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Tanzania’s Commission for Universities (TCU) has ordered the closure of two university colleges and suspended enrolment in 12 others in the coming 2018/2019 academic year, which starts on October 29, citing quality lapses.

TCU executive secretary Prof Charles Kihampa on Tuesday said that the decision was taken after an audit of the institutions.

Prof Kihampa said Teofilo Kisanji University (Tabora centre) and St John’s University of Tanzania (Msalato Centre) were closed all students ordered to transfer to other universities.


He further suspended new enrolment in Mlima Meru University, University of Bagamoyo, Eckernforde Tanga University, Jomo Kenyata University of Agriculture and Technology (Arusha Centre) and Joshua Kibira University College.

Kampala International University Tanzania, Teofilo Kisanji Univerity, Marian University College, Cardinal Rugambwa Memorial University College, Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University, St John’s University Tanzania (St Mark’s Centre) and African Union University of Tanzania have also been barred from taking in new students.

The current ones will continue with their courses, but remain under special supervision.

This is the second time in two years the TCU has closed down institutions of higher learning.