Sokoine University of Agriculture

The history of Sokoine University of Agriculture dates back to 1965 when it started as an Agricultural College offering diploma training in the discipline of agriculture. With the dissolution of the University of East Africa and the consequent establishment of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in July 1970, the College was transformed into a Faculty of Agriculture of UDSM and thereby started offering Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

The Vision of the university is “To become a center of excellence and a valued member of the global academic community in agriculture and other related fields with emphasis on implementing practical skills, entrepreneurship, research and integration of basic and applied knowledge in an environmentally friendly manner”. The vision is guided through the mission, which is “To promote development through training, research, extension, provision of services to the public and private sector in an environmentally friendly manner”.

SUA is currently offering 20 undergraduate and 33 postgraduate programmes in agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine, environmental sciences and allied disciplines. To date, SUA is the only university, amongst 34 universities and university colleges in Tanzania that offers degree programmes in the broad field of agriculture. On the other hand, MUCCoBS offers non-degree, Bachelor and postgraduate programmes in the disciplines of cooperative and business studies. SUA’s main research objective is to provide leadership in basic and applied research in order to generate science evidence knowledge and innovations that respond to contemporary and emerging needs. SUA thus emphasizes that research becomes linked to development and societal issues.

Research, outreach and consultancy services are driven by trained agricultural and natural resource manpower base that comprises 452 academic staff, out whom 50% have PhD qualifications. Research capacity at SUA is further enhanced through collaborative research projects, which are supported by more than 50 memoranda of understanding. Currently, there are a number of ongoing research projects.