University of Dar es Salaam


Established in 1970, the University of Dar es Salaam is the largest university in Tanzania. The University is, by and large, still the leading University in Tanzania in terms of repute and demand. It has the largest pool of professors and PhDs, the highest enrolment of postgraduate students, and is a major source of the workforce for the other Universities in the country. Academics at the university are regularly called upon to participate in formulating policies and guidelines that are critical in paving strategies for the achievement of important national and regional goals; are widely represented in many organizations’ Boards as non-executive directors and committee members having been invited to participate due to their expertise in their areas of specialties; and have been appointed to lead in government-related positions.

The University of Dar es Salaam is one of the eight flagship universities in Africa along with Ibadan, Ghana, Nairobi, Botswana, Cape Town, Eduardo Mondlane, Makerere, Mauritius, and Nelson Mandela. The university is also a member of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). Through these positive associations, the university will influence the uptake of PedaL in other leading universities on the continent. At the local level, the University has 15 graduate training programmes in the social sciences which will anchor PedaL and facilitate replication to other programmes within the university, and to other universities in Tanzania. The University of Da es Salaam also offers a signature pedagogy through the Uongozi Institute Program that has together students from the University of Dar es Salaam, University of Nairobi, Makerere University and students from North American Universities to develop leadership skills successfully. Graduates have taken up leadership positions within the continent and abroad. In Uongozi, students are exposed to a series of lecture panels hosted by leading intellectuals and officials from the public service sector, the private sector, and the civil society sector. They also undertake field trips to several educational field sites. Partners will work collaboratively to integrate these elements into PedaL.

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