Overview of Ardhi University – History and Academics

Overview of Ardhi University – History and Academics

Ardhi University (ARU) is a state university in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Its establishment was on 28 March 2007, although it had been operating for more than 60 years in various statuses. It  sits on Observation Hill near the University of Dar es Salaam, where it was a constituent college as University College of Lands and Architectural Studies—UCLAS from 1996 to 2007. Before becoming part of University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University was initially known as Ardhi Institute with a background dating back to the mid-1950s.

Currently, academic activities at the Ardhi University are in four schools including:

  1. School of Earth Sciences, Real Estates, Business and Informatics (SERBI)
  2. School of Architecture, Construction Economics and Management (SACEM)
  3. School of Spatial Planning and Social Science (SSPSS)
  4. School of Environmental Science and Technology (SEST)

Academic staff having doctoral degrees have grown from three to 43 from 1996 to 2008.

Background

Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Kikwete

The Ardhi University was created under the University Act No, 2005, and came into existence after the Ardhi University Charter was signed by  President Jakaya Kikwete on 28 March 2007. Ardhi University traces its roots back to the pre-independence era after establishment of a Surveying Training School offeringTechnician Certificate courses in land surveying in Dar es Salaam.

By 1974, Ardhi University name was changed to Ardhi Institute with an expansion of its range of courses to include building economics and building design. During the early 1980s, a public health engineering course (whose name was later changed to environmental engineering’) was introduced.

By 1996,  Ardhi Institute was made a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam, and a decade later was given autonomy as Ardhi University. Throughout the decade of association with the University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi Institute grew tremendously: Academic programmes offered increased from 6 to 39, as the student population grew to 1,400 from 400.

By 1979, there was the establishment of the Centre for Housing Studies as a joint project between the government of Tanzania and that of the Netherlands. The center grew to become the  Institute of Human Settlement Studies currently, it is involved in the ‘regularization of informal settlements’, that Dar es Salaam is endowed with in plenty.

Academics at the Ardhi University

Ardhi University today has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the schools and an institution highlighted below:

School of Earth Sciences, Real Estates, Business and Informatics (SERBI)

School of Architecture, Construction Economics and Management (SACEM)

School of Spatial Planning and Social Science (SSPSS)

School of Environmental Science and Technology (SEST)

Institute of Human Settlement Studies (IHSS)

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