The University of Bukoba


  The original concept for a university for the Kagera Region was borne from a penury of higher education facilities in the region in contradiction to the conducive environment and climate for education.
1994 Professor T. L. Maliyamkono, Executive Director of the Eastern and Southern African Universities Research Programme (ESAURP), approached Professor Michael Hodd, a Senior Economist at the University of Westminster, UK, over the idea for the establishment of a University in Bukoba. 
April 1996 Mr. Isaya K. M. Bakinikana was appointed the Project Administrative Officer.
1998 The University was established under the Provisional Charter.
May 1998 The trust deed was registered by the government.
October 1999 The University opened for classes, housed temporarily at the Bukoba Youth Centre (ELCT Nyumba ya Vijana).
November 1999 The University Council began operation.
July 2001 The University moved into its administrative offices in the former immigration building.
August 2001 Renovations began on the new campus buildings at Kyanyi.
July 2001 The University adopted its Ten-Year Corporate Strategic Development Plan.


  • The University of Bukoba successfully completed two years of academic studies in eight departments.

  • In addition to regular classes, the University has completed workshops and short courses in Information Technology and English.

  • Syllabi and course materials have been developed in preparation for the new academic year based on experience from previous semesters.

  • Research and consulting in conjunction with the University has been initiated in areas such as coffee production, information technology and environmental issues.

  • Renovations of the buildings at the new campus have progressed considerably.

  • The University has developed partnerships and support from a number of Tanzanian and international organisations.

Future Plans

The University's primary planning document is "A Ten Year Corporate Strategic Development Plan For The University Of Bukoba", drafted in July 2001, to cover the 2000/2001-2010/2011 academic years.


Areas that still need more work by the owners, and the management of the University, include:

  • Establishment of sources of adequate funds to run the University

  • Acquisition of adequate, new, and appropriate course and reference books

  • Recruitment of more qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff because of insufficient funds to recruit them.

  •  Procurement of funds to reconstruct the Kyanyi buildings to establish science laboratories, a computer room, a library room, and lecture and office rooms.  Some T.Shs. 400 million is required for reconstructing part of the site.

  • Procurement of T.Shs. 150 million with which to buy the Kyanyi site.  Long before he offered the site for use by the University for 5 years, rent-fee, Mr. M. Njumba had written to the Board to ask them to buy the site at T.Shs.150 million.

  • Procurement of funds to offer scholarships to the academically able but financially poor students.

Short-Term Plans

  •  Acquisition of funds from the Tanzania Coffee Board for researching on coffee development in Kagera Region.  T.Shs.2.5 million has been received as part of Tshs. 10 million needed for this project.

  •  Reconstructing some of the rooms at Kyanyi to establish an environmental science laboratory. Tshs. 20 million has been granted by CIDA (Canada) to works realisation of the laboratory.

  • Reconstructing some 3 lecture rooms; 1 computer room; 10 staff offices and 1 Library room in order to enable the University community to move to Kyanyi. (This work has been done by 11 local contractors.)

  •  Acquisition of adequate funds to enable the Board of Trustees to continue establishing and running the University.

  • More recruitment of qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff members.

Long-Term Plans

  • Establishment of firm and viable sources of adequate funds to run the University.

  • Acquisition of more land for use by the University for establishing colleges, institutes and schools in other districts of Kagera Region.

  • Introduction of new programmes in fisheries management, agriculture, environmental science, and mining.

  • More establishment of co-operation and exchange of programmes, staff and students with other higher institutions of learning.

  • Establishment of more and firm relationships with NGOs and special groups of development-loving people with whom we believe will be of special benefit to the University through various ways.

  • Completion of construction works on the Kyanyi buildings; and erecting new buildings at the same site.

  • Purchase of the Kyanyi site.

  • More recruitment of qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff members; and students.


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