CUHAS Historical Background
Word from Prof. Jacob P. Mtabaji - MBChB, PhD, Vice Chancellor,
The declaration made by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) in 1994 marks the initial thought to establish
a Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences at Bugando. The Decision to establisha medical school was
based on the need for the Catholic Church to contribute to the training of more professionals in the
country’s health sector
The declaration made by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) in 1994 marks the
initial thought to establish a Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences at Bugando. The Decision to
establisha medical school was based on the need for the Catholic Church to contribute to the training of more
professionals in the country’s health sector. The School was established as a Constituent College of the Saint
Augustine University of Tanzania in the name of the Bugando University College of Health Sciences; later named as
the Weill Bugando University College of Health Sciences. The Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences-
Bugando (CUHAS-Bugando) therefore replaces the Weill Bugando University College of Health Sciences and becomes the
second university of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference.
The University retains its location in the premises of the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza.
Its location at BMC remains most appropriate because this 870-bed teaching, referral, and consultant hospital also belongs to the
Catholic Church, and serves about one third of country’s population. It provides space and faculty for clinical training of
its students with the six regions of Tanzania around Lake Victoria providing the catchments area.
Vision, Mission and Values of the University
The Vision of the University is to "become an outstanding Tanzanian Catholic University excelling in
training, research, and health care; while remaining responsive to societal needs".
It is guided by
- To provide skilled and competent human resources that is vested with moral and ethical values;
- To search, discover and communicate the truth;
- To advance the frontiers of knowledge;
- Provide quality services to the individual and community.
The Values of the University are those that enhance equity, non-discrimination in access education,
ethical and professional standards, academic freedom and excellence and foster its catholic identity.
Growth of CUHAS-Bugando
CUHAS-Bugando, as a Constituent University College of SAUT, became operational in September 2003. It was
granted a Certificate of Interim Authority (CIA) on the 28th March 2002 and a Certificate of Provisional
Registration (CPR) on 27th March 2003. By 2005 the College was firmly established and accorded full
registration status by the Tanzania Commission of Universities (TCU). The Commission at its 53rd
meetingapproved a request from SAUT to transform the College to a full-fledged university and granted
CUHAS-Bugando a Certificate of Full Registration.
At its inception it was envisaged that it would be organized in faculties, institutes and directorates.
In 2009/2010 it decided to go into a school mode and therefore established four schools: The Weill Bugando
School of Medicine (which replaces the Faculty of Medicine), A School of Pharmacy, the Archbishop Anthony
Mayala School of Nursing, and a School of Public Health. The new Schools had their first intake in
the Academic Year 2010/2011.The Institute of Allied Health Sciences was established within the Bugando
University of Health Sciences in 2006/2007.
The University started with a modest intake of 10 MD students. Enrolment into the MD programme increased
gradually but is now capped at 150. In 2010/2011 The University launched three new undergraduate programmes
in Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences and in Nursing Education.CUHAS-Bugando now provides training for
nearly 1,120 students enrolled in the undergraduate, post-graduate and paramedical programs.