In 1995 Tumaini University, Iringa University College was founded, originating as Iringa Lutheran College and Seminary. In 1997 it began offering University Certificate, Diploma, and Degree programmes. It operated as University College for eighteen years and was distinguished as being the first private university in Tanzania. Graduates from this University have become prominent throughout the country in Lutheran ministry, law, and business. In addition, Tumaini is well represented in the national Ministries of Education, the Arts, and others. Tumaini graduates figure with importance throughout Tanzanian industry. Many have continued on to post-graduate degrees in Europe, America, and other African nations and are distiguishing themselves internationally.
On 25th October 2013 Iringa University College became the full-fledged University of Iringa (UoI). The University has six departments/faculties and offers multiple courses of study in each, certificates, diplomas, bachelors’, and post-graduate degrees. It is under the aegis of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The University boasts a highly trained and experienced academic staff from Tanzania and countries across the globe. It enjoys close ties and support from the USA, Finland, Germany, and various other foreign countries.
To provide quality training, research and service delivery that will lead to sustainable socio-economic development for Tanzanian, the region and beyond.
The vision of the University of Iringa is to become a centre of excellence for training competent, competitive, ethical, spiritual and entrepreneurial leaders and for quality research and public service of a third generation University.
In order to realize the vision and fulfill its mission, the University of Iringa shall be guided by the following values:
- Fear of God in all respects and aspects;
- Academic integrity and professional excellence in teaching, research, and service provision;
- Accountability and responsibility and commitment to work;
- Quality work in training, research and services;
- Professional and ethical standards of the highest order, practiced through openness, honesty, tolerance and respect for the individual;
- Academic freedom in critical thought and enquiry as well as the open exchange of ideas and knowledge;
- Equity and social justice with regard to gender, religion, ethnicity and other social characteristics;
- Productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all activities of the University underpinned by a dedication to quality, efficiency and effectiveness;
- Social responsibility, accountability and leadership in responding to issues and expectations of the society.