The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) was established on 1st July 2005, under the Universities Act (Chapter 346 of the Laws of Tanzania) to succeed the former Higher Education Accreditation Council which had been in operation since 1995. It is a body corporate mandated to recognize, approve, register and accredit Universities operating in Tanzania, and local or foreign University level programs being offered by registered higher education institutions. TCU also coordinates the proper functioning of all university institutions in Tanzania so as to foster a harmonized higher education system in the country. In order to ensure that such a harmonious higher education system does not compromise institutional peculiarities and autonomy, each University has the legal right to operate under its own charter.
Conducting periodic evaluation of universities, their systems and programs so as to oversee quality assurance systems at the universities and in the process leading to new institutions to be registered to operate in Tanzania, and the existing the institutions to be accredited, and validation of university qualifications attained from local and foreign institutions for use in Tanzania.
Ensuring the orderly performance of the Universities and the maintenance of the set quality standards, by providing support to universities in terms of coordinating the admission of students, offering training and other sensitization interventions in key areas like quality assurance, university leadership and management, fund raising and resources mobilization gender aspects in university management and gender mainstreaming, etc.
Advising government and the general public on matters related to the higher education system in Tanzania, including program and policy formulation on higher education, and the international issues pertaining to higher education. It is my expectation that TCU will receive your maximum support in implementing its mandate and make University education contribute to the development of the country in general
To be a world-class higher education regulatory agency supporting systematic growth and excellence of university education in Tanzania
To promote accessible, equitable and harmonized quality university education systems that produce nationally and globally competitive outputs
a) Improved quality assurance management systems
b) Improved equitable access and coordination of student admission
c) Improved student enrolment in science related programmes
d) Enhanced internal and external linkages and university support systems
e) Improved ICT resources and higher education management information systems
f) Established permanent TCU office premises
g) Enhanced diversification of sources of funding
h) Improved staff development activities, welfare and working environment
i) Enhanced mitigation against the HIV/AIDS pandemic