ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY
FACT SHEET 2001/2002
Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) is located 10 km south of Mwanza, 3 km
off the Mwanza-Shinyanga road. Business
programmes and administrative offices are on the 15-acre campus in Nyegezi. Journalism courses are located on a 570-acre
campus in Malimbe, the former location of MATI, the Government agriculture
are 38 full-time faculty and four part-time. Eight have PhDs and seven are on
study leave working for their Doctorates or Master’s degrees.
students attend SAUT, of whom 365 are Tanzanians and 39 are from other
countries of East Africa and India. 210
students live on the Malimbe campus and
184 on the Nyegezi campus. Ten students reside off campus or commute
from town. Students of all religious
backgrounds attend the University.
Augustine University of Tanzania has two Bachelor’s programmes: in Business
Administration (BBA) and in Mass Communication (BA in Mass Communication). In
addition to Advanced Diplomas in Accountancy and Journalism, SAUT has one-year
Certificate programmes in Accountancy, Health Administration, and Journalism
and Media Studies.
Vision and Mission
Conscious of man’s
orientation toward God and neighbor and fostering an ethical and
service-oriented approach in its academic and professional training, St.
Augustine University works to prepare persons well equipped to contribute to
the ideals of social, political and economic development. It stresses research into the problems of
society. The University places special
emphasis on making quality higher education available to talented students from
has residential facilities for 440 students, two dining halls, two chapels, two
libraries, two computer centers, two
canteens, a dispensary, classrooms and faculty offices. With the help of generous donors, the 100 or
so buildings left by MATI on the Malimbe campus will gradually be renovated for
use as classrooms, faculty housing, additional hostels, and studios for radio, television,
photography, and computer use.
Radio SAUT 96.1 FM
University radio station, from its lofty tower atop Nyegezi Hill, broadcasts to
hundreds of villages and towns within a 100km radius. Its purpose is to extend SAUT’s educational service beyond the
campus to countless listeners who would otherwise not benefit from their
proximity to the
The station also serves as the radio outlet for the Archdiocese of
Mwanza. Radio SAUT is operated by St.
Augustine University students, under supervision of the teaching staff, as a
valuable part of their training in journalism and broadcasting.
is owned by the Bishops of Tanzania, the Tanzanian Episcopal Conference (TEC),
and operates under a 13-person Council made up of religious and lay
members. The 10-member Academic Senate
is responsible for approving new academic initiatives.
the President of TEC is the Chancellor and the Archbishop of Mwanza is the
Pro-Chancellor, the day-to-day running of the University is in the hands of the
Vice Chancellor, Fr. Deogratias Rweyongeza.
He is assisted by two Deputy Vice Chancellors and other officials.
was established in 1998 on the foundation of the Nyegezi Social Training
Institute (NSTI), which was founded in 1960 by the Missionaries of Africa
(White Fathers). NSTI passed into the
hands of TEC in 1975, and twenty years later the Bishops decided to convert
NSTI into a university. More than 2,500
students from Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and
Zambia had graduated from NSTI by 1998.
received its Letter of Interim Authority from the Tanzanian Higher Education
Accreditation Council in 1997, Provisional Registration in 1998,
and the Certificate of Full Registration on 4th
May, 2000. The University was
inaugurated at Kawekamo by the Prime Minister with full ceremonies on 27th
operates on a tight budget of 564m Tshs per year. This is used to pay the salaries of lecturers and staff, maintain
the campus and its facilities, provide
for students’ needs, transport costs, health needs, and normal expenses.
of new facilities and renovation of existing buildings depends on grants from individuals
and from the business community in Mwanza and elsewhere.
SAUT is dedicated to the education of competent students even from families of
meager resources, the University depends on scholarship funds to give deserving
students this opportunity. Both NSTI
and SAUT have been able to provide scholarship assistance with substantial help
from Misereor, a German funding agency, and generous grants from the Italian
Bishops Conference and the Diocese of St. Pölten in Austria.
“Friends of the University”
a continuing flow of scholarship funds is needed for students for whom
sufficient grants are not available.
These funds are supplied by donors who wish to collaborate in the
educational mission of the University.
They are known as “Friends of the University.”
is building a Scholarship Endowment Fund of 5 million dollars, from which the
annual interest will be used for the education of needy students. Persons who wish to help build up this fund
may contribute at any time, or they may include the “Scholarship Endowment Fund
of St. Augustine University of Tanzania” in their wills.
Besides funds for scholarship
help and building renovation, SAUT has the following equipment needs: