto in English
Wisdom is Freedom
Type Public
Established 1970 (1970)
Vice-Chancellor Rwekaza Mukandala
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 19,650
Undergraduates 17,098
Postgraduates 2,552
Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Coordinates: 6°46′50″S 39°12′12″E / 6.78056°S 39.20333°E / -6.78056; 39.20333
Campus Urban
Affiliations AAU, ACU, IAU

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is a public university in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.[1] It was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. The university became an affiliate of the University of East Africa (UEA) in 1963, shortly after Tanzania gained its independence from the United Kingdom. In 1970, UEA split into three independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the University of Dar es Salaam.[2]


In 2012, the University Ranking by Academic Performance Center ranked the University of Dar es Salaam as the 1,618th best university in the world (out of 2,000 ranked universities).[3]

In 2013, AcademyRank ranked the university as the 2,965th best university worldwide (out of 9,803 ranked universities) but the best of the 16 ranked in Tanzania, with the Sokoine University of Agriculture in second place.

In 2012, the Scimago Institutions Rankings placed the university in 3,021st place worldwide (out of 3,290 ranked institutions), 57th in Africa, and second in Tanzania behind the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. This ranking is based on the total number of documents published in scholarly journals indexed in the Scopus database by Elsevier.[4] Based solely on the university's "excellence rate", the university was ranked 16th out of 62 universities in Africa in 2011. This rate "indicates which percentage of an institution's scientific output is included into the set formed by the 10% of the most cited papers in their respective scientific fields. It is a measure of high quality output of research institutions".[5]

In July 2012, Webometrics ranked the university as the 1,977th best university worldwide based on its web presence (an assessment of the scholarly contents, visibility, and impact of the university on the web) but the best in Tanzania, with the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University far behind in second place.[6]


The university has five campuses in and around the city of Dar es Salaam and operates academically through ten faculties, some of which are exclusive to specific campuses. For example, the College of Engineering and Technology campus houses the faculties of mechanical and chemical engineering, electrical and computer systems engineering, and civil engineering and the built environment. The faculty of humanities and social sciences is active in the Mkwawa University College of Education campus and also in the Dar es Salaam University College of Education.

The main campus, called Mlimani (meaning "on the hill" in Swahili), is located 13 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam city center and is home to the basic faculties of education, arts and social science, and science. In addition, four specialist faculties – informatics and virtual education, law, commerce and management, and aquatic science and technology – have been established there. The Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication provides the university with its fifth campus.[7]

Nkrumah Hall, a building on the Mlimani campus, is featured on the back of the Tanzanian 500 shilling bill.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • G.K. Helleiner. Prof. G.K. Helleiner is a well-known Canadian international economist who spent his professional career at the University of Dar es Salaam
  • Francis Matambalya. Prof. Francis Matambalya is a well known African scholar in the area of International Trade. Apart from the University of Dar es Salaam, he has worked at Bonn University in Germany, and been a visiting scholar at a number of the Universities in Europe and the United States. In 2010, he took up the position of a Lead Researcher on International Trade at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, SWEDEN. Amongst his outstanding recent publications are: 'African Industrial Development and EU Cooperation: Prospects for a Reengineered Partnership' (2015, Routledge).
  • Molly Mahood, Professor of English from 1954 to 1963
  • Walter Rodney Guyanese scholar and politician, and author of the classic book "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa". The late Rodney held a PhD in African History in 1966 at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the age of 24.
  • Justinian F. Rweyemamu (28 September 1942 – 30 March 1982) was a Harvard Graduate and Tanzania’s first major economics scholar. Considered by many as one of the most outstanding representatives of the post-independence African scholars, he was also a pan-Africanist, political strategist, and international civil servant.
  • Yash Tandon. He holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (1961). He completed his PhD in international relations, again at the London School of Economics, in 1969. Tandon is a former head of the South Centre (previously, the South Commission)



  1. ^ "Register of Universities" (PDF). Tanzania Commission for Universities. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the University of Dar es Salaam - Background". University of Dar es Salaam. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". 
  4. ^ "SIR World Report 2012: World Ranking" (PDF). Scimago Institutions Rankings. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "SIR World Report 2011:: Africa Supplement" (PDF). Scimago Institutions Rankings. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Tanzania, United Republic of, Ranking Web of Universities, Webometrics
  7. ^ "University of Dar es Salaam". 

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