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Background and Core Functions

The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) is a body corporate established on the 1st July 2005, under the Universities Act 2005 (Chapter 346 of the Laws of Tanzania) with mandate to recognise, approve, register and accredit Universities operating in Tanzania, and local or foreign University level programmes being offered by registered higher education institutions. It also coordinates the proper functioning of all university institutions in Tanzania so as to foster a harmonised higher education system in the country.

The Tanzania Commission for Universities succeeded the former Higher Education Accreditation Council (HEAC) which was established in 1995 under the Education Act 1995 with a legal mandate to regulate the establishment and subsequent accreditation of private university institutions in the country. Being limited only to private universities, such mandate was considered unfavourable for the promotion of a viable public-private partnership in higher education as stipulated in the National Higher Education Policy of 1999.

Therefore, such circumstances prompted the government to establish a harmonized higher education system in the country which led into the establishment of the Tanzania Commission for Universities. In order to ensure such a harmonious higher education system does not compromise institutional peculiarities and autonomy, each University has the legal right to operate under its own charter.

The mandates and core functions of the Commission are provided under section 5(1) of the Universities Act Cap. 346. These functions can be clustered into the following three major areas.

Regulatory Function

To conduct regular and impromptu periodic evaluation of universities, their systems and programmes so as to regulate the quality assurance systems at new and established universities and in the process, institutions are registered and accredited to operate in Tanzania. TCU also validates and evaluates programmes to ensure their credibility for recognition of university qualifications attained from local and foreign institutions for use in Tanzania.

Advisory Function

To advise the government and the general public on matters related to higher education in Tanzania as well as international issues pertaining to higher education, including advice on program and policy formulation and other best practices.

Supportive Function

To ensure the orderly conduct of university operations and management adherence to set standards and benchmarks, by providing support to universities in terms of coordinating the admission of students, offering training and other sensitisation interventions in key areas like quality assurance, university leadership and management, fund raising and resources mobilisation, entrepreneurial skills and gender mainstreaming. TCU News

Online Services

The Tanzania Commission for Universities offers some of its services online. Below are the online systems used to deliver online services to its stakeholders:-

  • Universities Information Management System (UIMS)

This is an online system for managing information for accredited Universities operating in Tanzania. The system is used to collect, process and disserminate information to TCU stakeholders. The information managed includes Undergraduate admission data, student’s enrolment, graduates, staff, student’s drop-outs, University facilities, infrastructure details and revenue and expenditure data. To access the system click  here.

  • Programme Management System (PMS)

This is an online system used by University Institutions to submit curricula for review /approval before being operational. The system is also used by TCU to approve and publish approved carricula. To access the system click here.

  • Foreign Awards Assessment System(FAAS)

This is an online system used by Tanzanians/Non-Tanzanians with foreign awards to submit their awards to TCU for evaluation. To access the system click here.

Undergraduate Admission Guidebooks

Basing on the set entry requirements for different entry modes, the Tanzania Commission for Universities prepares Undergraduate Admission Guidebook with the list of all Undergraduate programmes offered by all Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania. Below are the Guidebooks with entry requirements for the two entry modes:-

Undergraduate Admission Procedures

The application and admission process require an applicant to apply directly through respective institution of one’s choice. Programmes on offer and specific entry requirements for the programmes are available through websites of individual institutions. TCU News 

Prospective applicants are required to lodge their applications to institutions of their preference and all admission procedures shall be accomplished by the institution and announcements of successful applicants shall be done by the respective institution.

To understand the admission procedure click here.For all admission  querries please contact respective institution

Undergraduate Admission Transfer

As provided in Sections (12) (2) (a) (b) (c) of the Universities Act Cap. 346 of the laws of Tanzania read together with regulation 31 (2) (3) (4), the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) is mandated to coordinate admissions to Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs) in Tanzania. According to Section 5(1) (f) the Universities Act Cap.346 grants TCU the mandate to establish transfer procedures for students wishing to transfer from one university to another and from one programme to another. TCU News

In view of its obligation, TCU issued procedures for handling  first year and continuing students transfers which were in operation since 2016/17 academic

University Institutions operating in Tanzania

Accreditation is a process of validation in which Colleges, Universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. In Tanzania accreditation means an institution has met or exceeded minimum standards of quality. For any institution to be accredited the Commission must be satisfied that the institution concerned has adequate physical, human and financial resources, viable academic programme and sound structure of governance.

According to the Universities Act, Cap. 346, the Commission is mandated to recognize and register all University institutions operating in Tanzania. Todate the Commission has registered 43 university institutions. To view the list click here.

Accreditation of Universities is done in two stages namely;  Proviisional Licence and Certificate of Accreditation;  The process also involves Chattering which is granted by the President as evidence that the University meets the requirements and standards of academic excellence set by the Commission.

  • A Provisional Licence is a preparatory stage for issuance of Certificate of Accreditation. At this stage the institution is required to develop physical infrastructure, prepare administrative and academic policies, develop curriculum, establish governance structure and employ academic staff. An institution holding a Provisional Licence is not allowed to admit students. An institution holding Certificate of Accreditation has full autonomy in the administration of its academic affairs and can confer awards in its name.
  • However, before 2013 the process of accreditation of institutions included the third stage which is Certificate of Full Registration (CFR). A holder of CFR  has well developed internal quality assurance system hence is allowed to admit students. TCU News 

Accreditation of a University Institution

There are two steps to establish a University institution in Tanzania. Step one is application for Provisional Licence and step two is application for Certificate of Accreditation. The Provisional Licence is valid for  three years, renewable once.

The procedure requires the institution/organization or an individual wishing to establish a University Institution in Tanzania to submit a formal application (in English) to TCU accompanied by a duly filled in TCU Form No. 1  as well as the following documents:-

  1. Three copies of project write up for the proposed university;
  2. Evidence of basic facilities for development of the proposed university;
  3. Title deed or offer in the name of the proposed university or such other evidence on title to the proposed facilities;
  4. Master-plan for the long-term development of the proposed university;
  5. Implementation plan in related to  the submitted master-plan;
  6. Draft curricula for the initial programmes and the proposed fee structure thereof;
  7. The draft charter using the model charter to be obtained from the Commission;
  8. The details about the applicant showing clearly the proposed location of the proposed university as well as other details as shall be determined by the Commission

Please note that non refundable application fee for local investors is TZS 3,000,000 (three million shillings only) and foreign  investors is $ 3,000 payable in advance.

The Provisional Licence Holder who met the conditions thereof  may apply for Accreditation using TCU Form 9.

Ten step by step  to be followed in establishing a new university are indicated in the diagram below:

institution accreditation procedure


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