Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) is a higher learning institution with its main campus located in the village of Magamba, 8 km north of Lushoto town, in the centre of the Usambara Mountains, in Tanga Region, Tanzania. On 28th October 2007, the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania opened what came to be the first University in Tanga region, Sebastian Kolowa University College (SEKUCo) of Tumaini University (now Tumaini University Makumira). In October 2012, SEKUCo was transformed into a full-fledged University known as Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU).
SEKOMU was started with a purpose: to train people who will have the intellectual, practical, emotional and spiritual readiness of serving the society, starting with those who are at the bottom of the social pyramid. The aim is to prepare teachers, educators, administrators, lawyers, natural resource managers, engineers, health workers, entrepreneurs, researchers and other professionals who will, in carrying out their duties, have an eye for the unseen and an ear for the silenced.
Named after the first African Bishop of the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Kolowa, SEKOMU hosts over 1400 students. The University has academic and non-academic staff members committed towards serving the students and shaping them into well groomed professionals ready to serve and empower people stigmatized by various forms of disabilities.
Vision and Mission
Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University’s academic business is guided by the university’s vision and missions as well as the Corporate Strategic plan (2019-2023), the latter that spells out plans in keeping with university’s core missions and functions as well as the need to remain competitive.
SEKOMU Vision Statement:
The Vision of the university is “to be a leading African institution of higher learning that fully recognizes and actively professes the human value and dignity of all society members, including people with disabilities, and whereby everyone is able to learn and live in harmony with God, fellow human beings and all creation”.
SEKOMU Mission Statement:
The vision is guided through the mission, which is “to provide High Quality University Level Education that produces graduates who can integrate the Needs, Rights and Potentials of People with different abilities into a holistic perspective of life and creation in various fields of expertise, building upon traditional knowledge simultaneously as we open creative ways for new and constructive innovations”