Sokoine University of Agriculture was first established on the 1st July, 1984 by Parliamentary Act No. 14 of 1984 through the amendment of Parliamentary Act No 6 of the same year. Following repealing of the Act, the university is now operating through the Sokoine University of Agriculture Charter, 2007 through the broad framework of the Universities Act, 2005.
The history of Sokoine University of Agriculture dates back to 1965 when it started as an Agricultural College offering diploma training in the discipline of agriculture.
After the dissolution of the University of East Africa and the consequent establishment of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in July 1970, the College was transformed into a Faculty of Agriculture of University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM) and thereby started offering Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. .
In 1974, the Division of Forestry was established and hence the faculty was named Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
The introduction of Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1976 and the establishment of the Division of Veterinary Science, the Faculty was re-named “Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Sciences”. .
The Faculty was on the 1st of July 1984 transformed, through Parliamentary Act No. 6 of 1984, into a full-fledged University and became known as Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).
The university was named Sokoine University of Agriculture in honor of then Prime Minister of Tanzania Edward Moringe Sokoine who died on 1984.
Sokoine University of Agriculture’s academic business is guided by the university’s vision and missions as well as the Corporate Strategic plan (2016-2021), the latter that spells out plans in keeping with university’s core missions and functions as well as the need to remain competitive.
SUA Vision Statement
The Vision of the university is “To be a leading University in the provision of quality knowledge and skills in agriculture and allied sciences”.
SUA Mission Statement
The vision is guided through the mission, which is “To Promote development in agriculture, natural resources and allied sectors through training, research and delivery of services”
SUA Core Values
In achieving its vision and fulfilling its mission, SUA adhere to the following core values:
1) Pursuit of excellence in service delivery
2) Entrepreneurial and innovative spirit,
3) Competitive orientation,
4) Integrity, Transparency and Accountability,
5) Results/ Achievement oriented
6) Diligence on duty,
7) Adaptive and responsive,
8) Freedom of thought and expression
9) Gender sensitive
10) Continuous learning.
SUA Motto/ Slogan
“Ardhi ni Hazina”. This is a Swahili word which means “Land is Treasure” in English