University of Dar es Salaam

THIS UNIVERSITY, Tanzania’s oldest, began life in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. It had only one faculty – Law – with 14 students. In 1963 it was merged with Makerere University College in Kampala (Uganda) and Nairobi University College in Kenya to form the University of East Africa. Then in 1970, the University of East Africa was
unbundled and the University of Dar es Salaam became independent and autonomous.

Since inception (in 1961) the institution has shown steady growth, both in student numbers and academic programmes. Today, the university has five campuses in and around the city of Dar es Salaam and operates academically through ten faculties, some of which are exclusive to specific campuses. For example, the College of Engineering and Technology campus houses the faculties of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, as well as Civil Engineering and the Built Environment. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is active in the Mkwawa University College of Education campus and also in the Dar es Salaam University College of

The main campus, situated on a rolling hillside 13 km to the west of downtown Dar es Salaam, is home to the basic faculties of Education, Arts and Social Science, and Science, which are also active on the other campuses. In addition, four specialist faculties – Informatics and Virtual Education; Law; Commerce and Management; and Aquatic Science and Technology – have been established there. The Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication provides the university with its fifth campus.

Academic and research staff on all campuses total over 1 300, with 80 percent holding doctoral degrees, but with less than a quarter of them women. Research output in 2006/07 amounted to 353 publications in accredited journals (more than 80 percent in international journals) and
the publication of 22 books.

Facts and Figures at a Glance1

The University of Dar es Salaam has a total of 18,100 students, the majority of whom are full-time students. There are no distance students and only 115 students study part-time. The majority (17,916) are national citizens and the remainder (184) are international students from outside of the SADC region.

Table 1: University of Dar es Salaam - Summary of Enrolment Numbers (Actual data, 2006/7)2


Number of students enrolled per level of study

Major Field of Study

Total Number of Students (Headcount)

Under- graduate degree/ diploma Post-graduate degree/ diploma Masters Degree Doctoral Degree Other qualifications (short courses, certificates etc.)
Science, Engineering & Technology 3,307 3,037 48 788 4 0
Business, Management & Law 3,432 2,834 6 1,102 6  598
Humanities and Social Sciences 4,556 4,556 6 615 5  0
Health Sciences 1,779 1,779 12 113 3  0
Other (Architecture, Land Use, Planning, and Management) 1,261 1,261 0 0 0  0
Other (Occasional College of Education) 3,765 3,765 10 286 3  0
TOTALS 18,100 17,232 82 2,904 21 0

Source: University of Dar es Salaam questionnaire response

Table 2: University of Dar es Salaam: Academic and Research staff (Actual data, 2005-6)

Major Field Of Study

Total Number (headcount)

Science, Engineering & Technology 317
Business, Management & Law 92
Humanities and Social Sciences 374
Health Sciences 217
Other (Architecture, Land Use, Planning, and Management) 156
Other (Occasional College of Education) 167
TOTALS 1,323

Source: University of Dar es Salaam questionnaire response

[1] All data presented in this section is headcount data.
[2] Still to be verified, as total disagrees with main total.