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University of Dar es Salaam

World University Rankings 2023
Impact Rankings 2022
Young University Rankings 2020
P.O. Box 35091, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

About University of Dar es Salaam

The University of Dar es Salaam was established in 1961 as an affiliate college of the University of London. It then became an affiliate of the University of East Africa (UEA) in 1963, shortly after Tanzania gained independence from the United Kingdom.

In 1970, UEA was split into three different independent universities: Makerere University in Uganda, the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the University of Dar es Salaam.

The public university has grown to accommodate 19,650 students, 17,098 of whom are undergraduates, with some 2,550 postgraduates. There are 1,045 academics staff and 1,023 administrative staff.

The university has five campuses in and around the city of Dar es Salaam and operates academically through 10 faculties, some of which are exclusive to specific campuses.

The main campus, called Mlimani (meaning "on the hill" in Swahili), is located 13km west of Dar es Salaam city centre and is home to the basic faculties of education, arts and social science, and science. The Nkrumah Hall, a building on the Mlimani campus, is featured on the back of the Tanzanian 500 shilling bill.

The Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication provides the university with its fifth campus.

The university has a three-tier organisational structure in the form of the central administration; colleges/schools/institutes; and departments. The university’s aim is to become a leading centre of intellectual wealth, spearheading Tanzania’s and Africa’s quest for sustainable and inclusive development.

Notable alumni include multiple former presidents and prime ministers of Tanzania and many other politicians of other African nations, as well as Asha-Rose Migiro, former deputy secretary general of the United Nations.

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Key statistics

  • 24.8
    No. of students per staff
  • 0%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 44 : 56
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 37,385
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at University of Dar es Salaam

  • Arts & humanities

    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Architecture
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Archaeology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Physical sciences

    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Life sciences

    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Biological Sciences
  • Business & economics

    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Law

    • Law
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Education

    • Education
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Social sciences

    • Geography
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry