University of Iringa (UoI), formerly a constituent college of the Tumaini University, has started the academic year 2013–2014 as an autonomous fully fledged university, accredited by Tanzania Comission for Universities.
University of Iringa will celebrate the new independent status in an Inauguration Ceremony on Friday 25th October. During the day, each faculty will showcase their activities in an exhibition at the campus.
Currently the total enrolment of the University of Iringa is ca. 4000 students. The number of students as well as of study programmes is expected to increase over the following years.
The vision of the University of Iringa is to be a leading university that produces ethical, competitive and entrepreneurial leaders. University is planning to expand its activities outside Iringa, offering study programmes also in other locations. Also the community outreach services of the university will be further strengthened.
History of the University of Iringa dates back to 1994. It was originally founded as Iringa Lutheran College and Seminary. Since 1997 it has been operating under the Tumaini umbrella, and known with the name of Tumaini University, Iringa University College (IUCo).
Over the years, the fields of study provided by IUCo have gradually expanded to cover a whole range of disciplines and professions. The University of Iringa currently has six faculties, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Education, Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Counselling and Psychology. They offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as shorter diploma and certificate programmes.
The University of Iringa will continue to operate as a private university under the ownership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania.