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ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY

OF TANZANIA

P.O. Box 307

Mwanza, Tanzania

  

General Information Bulletin

  


 

 

 

Fax: 255-028-2550167, 2500575

Telephone: 255-028-2550560, 2552725, 2550166

e-mail: saut@maf.org

Internet: http://saut.ac.tz.tripod.com

 

 ST. AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY

OF TANZANIA

 

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 former Nyegezi Social Training Institute (1960-98).  While retaining the Advanced Diploma and Certificate courses, SAUT inaugurated its degree programmes with the B.A. in Mass Communication, moving on to the Bachelor of Business Administration in 1999, with further Bachelor's and Master's programmes planned 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 backgrounds.

 

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 Health Administration, leading to Bachelor's degrees, Advanced Diplomas and Certificates.  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  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.

 

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.  BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

This three-year course, which began in 1999, has specialisations in Accounting and Finance, Marketing Management,  Human Resources Management and Materials Management. It combines academic and professional training, while seeking to integrate accountancy, marketing and mangement skills in broad areas of business decisions and planning in organisations and government.  Research and ethics figure prominently in this programme.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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 NBAA'S Professional Level III examinations.

 

5. 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 NBMM'S professional Stage III examinations.

 

6. CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTANCY

 

This one-year course is a broad-based programme to train students in book-keeping, basic accounting, and related fields.

 

7. CERTIFICATE IN  HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

 

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

 

8. CERTIFICATE IN JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES

 A nine-month or one year course requiring at least three of the following segments: news and computers, broadcasting and media education, media in society, media in developing countries.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

Bachelor's 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 areas -- is essential for success in these fields.  Bachelor's candidates also require an adequate level of grades at the A-level.

 

In place of A-level certification, candidates with an O-level certificate with passes in five approved subjects may possess a recognized certificate such as the Accounting Technicians Certificate (ATEC), National Book-keeping Certificate (NABOCE), National Store-keeping Certificate (NSC) -- or equivalent certificate – in most cases with 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, in most cases with relevant work experience.  In both the above cases, admission will involve a personal interview and will require an entrance examination.

 

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.

 

Applicants 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 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.  Basic annual fees for tuition, room  and board for 2000-2001 are: For Tanzanian students: 1.4m Tshs for the Bachelor's degree, 920,000 Tshs for the Advanced Diploma, and 860,000 Tshs for Certificate courses. For students from outside Tanzania, annual fees for tuition, room and board for 1999-2000 are: $6,000 for the degree programmes and $5,000 for other courses. 

 

For priests, religious and lay persons unable to pay the fees, who will be engaged in work for the Church and are sponsored by their Catholic bishop or religious congregation, if other funding is not available, a portion of the fees for the Advanced Diploma and Certificate courses may be paid from scholarship funds through appropriate application. The remainder of fees and other costs, however, must be paid privately or by a sponsor.

 

Further Information

Acceptances and joining instructions are normally sent out  March through July.  Orientation for all new students is held at the end of September and classes begin in early October.  For application forms or further information, please contact:

 

Admissions Office

St. Augustine University of Tanzania

P.O. Box 307

                                                                     Mwanza, Tanzania                  (revised 12-00)

 

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