University of Bagamoyo [UB] is new, independent, privately established and non partisan university owned by two institutions; Tanzania Legal Education Trust (TANLET) and The Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC). Steps towards UB establishment were taken in a modest style on 31st January 1987 when a nongovernmental institution called Tanzania Legal Education Trust (TANLET) was established. This was a trust for achieving through education; inter alia, a free, national democratic society based on the principles of social equity and social justice.
TANLET created a legal and human rights project in 1994 which eventually resulted to the establishment of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC). In 2006 TANLET Board made a deliberate decision to establish training institution that would promote legal education in Tanzania. On 17th October 2007 TANLET informed the LHRC of its intention to establish a new University at Bagamoyo with a view to providing integrated formation to young Tanzanians.
On the 7th August 2009 the LHRC unanimously endorsed the University of Bagamoyo project and decided to participate in its establishment as co-owner. On 28th January 2010 UB registration Application was lodged at the Tanzania Commission for Universities. On 15th February the Council of the Prospective University of Bagamoyo held its inception meeting. Between 22nd and 23rd February 2010 the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) Accreditation Inspection Team conducted 1st accreditation inspection of UB facilities at Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo. UB’s main campus shall be constructed at Kiromo, Bagamoyo. According to UB’s Five years Rolling Strategic Plan, teaching will start at Dar es Salaam campus