Message from the Vice Chancellor

Professor William-Andey Lazaro Anangisye

Professor in Education

I am delighted to invite students, researchers, academicians and other interested stakeholders to the University of Dar es Salaam and its various campuses. We have more than 35,000 students of whom 5,000 are postgraduate and 300 are international. Our research programmes range across all disciplines be it agriculture, education, engineering, health, sociology, economics and laws. The university is keeping very close to wide interest within Tanzania and internationally to ensure relevance of our academic programmes and the continued excellence of the teaching, research and public service.

The University of Dar es Salaam is a unique community of students and staff dedicated to bringing out the best in all its members. Our aim is to provide the best possible environment for teaching, learning research and public services, and our track record of success is well known in East Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. Since its establishment it has been at the forefront of nurturing leaders of the country and the African region. We will continue to ensure that our students’ years at this University will be filled with excitement and treasurable experiences. We also recognize that the quality of student experiences derives from more than academic study. As the oldest and prestigious university in Tanzania, we are doing our best to make sure we offer excellent teaching and high quality programmes and researches.

Our mission is to advance the economic, social and technological development of Tanzania and beyond through excellent teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. University, committed to creating conducive environment that makes it increasingly relevant to national and global development. We are also at the interface of national and international higher education innovations and initiatives especially in linking the University with the national socio-economic development goals. That is why the University encourages students to join and actively participate in activities of the Students’ Union and use the various sports and recreational facilities available including swimming pool, cricket, athletics, soccer fields, bird watching and multifunctional gym. Also there are several shopping, dining, health and standard accommodation facilities in the campus and in the vicinity.  These will enable students, staff and visitors realize full potential in the university life that derives to hope, confidence and satisfaction; hence motivated to become an agent of change to build a prosperous society in Tanzania, Africa and the world at large. 

We are not only proud of the uncountable relationships we have with the international community, industries and research organizations, but also, we take pride in our current students and alumni, and we believe that every new student supplements our legacy of academic distinction.

For our students, I strongly encourage you to focus on your studies.  You have a responsibility of ensuring the maintenance of the environment, the learning infrastructure and all the premises.  You are welcome to contact my office any time if you have anything that calls for my attention.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Dar es Salaam.


Prof. William A. L. Anangisye