The University of Bukoba

Ownership and Government

Being a community-based institution, the University is owned by the people of Kagera Region through the registered Board of Trustees. The institution is governed by the University Council, which took its position in November 1999.


The University was visited for the first time in April 1999 by the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) of the Higher Education Accreditation Council (HEAC), an institution of the Tanzanian Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Additional visits were made in January 2000, January 2001, and May 2001. As a result of the TEC's first visit, the Board of Trustees was issued a Letter of Interim Authority (LIA) on 28th May 1999, authorising the Board to  proceed with the establishment of the University. At the expiry of the LIA, the Board should expect to acquire the Council's Certificate of Provisional Registration (CPR), being the second stage level of the institution's recognition by the HEAC.

Sources of Income and Expenditures

Sources of income include student tuition and fees, training fees, and financial and other support from sponsors and donors.

Expenditures include building purchases and renovations, staff salaries, and repayment of debts.

Sponsors and Donors

In addition to the fee income, the University expects financial support from the following:

  • District Councils in the Kagera region

  • The co-operatives, especially 

    • the Kagera Co-operative Union (1990) Ltd.)

    • Karagwe District Co-operative Union (KDCU Ltd.)

    • Biharamulo Co-operative Union

  • Levies on consumer goods (such as beer, cigarettes and fuel) that will be sold within the region.

  • Personal contributions

  • CIDA/PSU grant for conducting an environmental research

  • Tanzania Breweries Limited for setting up sports and recreational facilities and establishment of Degree level studies in Fisheries

  • District Rural Development Programme (DRDP)

  • The University has established relations with a number of other groups and individuals outside the region, including:

    • Computers for Africa (charity established by Balerno High School, Scotland)  - 25 computers have been received

    • University of Connecticut with the assistance of Fr. Justinian B. Rweyemamu of the Buguruka Orphans Community for Economic Development (BOCED)

    • Hartwick College, USA - 4 computers have been received; plus a promise of staff exchange.

    • University of Westminster.

    • University of Dar es Salaam - for computer expertise.

  • The University has established fund-raising chapters in Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Bukoba, Arusha and Nairobi.

  • The University has secured sponsorships for 11 students:

    • The Dar es Salaam friends of the University: 8 students

    • The Tanzania Women's Union (U.W.T.): 3 students

Additional organisations that could help include

  • The Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • The Centre for Development and Environment of Switzerland)

Needs and Opportunities

The University of Bukoba strives to focus its research and development efforts on the needs of the local community which supports it.

The Kagera region is experiencing various types of hardship and needs assistance in many areas, including

  • education at all levels, pre-primary to post-secondary

  • business management and administration

  • economic development

  • information technology

  • care, awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS

  • health services

  • local government

  • conflict prevention

  • environmental management and protection

Existing income-generating crops such as coffee and food staples such as bananas and maize need to be researched in terms of economic viability, productivity and processing methods.

To diversify and expand its capabilities beyond subsistence agriculture and existing cash crops, the Kagera region needs to develop small-scale industries. Promising areas of research and development include:

  • mining 

  • fisheries 

  • new cash crops and their suitability to the region 

The Kagera region needs to research its untapped potential for generating income through recreation and tourism. Possible areas of development include:

  • boating and sport fishing

  • restaurant and hotel management

  • a golf course

  • a regional cultural and historical museum


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