University of Dar es Salaam

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is a Public University and the oldest higher learning institution in Tanzania. It was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London and in 1963 it became a Constituent College of the University of East Africa. UDSM was formerly established in August 1970, as a National University. The vision of the UDSM is to become a leading Centre of Intellectual Wealth spearheading the Quest for Sustainable and Inclusive Development and it is guided by the mission of advancing the economic, social and technological development of Tanzania and beyond through teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. The UDSM has three constituent colleges (two for education and one for health), six campus colleges at the Mlimani Main Campus, five schools, five specialized academic Institutes, nine Directorates, twelve Centers (including Korean Studies, Chinese Studies, Indian Studies Centers), four Bureaus, four Service units and one Company.

 

Among the highly active departments, is the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, under the College of Social Sciences, which can facilitate the HaB 2.0 program. The department has experienced researchers and academics and it offers quality training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in sociology, anthropology, social work and psychology disciplines. The department also hosts Society and Religion Research Center (SORRECE) and has been keen in the establishment and formalization of The Africa-Asia Research Platform (A-ARP), which will bring together the UDSM faculty and graduate students from across the university with scholars from different parts of the world to identify key areas for research, theoretical and practical interventions and knowledge production and exchange (and/or sharing).

 

Through HaB, we envisage collaboration with African colleagues such as the University of Ghana, Université Gaston Berger. Beyond Africa, we hope to build long term ties with Kyoto Seika University, Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University, Ambedkar University Delhi, Leiden University (the IIAS), Northern Illinois University, and El Colegio de México. With these partners, we seek to form collaborative strategies to achieve the program’s pedagogical and institution building objectives.

 

We propose educational and research interventions framed through universal themes such as those of practice, place, word and food. These can be done through the analysis of trends or debates reflecting their interwoven political, economic, environmental and cultural characters. We see these interventions as long-term capacity building efforts taking the form of faculty and students exchanges, workshops and conferences, teaching and outreach partnerships.

 

Contact persons:

Dr. Mathew Senga, Senior Lecturer and currently Research Grant Coordinator of the University of Dar es Salaam

Prof. Razack Lokina, Acting Principal of College of Social Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam