Box 307 Mwanza
Guide to the University
to St. Augustine University of Tanzania! Thank
you for your visit. We hope
you’ll feel right at home. Use
this guide to take a tour of the University.
Just stop and ask if you start to lose you way.
A Tour of St. Augustine University
As you tour our two campuses, stop and say hello to some of our staff or students. They’ll be happy to give you directions or more background on our school.
St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) is mainly its people. They’re the ones that give life and meaning to our whole institution. The students have come from all over East Africa—280 of them from the Sudan to Malawi—to get a good education and learn how to use it for the benefit of others.
The 35 full-time faculty have joined St. Augustine because they believe in its values and have, to a great extent, incorporated them into their own lives. The administration and staff have come from near and far to create a strong university to serve the needs of society and the Church in East Africa.
As you read these words, you’re probably standing in the area outside the Academic Block. Straight up the stairs in this building you’ll find the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Academic Dean Fr. Ted Walters), the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, and the Heads of the Departments of Accountancy and Materials Management.
To your left is the University Chapel, where Holy Mass is celebrated each morning at 6:50 (later on non-class days). On a path leading down from the Chapel is the Main Library, which has about 10,000 books covering the courses taught on this campus. In the buildings behind you are the Admissions Office, the Consultancy and Research office, the Moslem prayer room, and numerous faculty offices.
If you’re still standing here, you’re probably getting tired. Why not take a seat near one of the big boulders? You’ll see them all around this campus. Most of the buildings are constructed on top of them and the flowering trees and shrubs grow around them. They were thrown up on this property hundreds of thousands of years ago when huge rocky formations just a kilometre away were cast up from the earth to form new sections of Lake Victoria. The builders of this 15-acre campus decided to use the rocks to build on, giving this property the distinctively rugged appearance that you see.
Now look to your right. You’ll see two sets of stairs leading up at crazy angles to the Administration Block above. In the far left corner is the Vice Chancellor’s office. Working under the Chancellor (or Board Chairman), the Vice Chancellor is the CEO in overall charge of the University. Fr. Deogratias Rweyongeza has held this office since 1992. To his right is the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Fr. Peter Mwanjonde, followed by the Accounts Office, and the offices of the Estate Manager, the Bursar and Cashier. Finally, just before you come to the second flight of stairs, is the Telephone Operator’s room.
the Nyegezi Campus
Next to the Accounts Office is a passage (watch your step!) leading to the satellite dish and the building that houses the Corporate Counsel & Registrar.. Beyond that lie two blue-painted buildings where the Theresian Sisters and the Mabinti wa Maria live, who teach and assist in other functions on campus. If you follow the path past the Mabinti wa Maria house, you’ll come finally to the Vice Chancellor’s residence, the prototype of the “house built on rock” that the rains will have a difficult time ever washing away!
In other parts of this campus, you’ll come across the classrooms for students in the Bachelor of Business Administration course, the Advanced Diploma in Accountancy and Materials Management courses, and the Certificate priogrammes in Accountancy and Health Administration. There are numerous hostels for men and for women, the dispensary, cafeteria, and the computer centre. Nearly all SAUT students decide to live on campus to be near the classrooms and library, but some commute from town or find accommodations in the vicinity of campus.
On to Malimbe!
If you have transportation, be sure to drive down to the large Malimbe campus, just one kilometre away, where all the Journalism and Mass Communication students live and their classes are taught. Turn left at the Nyegezi campus gate and proceed along past the Nyegezi Seminary entrance, down the hill to Malimbe. Then stop a minute and look around. You’ll see a lot of buildings that were constructed in the 1970’s when this was an agricultural institute, many of which need to be repaired.
Journalism and Broadcasting
Turn left and you’ll be passing the Journalism library and the carpenter shop on the left. Then you’ll see the Radio SAUT 96.1 platform and the 16-meter tower alongside the radio station (the light blue painted building). If the radio station is open, take off your shoes, announce your presence, and ask someone to show you around. To the right of the station is the Photo Lab, and to the left we will putting the television studio and editing room. To the right of this road is a garden (with a swimming pool behind!) and the Student Activities Centre.
Continue down the road almost a kilometre more and you’ll come to the men’s and women’s hostels, the students’ cafeteria, the Malimbe dispensary, and the future chapel. Take a moment and walk around; it’s a nice area. Stop and talk with our students; they’re very friendly.
When you resume your tour, you may choose to continue on and circle the Malime property. (Be sure you have a sturdy car!) You’ll come on some 300 acres of land that will be cultivated for food and income. In general, turn right and you won’t get lost! Pass by the huge rice paddies, the pumping station for the irrigation system that draws water from Lake Victoria, and the farm buildings, which will be renovated and used for animals and storage.
When you leave the hostel area, you may prefer instead to return to where you first came into the Malimbe campus. When you get there, turn left and go down to the classroom area and the Malimbe computer centre. The Journalism office is there; stop in an say hello.
All around this campus you’ve seen houses where our workers and their families reside. Most SAUT faculty members live on this campus or on the main road leading to the Nyegezi campus. Be sure to introduce yourself and get a warm Karibu! in return. That’s the spirit of St. Augustine University.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour. Give some thought to attending classes at St. Augustine. You or your family will enjoy a whole new experience.
God bless you,
and come back soon!
Fr. D. Rweyongeza, Vice Chancellor
St. Augustine University of Tanzania
P.O. Box 307
255-028-2552725, 2550560, 2550166
St. Augustine University of Tanzania, like its
predecessor, the Nyegezi Social Training Institute, is
located 10km south of Mwanza, on the road to Nyegezi and Malimbe that branches
off from the main Mwanza-Shinyanga highway.