ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA



HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:



IT WAS BACK IN 1960, as the winds of change were sweeping across Southern Africa, that Bishop Blomjous of Mwanza encouraged the White Fathers to establish an educational centre at Nyegezi, ten kilometers South Mwanza. Specializing in journalism, accountancy, and community development, the Nyegezi Social Training Centre would educate personnel to undertake positions of leadership in the countries of East and Central Africa that were to achieve their independence during the coming years. Since that time, Nyegezi has sent more than 2,300 graduates into the service of government, business, religion, the media and other institutions. It continues today to graduate some 100 professionals each year. What better foundation on which to build a new university?

ESTABLISHMENT:

ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA (SAUT). Established in 1998, offers the challenge of strong academic degree programmes in a scholarly atmosphere, preserving at the same time the sense of community and personal concern that characterized the Nyegezi Social Training Institute (1960 - 1998. While retaining the Advanced Diploma and Certificate courses. SAUT inaugurates its degree programmes with the B.A. in Mass Communication, moving on to the Bachelor of Business Administration in 1999 and further Bachelor's and Master's programmes in subsequent years. The University attracts students from Tanzania and elsewhere, particularly the countries of East and Central Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi and Burundi. SAUT admits students of all religious background.

LOCATION:

THE UNIVERSITY EXTENDS over 600 acres on two campuses in the Nyegezi-Malimbe area 10.5 km South of Mwanza municipality. Lying 3-4 km off the main Mwanza-Shinyanga road, on the shores of Lake Victoria, the University is a half-hour's ride from Mwanza by car or bus. As part of Tanzania's Northern highlands (1140m above sea level), the area to the east of Lake Victoria is noted for its temperate climate. Mwanza can be reached from other parts of Tanzania and East Africa by train, air, ferry and highway.

STATUS:

ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA is an independent higher-learning institution governed by the University Council under the Catholic Bishops of Tanzania (Tanzania Episcopal Conference or TEC) and is operated with close attention to the requirements of governmental and relevant professional bodies. During the coming decades, the University will incorporate constituent colleges in Moshi and Songea, and at the Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

THE UNIVERSITY CURRENTLY SPECIALIZES in five professional areas of study: Journalism (both print and Broadcast). Mass Communication, Accountancy, Materials Management, and Hospital Administration, leading to Bachelor's degrees, Advanced Diplomas and Certificates. Conscious of man's orientation toward God and neighbour and fostering an ethical and service-oriented approach in its academic and professional training. St. Augustine fulfills its goal of preparing persons well equipped to contribute to the ideals of social, economic and political development. The University also sponsors short courses and seminars and provides consultancy and research services.

ORGANISATION AND STAFF:

DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS of St. Augustine University are directed by the Vice Chancellor, who works closely with the Administration and Finance Officer, Academic Officer, Deans of Faculties and Heads of Departments. Members of the Academic staff come from a wide area of East Africa, Europe, India and America. Teaching and examinations are conducted in English.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES:

1. BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MASS COMMUNICATION

A three-year course emphasizing a broad academic approach to media studies and how the media function in society. Besides learning and specialised training in the print media, broadcasting, or public relations, students are challenged to explore critical questions, engage in extensive research, and examine areas of planning and media management.

2. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM

This three-year course is designed to produce professionally competent media personnel who may be employed as news reporters and editors, press officers, broadcast personnel, public relations officers, social communications coordinators, or specialists in related fields.

3. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTANCY

A three-year course providing high level education in professional Accountancy. Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NBA'S professional Level III examinations.

4. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

A three-year course that offers high level education in the field of Materials Management. Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for the NBM'S professional Stage III examinations.

5. BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

This three-year course, which begins in 1999 with a specialisation in Accounting and Finance, moves on in 2000 to specialisations in Marketing and Human and Material Resources Management. It combines academic and professional training, while seeking to integrate accountancy, marketing and management skills in broad area of business decisions and planning in organisations and government. Research and ethics figure prominently in this programme.

6. CERTIFICATE COURSE IN ACCOUNTANCY

A one-year course to train students in basic accounting techniques.

7. CERTIFICATE COURSE IN HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION

A one-year course to provide trainers with sufficient knowledge and expertise to administer small to medium-size hospitals and other health facilities

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For the Bachelor's Degree and Advanced Diploma Programmes

Candidates must have completed Advanced Level Education with at least two principal passes at an appropriate level, after completing the O-level with passes in five approved subjects, including English and Mathematics as well for students in Business. A strong background in English and Mathematics in the Business area is essential for success in these fields.

In place of A-level certification, candidates may possess a reorganized certificate such as the Accounting Technicians Certificate (ATEC), National Book-keeping Certificate (NABOCE), National Store-keeping Certificate (NSC) - or equivalent certificate - and adequate working experience. In Journalism and Mass Communication this must be an approved Diploma or one-year Certificate of not less than Second Class/Credit Level from a recognized institution.

Candidates from countries with an 8-4-4 system of education should point that out in their application. Their admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature age candidates 25 years or older will be considered if they possess an Ordinary Level Certificate with at least five passes and three credits in approved subjects, including English Language, with relevant work experience of not less than four years. In both the above cases, admission will involve a personal interview and will require and entrance examination.

For Certificate Courses

Candidates must have an Ordinary Level Certificate with at least three credits, two of which must be in English and Mathematics.

For All Courses

Competence in spoken and written English is essential for all students seeking admission to the University. In specific cases, this competence must be demonstrated in a personal interview or aptitude test.

Applications to St. Augustine University are accepted for a specific course, which may not be changed after admission.

Note: A more detailed statement of entry requirements for particular courses will be furnished upon request.

OTHER INFORMATION

FEES

Students from Tanzania may live on campus or in the Mwanza Nyegezi area. Women's housing has been increased by the opening of a new hostel for 48 women. Annual fees for tuition, room and board for 1998-99 are: For Tanzania students: 1.4m Tshs. for the Bachelor's degree, 900,000 Tshs for the Advanced Diploma and 860,000 Tshs for Certificate course. For students from outside Tanzania, annual fees for tuition, room and board for 1998-99 are: $ 5,600 for the degree programme and $ 5,000 for other courses.

For priests, religious and lay persons sponsored by their Catholic bishop of religious congregation, if no other funding is available, the fees for the Advanced Diploma and Certificate courses may generally be paid through a generous grant from the German Bishop's Misereor fund. Their other fees and costs, however, must be paid privately or by a sponsor.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Acceptances and joining instructions are normally sent out in March and April. Orientation for all new students is held the last full week of August, and classes begin the following Monday. For application forms or further information, please contact the

Admission Office

St. Augustine University of Tanzania

P.O. Box 307,

MWANZA, TANZANIA

Tel. 00/255/068/550560 E-Mail

saut-nyegezi@sukumanet.com