What are the Background of The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU)

Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) was established on 1st July
2005, under the Universities Act (Chapter 346 of the Laws of Tanzania)
to succeed the former Higher Education Accreditation Council which had
been in operation since 1995. It is a body corporate mandated to
recognize, approve, register and accredit Universities operating in
Tanzania, and local or foreign University level programs being offered
by registered higher education institutions. TCU also coordinates the
proper functioning of all university institutions in Tanzania so as to
foster a harmonized higher education system in the country. In order to
ensure that 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 roles of TCU


periodic evaluation of universities, their systems and programs so as
to oversee quality assurance systems at the universities and in the
process leading to new institutions to be registered to operate in
Tanzania, and the existing the institutions to be accredited, and
validation of university qualifications attained from local and foreign
institutions for use in Tanzania.


the orderly performance of the Universities and the maintenance of the
set quality standards, by providing support to universities in terms of
coordinating the admission of students, offering training and other
sensitization interventions in key areas like quality assurance,
university leadership and management, fund raising and resources
mobilization gender aspects in university management and gender
mainstreaming, etc.


government and the general public on matters related to the higher
education system in Tanzania, including program and policy formulation
on higher education, and the international issues pertaining to higher
education. It is my expectation that TCU will receive your maximum
support in implementing its mandate and make University education
contribute to the development of the country in general

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