The institution which has become the Arusha Technical College (ATC), was established in 1978 jointly by the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and Germany, under the name of the Technical College Arusha (TCA). The College is located at the Central Business District of the Arusha City which is the Northern Tanzania’s centre of agriculture, commerce, trade and tourism. Arusha City is also the Head Quarter of the East Africa Community and is the central point in Africa between Cape Town and Cairo. It is surrounded by famous mountains such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. In addition, it is the door to the world’s great wildlife refuges including Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and Tarangire. All these make the location of the College an ideal place for education, training and applied research.
The College is accredited by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) to run and grant awards to successful candidates in technician and Engineering programmes. Awards offered are Ordinary Diploma namely the National Technical Level (NTA) 4 – 6 and the prospective Bachelor of Engineering namely the National Technical Level (NTA) 7 - 8.
1. Ordinary Diploma Programmes
(a) Ordinary Diploma in Automotive Engineering
(b) Ordinary Diploma in Civil Engineering
(c) Ordinary Diploma in Electrical Engineering
(d) Ordinary Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
(e) Ordinary Diploma in Laboratory Sciences and Technology
(f) Ordinary Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
(g) Ordinary Diploma in Transportation Engineering
(h) Ordinary Diploma in Information Technology
(i) Ordinary Diploma in Computer Science
(j) Ordinary Diploma in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
2. Bachelor Degree
(a) Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Civil and Irrigation Engineering
Vision and Mission of the College
ATC has vision and mission statements derived from the Technical Education and Training Policy (1996), which in turn evolved from the National Vision 2025. Tanzania Vision 2025 targets at high quality livelihood for all Tanzanians by increasing training capacity and improving the quality of technical education and training. This is a response to the high demand for qualified technical personnel.
The statements identify the broad-based technical educational purposes of the college as “evolving high level human resource”. The statements read as follows.
The vision of ATC is to become a centre of excellence that provides a national and international high-level human resource through exemplary competence based Technical Education and Training
The mission of ATC is to provide high quality career-focused, skills-based Technical Education and Training to enhance the role of the individuals as productive and responsible members of the society.
Philosophy and Core Values of the College
The education philosophy of ATC is to meet the intellectual, physical, psychological and social needs of students. The educational experience gained prepares them for serving our Nation for sustainable development.
ATC core values are: Provision of competence based education and training, service to community, integrity, diversity, equal opportunities, accountability and honesty, freedom and responsibility, mutual respect and unity of purpose, excellence in performance.
College Staff Member
At present the college has 62 teaching members of staff (Lecturers/Tutors/Instructors) and 36 supporting staff. Lecturers/Tutors/Instructors have different level of education ranging from Certificate to Ph.D. It is anticipated that by 2012 the college will have 139 academic staff all meeting NACTE standards. The increase is due to increased enrollment of students to the proposed new program and others.