Tanzania: UCLAS becomes Ardhi University

With effect of August 2007 the former University College of Lands and Architectural Studies (UCLAS), home of SPRING Tanzania, has been transformed into Ardhi University (ARU). This marks a major milestone in the history of our Tanzanian SPRING partner.

The institution was originally founded in 1956 as a Survey Training School. In 1972 it became Ardhi Institute and began offering tertiary level education in the areas of land surveying, urban and rural planning, land management and evaluation. Later on architecture, building economics and environmental engineering were added. In 1996 Ardhi Institute beame a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam and was therefore named University College of Lands and Architectural Studies (UCLAS). In 2007 UCLAS was finally transformed into a fully fledged university, bearing the name Ardhi University.

The transformation into an independent university also has implications for the Tanzanian SPRING programme. The former Faculty has now become the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) and Dr. John Lupala was appointed as new dean. Among others this means more direct and shorter decision-making processes.