JUCO BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
The religious Superiors of the congregations working in Tanzania agreed early on with the Salvatorian Mission Superior, Fr. Andrew Urbanski, SDS, that there was need for an Institution of Higher Education for their Religious members – especially for those who felt a calling to the presbyteral ministry. To the great satisfaction of all concerned, preparations for such an institution began at Kola, in the town of Morogoro in Tanzania. Discussions concerning this project were initiated at the annual meeting of the Religious Superiors Association in Tanzania (RSAT) in 1988. Some time later it was clear that there was a need to have both a Philosophical and a Theological Department at the proposed institution.
On December 11, 1990, the Mission Chapter of the Salvatorian Mission in Tanzania agreed to work towards the organization of the Salvatorian Major Seminary in both philosophy and theology. It was decided that the Seminary’s patron would be the Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan. Permission was obtained by the Salvatorians in Tanzania to sponsor the project. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Adrian Mkoba, Ordinary of the Morogoro Diocese (on February 22, 1988), and the Rt. Reverend Archbishop Anthony Mayala, then Chairman of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (in his letter of March 2 of that year) on behalf of the Conference, gave the respective nihil obstat and their blessings. On September 2, 1990, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, blessed the cornerstone of this Seminary at his meeting with the clergy and religious, during his pastoral visit in St. Peter’s Church, Dar es Salaam.
The new Mission Superior of the Salvatorians in Tanzania, Fr. Zdzislaw Tracz, SDS, became responsible for implementing the plan. He contacted the Swiss architect, Prof. Herbert Kramel of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, for the design of the buildings. With the Italo-Tanzanian Construction Firm, Coastal Steel, he arranged for the construction to begin in 1991 at Morogoro-Kola.
Progress on the building of the Seminary advanced to a point where, by mid-1993, facilities became available for the opening of classes on August 16, for the first of the three-year philosophy program. The initial staff of six lecturers consisted of members from the Holy Ghost Missionaries, the Consolata Fathers, the Salvatorians, and one lay professor, who came midway into the second year and is a Companion of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. These instructors hailed from Tanzania, Mozambique, Holland, Poland and the United States of America. The original twenty-five students represented five religious orders.
In the second year, another twenty-one students came to start their studies in philosophy. Future projections indicated that each year there would be about twenty to twenty-five newcomers for the three-year philosophy program.
By 1995, the student enrolment had increased to eighty, representing nine religious congregations. The Salvatorian Major Seminary also accepted members of Religious Orders beginning their first year of Theology.
In the same year the Salvatorian Major Seminary had received official affiliation with the Philosophy Faculty of the Pontifical Urbaniana University of Rome. Official recognition of this status was given on July 6, (Decree #932/95/2), and this made the school year special for all concerned.
By 1998, the number of students had increased to one hundred and seventy, representing fifteen religious congregations. The academic staff had grown to twenty-four members, from twelve Religious Congregations, and three lay teachers.
On January 26, 1999 the next step had been achieved. With the decree # 164/99 the Salvatorian Major Seminary has beenaffiliated with the Theology Faculty of the same University.
At the same time, the authority of the Seminary together with the Generalate of the Society of the Divine Saviour addressed a request to the proper Ecclesiastical Authorities to change the name of the institution from the Salvatorian Major Seminary to the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology. The Congregations of Evangelization and Christian Education together with the Pontifical University Urbaniana approved this change on April 21, 1999.
On April 16, 2010 the General Council of the Society of the Divine Saviour resolved to transform the Salvatorian Institute into a constituent college of St. Augustine University of Tanzania with the name of Jordan University College. On November 2, 2010 the College received from The Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) the Certificate of Provisional Registration.
The Institution was led by: Fr. David Brusky, SDS, the first rector of the Seminary (1993-1996), Fr. Stanislaw Golus, SDSwas the second rector in the transition from the Seminary to the Institute (1996-1999), the third rector was Fr. Julian Bednarz, SDS (1999-2005), and the last rector of the Institute was Fr. Bernard Witek, SDS (2005-2010) who continues to lead the Institution as the first principal (2010- ).
The transformation of the Salvatorian Institute seminary oriented into Jordan University College as an open higher learning institution was based onthe following two objectives:
1. To contribute more effectively to the local church by:
Continuing preparation and formation of the candidates to the priestly and religious life;
Offering programs preparing lay people for the mission of the Church in 21st century.
2. To contribute to the local society in view of the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 by:
Offering high quality academic programmes aiming at solving problems of the society and contributing to the development of the country
JUCO is devoted to create and expand opportunities for quality higher education in Tanzania and beyond by offering competitive, demand-driven and community-relevant academic and professional degree and non-degree programmes.
JUCO intends to be a self-sustaining centre of excellence in higher education devoted to the advancement, refinement, dissemination and application of values, knowledge in order to understand and transform our world from within and in our context. African Studies and philosophical subjects inserted in every department offering BA degree underline the need to motivate, emphasise and nurture the African psychological, socio-economic and political awareness geared towards preparing selfconfident African scholars and leaders.
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