This Is St John’s Of University of Tanzania
Here are some details about us:
- Our beginnings
- Our academic units today
- Our envisioned graduate
- Our vision, Mission, Objectives and Core values
- Our Christian identity
- Our philosophy of higher education
At the Synod of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) in 1999, the then Archbishop of the Anglican Church, Donald Mtetemela, articulated the importance of establishing a university to provide higher education in certain academic disciplines through which the Church would contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty, hunger and disease and thus improve Tanzania’s life expectancy. Subsequently, St John’s University was established and incorporated under a Charter as prescribed by Tanzania’s Universities Act of 2005 and as amended.
Through St John’s University ACT provides good education in line with the Church’s view that such education is an essential form and means of witnessing the love of God to mankind and spreading the Gospel of peace. Through Christian higher education, the Church is contributing to the labor force persons who are highly competent, characterized by personal integrity and committed to serving humankind.
On the 10th September 2007, some 811 students commenced studies at SJUT, pursuing bachelor degrees in education, nursing, pharmacy, and business administration in several specializations. From this promising beginning, today, St John’s University has grown to well over 5,000 students.
Besides the Chief Mazengo Campus, at Kikuyu, Dodoma, SJUT has other teaching and learning locations: a rented facility in down town Dodoma, St Mark’s Centre, Dar es Salaam, and Msalato Centre, Dodoma. Located in Dodoma, the seat of both Government and Parliament, SJUT will definitely have unique intellectual, research and spiritual influence for the country. The conditions of economic and social poverty in Dodoma and central Tanzania in general present the University with both the challenge and the opportunity to contribute to the transformation of the area through its academic programmes, research and community engagement activities.
Our academic units today
SJUT offers highly competitive academic programmes through the following faculties, schools, institutes, directorates and centers:
- Faculty of Humanities and Education (FAHE) produces among the most sought-after high school teachers in the country for both science and art subjects.
- Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences (FaNAS) produces highly competent high school Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics teachers, as well as skilled agricultural personnel.
- Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies (FOCB) produces competitive accountants and specialists in financial management, human resource management, marketing, procurement and supply, health systems management, and teachers in these subjects.
- School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPH) is one of the strongest in the country, producing pharmacists, pharmaceutical technicians and even medical dispenser technicians.
- School of Nursing (SONU) is the largest degree enrolment and also one of the strongest in the country, producing well trained nurses equipped to serve as nurses or as senior leaders in the nursing profession.
- School of Theology and Religious Studies (SOTR), producing graduates in theology but combining with such subjects as management, community development, and education.
- Directorate of Graduate Studies (DGS), Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Centre for Information Communication Technology (CICT), Directorate of Library Services, and the Centre for English Language Teaching.
The university confers various certificates, diplomas, postgraduate diplomas, bachelors degrees and masters degrees. Currently the University has one PhD program, which is in history.
Our envisioned graduate
St John’s University envisions to produce graduates who are relevant for the future. As such, Graduates of St John’s University:
- Will be well rounded, strong both in knowledge and competences.
- Will be fit and able to work and live in any part of the globe as good citizens.
- Driven by a vision for a transformed society, they will be critical thinkers, and good role models in society, reflecting a Biblical worldview in all aspects of life.
- Will be confident, eager to work, knowledgeable, passionate, and able to work in teams.
- Will be able to work within multicultural and multinational work environments.
- Will be equipped to respond to the real needs of the society and with transferrable competences.
- Will be effective communicators, leaders, emotionally intelligent, entrepreneurs and job creators and not only job seekers.
Our vision, Mission, Objectives and Core values
The vision of St John’s University is to become a Christian university of global standards developing humankind holistically to learn to serve God and society. Thus, St John’s University of Tanzania aspires to be a significant global player in the provision of quality higher education from a Biblical worldview.
The university’s mission is expressed in the three pillars: provide high quality education and training, conduct research and consultancy services, and engage with community taking its rightful stature in the public space.
Among its objectives, the university will play an important role in:
- providing opportunity for innovative teaching, learning, research, consultancy, and community engagement;
- providing opportunities for continuing education for enhancement of labor productivity;
- promoting intellectual, cultural, scientific, theological and technological developments.
- establishing mutually beneficial and durable links with institutions of higher learning around the world.
- encouraging students to play an active role in national and social welfare activities in and outside the university.
Our Core Values are Biblical Christianity, Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Standards, Excellence, and Service.
Our Christian identity
St John’s University of Tanzania is chartered as a Christian university. The University seeks to contribute uniquely to society by providing higher education from a Biblical worldview. In keeping with its Christian identity, the University is committed to always conducting its operations guided by values and principles that are consistent with the Holy Bible in its orthodox interpretation.
Besides its emphasis on integration of faith and learning, the university offers a variety of spiritual development programs for the entire University community, including daily morning prayer, chaplaincy services, prayer and fellowship for various groups, and a weekly one-hour Community Chapel. All employees and students of the University are expected to participate in the Community Chapel, during which time teaching-learning activities, meetings, or any other office work are not allowed.
Doing official business on campus, center or location of St John’s University on Sunday is not allowed, unless, in exceptional cases, by permission of the Vice Chancellor.
Our philosophy of higher education
St John’s university has a particular philosophy of higher education. First, we hold the view that to learn is to become, as a result of the knowledge acquired. We consider a person to have learned if and when the person responds appropriately to the knowledge he has acquired, leading to a growing alignment of the person’s understanding, his personal values and beliefs, and his behaviour. Therefore, the chief goal of higher education is the transformation of the learner.
Second, we hold the view that excellence, not mediocrity, is fundamental to transformative education. As such, everyone at St John’s University is called upon and expected to be a true learner – to be a critical thinker and to undertake research into the most critical issues both theoretical and practical, in order to inform life and facilitate living. Everyone is exhorted to dare to dream research that could possibly alter the contours of knowledge to the largest scale imaginable.
And third, we hold the view that for learning to take place, the student has to be a dedicated partner in the learning journey. As such, learning is a partnership between students and academics, administrators and support staff. The notion that students are customers and clients of a university introduces the unfortunate view of the otherness of students to the university instead of viewing them, rightly, as an integral part of the university and stakeholders in its destiny.
We are always keen to learn to serve!