ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY
P.O. Box 307
B.A. in Mass
255-028-2550560, 2552725, 2550166
ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY
St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT)
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 former Nyegezi Social Training Institute
(1960-98). SAUT inaugurated its
Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication in 1998 and will move on later to a
Master's degree as well as other programmes.
At the same time, the University retains the Advanced Diploma courses in
Journalism, Accountancy, and Materials Management as well as its Certificate
courses; a new one-year Certificate course in Journalism and Media Studies was
begun in 1999. The University attracts students from Tanzania and many other
areas, particularly the countries of East and Central Africa: Kenya, Uganda,
Zambia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi and Burundi. SAUT admits students of all religious backgrounds.
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.
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) 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.
Conscious of man's orientation
toward God and neighbor and fostering
an ethical and service-oriented approach
academic and professional training,
St. Augustine fulfils 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.
ORGANIZATION 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, Australia and America. Teaching
and examinations are conducted in English.
B.A. IN MASS COMMUNICATION
This three-year course emphasises a
broad academic approach to media studies and how the media function in society.
Students are challenged to explore critical questions, engage in
extensive research, and examine areas of planning and media management.
Areas studied, either as core subjects or electives:
Writing for Mass
Media and Society
Philosophy and Logic
News Reporting and
Public Relations and
Human Rights and
Video Reporting and
and Media Ethics
and Political Science
Religion, Christianity, and Islam
Students choose to specialise
in Print Media, Broadcasting, or
Public Relations. Since the
Public Relations and Advertising course is taken in second year, students
specialising in that area will also have a good foundation in reporting and
broadcasting before moving on to the Advanced Public Relations course in third
throughout the programme and students take several courses in research
methodology. During the second
course they prepare the research proposal for their thesis, which is based on
original data and is written and defended during third year.
The Bachelor's degree course
provides extensive professional training
in news reporting, editing and production, or in radio production and
broadcasting, or in public relations and advertising, so that graduates are
prepared for professional employment as well as for media research, planning and
Among the outstanding
opportunities offered Mass Communication students at St.
Computer Centre facilities with Internet
publishing of The SAUT Times
the new University radio station Radio
SAUT at FM 96.1 MHz
and analog production studios
audio interview equipment
equipment for on-site production
library resources in mass communication, print media, broadcasting, public
relations and related fields
Students may choose
live on campus or off campus in the Mwanza-Nyegezi area.
Those residing in the University hostels on the Nyegezi or Malimbe campus
take their meals in the SAUT dining halls, have ready access to classes and the
library, the chapels,
dispensary, offices, computer centres and studios, playing
fields and on-campus activities. However,
there is regular bus service allowing students to commute to and from Mwanza. Wherever they reside, students are expected to observe the
student code of regulations.
Candidates must have
completed O-level education with passes in five approved subjects, including
At the A-level, two Principal passes in appropriate subjects at the same
sitting, with a total of five (5) points or more based on the scale:
Two Principal passes in appropriate subjects not at the same sitting,
provided they are of C level or higher,
An appropriate equivalent Diploma or Certificate of not less than 2nd
Class/Credit Level and approved by the Academic Senate.
Candidates from countries with an 8-4-4 system of education should point
that out in their application. Decisions
on their admission will be made on a case-by-case basis and will normally
involve a personal interview and entrance examination.
Mature age students (25 years or older)
must have obtained at least five (5) passes and three credits in approved
subjects, including English—and Maths for business students--in their Ordinary
Level education. If they attended
A-level education, it must have been at least five years before starting at SAUT.
They must pass examinations in English and General Knowledge and, ideally, will
have four or more years working experience in a relevant field.
Strong competence in
spoken and written English
will be expected from all candidates for
the B.A. in Mass Communication. In
specific cases, this competence must be demonstrated in a personal interview or
Applicants to the
University are accepted for a specific course, which ordinarily is not changed
All students are
expected to acquire computer skills in word processing and other appropriate
computer programmes at the University's Computer Centre, which has skilled
instructors and is equipped for Internet and desktop publishing.
University is engaged in creating library resources of significant benefit to
students and faculty. During the
past few years, the library has been enriched by the acquisition of hundreds of
recent books in fields covered by the courses in Journalism, Mass Communication,
Broadcasting and Public Relations, bringing total holdings to approximately
Annual fees for
tuition, room and board for the
Bachelor's degree for 2000-2001 are: 1.4m Tshs for Tanzanian students and $6,000
for students from outside Tanzania.
deadline for receiving completed applications is 31st December, but later
applicants can often be accommodated. Joining instructions are normally sent out
March through May. Orientation for
all new students is held in mid-August and classes start the following Monday.
with photocopies of educational certificates and other required materials,
should be sent to the Admissions office through the candidate's sponsor
(including bishop or major religious superior), whose signature and stamp should
be affixed. For application forms or further information, please contact the
St. Augustine University
P.O. Box 307