“Wisdom is freedom”: the oldest University in Tanzania looking at the future
The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is the oldest and premier public university in Tanzania. It is situated 13 kilometers on the western side of the city of Dar es Salaam, occupying 1,625 acres on the observation hill, famously known as Mlimani in Kiswahili.
It was established on 25th October 1961 as the University College Dar es Salaam (UCD), an affiliate college of the University of London.
In 1963, it became a constituent college of the University of East Africa together with Makerere University College in Uganda and Nairobi University College in Kenya, to become a full-fledged university on 1st July 1970 through Act of Parliament No. 12 of 1970.
Ever since UDSM has grown in terms of student intake, academic units, research capability and academic programmes. It has two constituent colleges: the Dar es Salaam University College of Education located in Dar es Salaam and the Mkwawa University College of Education, located in Iringa.
USDM has 5 campus colleges (including College of Natural and Applied Sciences – CoNAS and College of Agricultural Sciences & Fisheries Technology), 4 Schools, 5 Institutes (including the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) and a workforce of about 3,366 employees.
Researches are carried on in the fields of Climate change (Vulnerability, Resilience, research and leadership Capacity building); Fisheries and seaweed/See power Waste management (Solid microplastics); Tourism and conservation; Renewable energy; Education/Capacity building; Natural resource (land, forest, wildlife, coastal and water resources).
For the CONTAN Project some courses are particularly relevant, as Biodiversity Conservation, Applied Botany, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Assessment & Management, Climate Change & Ecosystems.
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