The Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Memorial University (SUMAIT University) was built on the foundation of the former University College of Education Zanzibar (UCEZ) established in 1998 by a charity organization, Kuwait based Africa Muslims Agency (AMA/Direct Aid) founded in 1981.
Thus, the University is the product of its founder, Dr. Abdulrahman Hamoud Al-Sumait (1947-2013), an accomplished physician, philanthropist, educator, researcher, author, pioneer and AMA founding member from whom the university bears its name.
The University is located at Chukwani, on the Island of Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania about 5.5 kilometres from the seaport of the old Stone Town, 2.5 kilometres from Abeid Karume International Airport and just 150 metres away from the west coast of the Indian Ocean.
The University occupies an area of 120,000 square metres granted by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar. It is charmed by beautiful green scenery of exotic trees and fragrance of blooming flowers. SUMAIT University was approved as a private University by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) on 14th May 2014 at its 63rd Meeting held on 27th March, 2014.
According to the TCU rules, all registered students prior to the award of university upgrading status continued to graduate at the Khartoum based International University of Africa. Students who registered during the 2014/2015 academic year will graduate from SUMAIT University beginning 2017.
SUMAIT University is a moderate progressive Higher Learning Institution which promotes morality, modesty, gender equality and Islamic Culture in shaping the individual life and developing the human resources for nation building. It advances knowledge, education, learning, research and community participation.
The University is proud of its national and internationally recruited academic staff with student population a mixture of international breeding from Tanzania and Africa at large. It is indeed conspicuous that the University vision, mission and objectives are towards global competitiveness; thus placing itself in optimistic horizon and propels towards academic excellence. We welcome all students from Tanzania and abroad to SUMAIT University to develop professional carrier and enjoy the peaceful value based environment.
Vision, Mission, & Ojectives
The Vision of the University is to become a centre of excellence and a valued member of the global academic community in education and other related fields with emphasis on implementing practical skills, research, consultancy, services to the community and integration of basic and applied knowledge in the society in a religious environment to perpetuate morality.
The Mission of the University shall be to advance education, expand, transmit, enhance and preserve broad fields of knowledge for the benefit of the people of Zanzibar in particular, Tanzania, Africa and the world at large.
The objectives of the University shall be to advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding through teaching, research, extension and consultancy and by the example and influence of its corporate life and subject to the provisions of the Charter and any other applicable law.