Teofilo Kisanji University is owned by the Moravian Church in Tanzania. Its origin is a Theological College, which was established in the early 1960s. In 2004, the Moravian leaders decided to transform the Theological College into a University. The University was granted a certificate of Provisional Registration in April, 2006 and a Certificate of Full Registration in September 2007. In 2010, the University received a signed charter and rules from the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The University is growing very fast from the enrolment of 255 students in 2006/2007 academic year to 1,786 (1,189 equivalent to 66.6 percent male and 597 equivalent to 33.4 percent female) students in 2008/2009 academic year. In the academic year, 2009/2010, the enrolment rose to 2,527 (872 female and 1655 male). In the academic year, 2010/2011 the number rose to 3, 420 students, who comprised of 1231 female and 2189 male. In 2011/2012 academic year, the total number of students was 3,831 where 2356 or 61 percent male and 11475 or 39 percent female. The total number of students in 2012/2013 academic year was 3782 where 2325 (61.5 percent) were male and 1457 (38.5 percent) female. For the 2013/2014 academic year, the number of students was 4,840.
Training, research and consultancy are the major functions of TEKU and the University is committed to producing quality graduates who are competent and of high integrity. This calls for all students who join TEKU to ensure that they work hard to achieve their goals and the Nation's goal of producing quality graduates who will contribute effectively to the development of this nation. Each student has to adhere to the policies and regulations as contained in this Prospectus, the University Charter, TEKUSO Constitution, and Students' by-Laws.
TEKU has sufficient and appropriate infrastructure and resources and competent academic and administrative staff to enable students to study comfortably and efficiently. The newly built hostels, which are well furnished, will accommodate many students at affordable rates and therefore offer very conducive living premises for our students.