THE University of Dar es Salaam is proud of producing competent and highly respected leaders who took part in the struggle for liberation and later leading African governments.
Being the centre of progressive intellectuals, the academic institution has produced a number of leaders in Africa.
They include Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, former South Sudan President John Garang, former DRC President Laurent-Désiré Kabila, former President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Donald Kaberuka, and many others.
The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof William Anangisye, told the ‘Daily News’ in an exclusive interview yesterday that the university has kept a clean-sheet record in producing great leaders who have participated in liberating the continent.
He said the university was proud of all leaders who have been serving in government and that those who have been appointed from academic institutions include those from the University of Dar es Salaam.
Prof Anangisye said the appointment of academicians from the University of Dar es Salaam to various top directorial and political posts does not affect the varsity’s performance in any way and pointed out that it proved its strength before the world.
“This university produces quality graduates and has competent staff; therefore, appointing some of them to various posts is a great thing for us and for the nation at large; we are very proud of them,” he noted.
The UDSM boss stated that it had more than 1500 academic staff and that appointing a few of them can not affect its performance.
“This university employs more than 1500 academic staff, and we are grooming others every year, therefore appointing some does not affect our performance in anyway,” said Prof Anangisye, adding: “The best lawyers in East Africa were produced from this university; it is obvious, everyone agrees that its contribution cannot be undermined,” he further explained.
Some of appointed academicians from the University of Dar es Salaam to the fifth phase government include the Foreign and East African Cooperation Minister, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Prof Kitila Mkumbo, BoT Governor, Prof Florens Luoga, CCM Secretary General, Dr Bashiru Ally, Ambassador Dr Benson Bana and many others in various managerial posts.
Prof Anangisye said the best lawyers were trained at the University of Dar es Salaam, which was affiliated to the University of London and that it was awarding degrees through external programmes.
About the UDSM The University of Dar es Salaam started in 1961 as a College of the University of London.
In 1963 it became a Constituent College of the University of East Africa. It was formally established in August 1970, as a National University, through the University of Dar es Salaam Act number 12 of 1970.
It was established with three main objectives, namely to transmit knowledge as a basis of action, from one generation to another, to act as a centre for advancing frontiers of knowledge through scientific research; and to meet the high level human resource needs of the Tanzanian society.
In 1961, the University started with the Faculty of Law. It expanded over the years with the establishment of the numerous Faculties and Institutes.
It established a number of Colleges, some of which were later evolved into independent fully-fledged universities.